I had to laugh when I read this blog posting from a teacher.
Here's what I left in her comments section:
Hate to tell you, but it doesn't get any better in Egypt! My last day of teaching was June 27 and I've got paper mountains yet to climb. I switched schools and grade levels this year so I made it my goal to sort through all my teaching materials. It's just been too many years of stashing and not sorting through. So far, I've discovered that they can take up a third of the living room floor. With my husband's patience waning, I think I'd better make more of an effort.
Also, I read this HORRIBLE article about a hoarder in Minnesota who died in a fire at his house. Basically, his piles killed him! I can't have things consume my life. I need my house for people not stuff. That story is pushing me to not see my piles as harmless. I need to get some control over them STAT.
"Piles," by the way are what the British call hemorrhoids. I find that very accurate since these piles around our homes are really a pain in the ...well...I'll stop there.
Thanks for being so honest! And to think I was only coming here to look for figurative language posters!
If you go to that link for that news story, you'll see a video as well. It is gripping. You can't look at all those papers and books and still feel the same about yours. Collecting is not the same as hoarding.
Unfortunately, there's a little bit of a hoarder in me. Book lovers are hoarders in disguise! Teachers are one of the best professions to get into if you want to indulge in hoarding. "I need to save those displays! I can't throw out those worksheets! I might need that realia some day!"
It's such a countrywide problem that A&E has a whole show for this. You can find out more about it here. The videos aren't loading but you can search around for more. There are "before and after" photos but I'll warn you that some of them are rather upsetting. If you're sliding into a life of hoarding, it's not a bad idea to get "scared straight" by the startling sight. No, your home might not be as bad as that but chances are that you have a few piles as well.
Oprah has also done shows on this issue. She has a British expert, Peter Walsh, deal with all aspects of the problem. No, it isn't all about organizing the stuff; a lot of it is psychological. YES, you need to let go---of things, people and the past. You have to make a house primarily for people NOT for things. Go to her website for a wealth of information.
For me, I've been asking:
- I valued this once but does this still help me?
- Does this keep good energy in my home or does it bring bad energy? If a emotionally draining thought or story is immediately triggered by an object, then it needs to go.
- If I'm not using this, can someone else use this as a blessing? If it is no longer a blessing to anyone, then it needs to be thrown away.
- Can I free up needed space or sense of self by getting ride of this?
During Ramadan, I see better. I hate disorder. I can't eat suhour in a messy kitchen. I can't throw things in a pile for later. I'm in attack mode. Not only do I want my inner being cleaner; I want my surroundings to be cleaner.
I can't handle it all in one day. It's a HUGE job! It's not only the physical element of shifting things around. There's a mental component when you come across a trigger to memories or bad feelings. Ramadan is the best time to combat all of that. It's a freeing up from dunya and the belief of more MORE MORE!
Inshahallah, you can make your life cleaner during the month of fresh starts.