Now is a great time to start clearing out items you may no longer need. It’s a perfect time of year to have a yard sale, or give donations to families in need for items for the winter/holidays. Do you find that you have a hard time parting with the items you no longer use? We can identify with you. Do you think you might be a hoarder? See the letter we found online, below. If you need help organizing your items, just ask your Morning Glory caregiver for help!
DEAR COMPULSIVE HOARDER,
Do not be ashamed. Please let go of that feeling; it has no place in your heart. You’ve had the unfortunate twist of fate which left you with a largely misunderstood mental disorder (and NO, that doesn’t make you crazy)! It means for some reason, you have this extra challenge even though you didn’t ask for it. Totally unfair. But you didn’t rationally choose to end up in this state. You’re intelligent. You’re accomplished. And you have nothing to be ashamed of.
I don’t think you’re lazy. I think you’re probably overwhelmed. You might be in denial, to varying degrees. I think you’re probably creative, and can see great potential everywhere you look. You might even be a perfectionist, with super high standards. You take comfort in your collections, and you love the thrill of the hunt. I bet you’re a skilled bargain seeker, too.
You have some challenges ahead when you’re ready to face them…actually, whether you’re ready or not. Problems that just don’t go away when you close the door or turn the radio up louder. You probably already know that; but do you know this?
You are not alone.
You are not the only one with too much stuff. You’re not the only one who doesn’t know where to start. You’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, defensive, or in wondering where the money will come to help you. I think you probably have people in your life willing to help you, even if you don’t think you do. And it’s good you’re not alone, because you can’t turn your life around alone.
It starts by clearing a spot in your heart to let others back in. Place your trust in them so they may help you in anyway they know best. They’re not out to get your stuff. They may be confused, baffled, or as overwhelmed as you. But they’re there for you if you let them. People to help sort, make repairs, lift heavy things, tell you jokes when you’re feeling low. People who see you as a good person, a neighbor, a relative, a co-worker, a valued member of society.
Check it out! Fall Clean Up: Large Trash Pick-Up Dates
- Troy: Call Allied Waste & they will pickup 2 large items/week.
- Edwardsville: Sept 29-Oct 3 on regularly scheduled trash day.
- Glen Carbon: Sept 22-Sept 26 on regularly scheduled trash day.