Hoarding {ish} With Jennifer

This week on “Hoarding: Buried Alive” we follow Jennifer, a 30-year old office supply hoarder from Central Texas who is in over her head in ink and pencil shavings….

Ok, so, my hoard doesn’t require 10 dump trucks, an organizational specialist and a therapist (although, I’m not counting this one out just yet lol…), but it is a bit aggressive for someone who graduated from college 8 years ago and barely takes notes or writes by hand anymore. (Hey Apple notes, how you doin’?)

So how did this great gathering all start? Well, you see I tend to have anxiety and panic attacks (yep, newsflash, I’m far from perfect) and instead of dealing with those feelings in a normal or at least productive way, I decided to go from room to room, drawer to drawer on a mad woman search for every pen, marker and pencil that I could find.

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You see, earlier that day I stopped at the store to get school supplies for a local donation box, and like the junkie I am, couldn’t resist from procuring a few extra supplies for my own stash. Nothing too “hard”, just some pens, pencils, a fresh box of crayons (swoon) a journal and an electric pencil sharpener.

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You can smell this picture, can’t you!

I thought my personal ‘back to school haul’ would ease the anxious feelings that were creeping up. Nope. In fact, when I sat at my desk ready to unbox and introduce my new beauties, I realized that I had made a silly impulse purchase that wasn’t going to make me feel any better.  This crummy feeling only multiplied when I remembered  that I had plenty of pens in the drawer inches from my hand. Those pens, just like Andy’s toys in Toy Story, sit there hopping that the next time I go to grab a writing instrument that they would be the “chosen” one.

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From there it escalated. In an attempt to establish some sort of “reasoning” (AKA denial) I decided that I would replace the “bad” pens with the 12 new ones. I grabbed a note pad and a stack of pens and began the test. It became obvious, that I had taken exceptionally good care of my pens and finding 12 misfits was going to be hard.

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Cut to an hour later, my house looked like it had been the target of FBI raid. Every drawer was open and rummaged through and contents of purses and bags were turned inside-out and emptied on the island in pursuit for errant office supplies. No nook or cranny was safe.

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When all was said and done I had rounded up quite the bounty.

9 legal pads (why legal?)

3 spiral notebooks

2 journal style notebooks

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140 {ish} pens, pencils, markers and highlighters

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Now, again, this particular hoard is not a ‘bring in the dump trucks’ type of situation, but when you take in to account that I do almost everything digitally and can only write with 1 hand…it is still a bit much. Especially since I have a bad habit of impulse purchases.

I decided it was time to let go, so I made an A team (those supplies worthy to sit at my desk) a B Team (those good enough to stay for use around the house) and the cut list. Those supplies still have a lot of life, but will find renewed existence in a new home.

A medium-sized box was quickly filled and placed curb side and with the help of a post on our neighborhoods Facebook page, the box was on to its new home within 15 minutes!

What is your shopping & hoarding weakness? Let me know in the comments below, maybe we can start a support group!

 

 

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