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  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Member Posts: 4,447 Member Member Posts: 4,447 Member
    AMR76 wrote: »
    RubyRed427 wrote: »
    I grew up in a spotless house. My mom would stay up late cleaning many nights. I think it set an unrealistic expectation for me as an adult. My brain got wired to think it was the way you live .... with zero clutter.

    My mom, grandmother, aunts... all have beautifully decorated homes. Where they hide their clutter, they've never passed on the secret! I am like your husband.... :( My mom says that even as an infant, before I could roll over, I could destroy a perfectly clean room during my sleep.

    I wish I weren't like this because I know how distracting the clutter is to me and know that it places a deep emotional burden on my mind and can lead to financial and emotional distress which can lead to other things, like excess weight.

    I'm not saying your husband is wrong in how he is, but I am curious - does he ever feel overwhelmed by all the "things" he has? I feel like all of it just gets in my way of enjoying life. I spend more time cleaning up after myself than anything!

    I'll spend an entire day de-cluttering and scrubbing and enjoy a stress free / clean home for 1 day... then the cycle starts again.

    {{{{{ LOVE and HUGS }}}}} You are so not alone, please know that. This decluttering thing is very relatable to weight takes TIME, patience and again, like weight blastification, it takes a "throwing down the gautlet" with yourself (mainly your thinking) and adopting a nothing is going to stop me from accomplishing all of my goals, including decluttering. I'm just going to have patience with myself and remember/remind myself OFTEN that slow and steady ALWAYS tends to win the race. I'm in competition with NOONE other than myself. Comparing myself to others is a deal breaker, period. I didn't gain all this weight overnight and I'm purposely NOT going to try to hurry and lose it either--the same with decluttering. That you have the desire to do so is really the "ticket" to change.
    THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR POSTING!!! Your post is going to help inspire and encourage others that they are not alone!

    I'm cheering you ON and here's another {{{ Hug }}} just because! o:)<3o:)



  • brenn24179brenn24179 Member Posts: 1,919 Member Member Posts: 1,919 Member
    letting go, lets say decluttering, accepting family is so dysfunctional, letting go of the stress. Stress can kill you and cortisol, make you gain weight. Just did a lot of work to my house and that was stressful but you cannot escape all stress. Realizing this too shall pass. I hate uncomfortable feelings but realizing I can get thru them and tolerate them and not over eat. Biggie for me. Let Go of stress eating, do what I need to do, not what I want to do! and then the next time will be easier. I lost 40 lbs, stress ate 5 back and I am so angry, going to get that off!
  • mynameisnobody1990mynameisnobody1990 Member Posts: 37 Member Member Posts: 37 Member
    I deleted my other MFP account because half the people never supported me anyway and I didn't want to delete them. Now, I don't even miss the people who I thought were "fun" friends. I'll never go back to adding people. THAT is decluttering my MFP.
  • mynameisnobody1990mynameisnobody1990 Member Posts: 37 Member Member Posts: 37 Member
    mockchoc wrote: »
    It's easy. Get flooded like I did last year and just throw just about everything out. Simple lol. Aghhh.. I am keeping it simple now. Less everything is the way I want it.

    A pity about the flooding, but sometimes it takes something of that amplitude to make us realize what is necessary. I hope you are doing better now. It seems you acquired wisdom. <3
  • snoo61snoo61 Member Posts: 536 Member Member Posts: 536 Member
    snoo61 wrote: »
    Hi all! I've been in NY a month, and still have 3 weeks to go. Babies are great, teaching is kicking my a**, but we have a routine. I'm really missing home though.

    Hi Snoo!

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    WOW! Thanks so much my friend!
  • snoo61snoo61 Member Posts: 536 Member Member Posts: 536 Member
    snoo61 wrote: »
    After NY, I'll be home for a month, then go to Florida to help clean out dad's house (my dad died 2 weeks ago). In September I'll be back in NY for the birth of our 4th grandchild! Pray for me, this is a lot. Love you!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved father {{{ Hugs }}}, but as per ALWAYS, your attitude is so admirable and inspirational, I LOVE you Snoo and pls. know you are ever in my heart/thoughts and prayers. This is so a LOT and I am so grateful for the way you think and are.


    Again, thank you! I appreciate all the support. :smiley:
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 6,960 Member Member Posts: 6,960 Member
    Hi, I'm back after a long absence in this thread. I'm so glad to see it's still going.

    I know people who are close to hoarders, but high-functioning.

    What would you recommend advising a collector of *collections* when their house is full but doesn’t make them happy?

    Not me! I'm functioning better than I was for a while, but never lost total grip of tidying etc.
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 6,960 Member Member Posts: 6,960 Member
    Haven’t been on here for quite some time! Still working on my 15 minute a day decluttering challenge. Most days I do several 15 minute sessions.

    Just like my quest for better health and fitness, decluttering is a permanent process. The clutter just keeps on coming, and you have to stay on top of it 😂

    Weight wise, I’m now in maintenance, having discarded 78lbs. I hope to reach maintenance in household clutter soon, to match my streamlined physique 😂

    My weight loss and decluttering are going hand in hand as part of my evolving lifestyle. I am gradually overcoming the conditioning of a deprived childhood where nothing was wasted, or thrown away.

    We were the original reuse/recycle/repurpose society.

    2020 started out as my Depth Year, where I was determined to buy only essential items, repurpose what I already owned, or get rid of anything I no longer needed. Lockdown has stalled the last one a little, but only temporarily. I’m doing my usual winter into summer cull of my wardrobe, and will get rid of the cast offs as soon as the opportunity arises.

    Great to see you, Terri. x Yep, we started earlier than most.

    I started in 2016 while I was getting close to my maintenance weight.

    It's been wonderful seeing the world catch on and reuse/repurpose the things we all now share.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    Orphia wrote: »

    What would you recommend advising a collector of *collections* when their house is full but doesn’t make them happy? Most collectors have some kind of storage system for their prized possessions - cabinets, shelves, display cases, racks, etc. Perhaps these collectors could be enticed to display their collection to its best advantage - and at the same time get back some of their living space. If they can't do that, then maybe the collection needs to be downsized.

    That's a good question - collections can get out of hand quickly.

    A general thought about clutter - as a person starts getting healthier and feels better, they have more energy to clean and put things away. Which leads to a lower stress environment. Which leads to less energy being wasted on stress. Which leads to being able to clean up even more and put things away - instead of having piles of clutter because they don't have energy to get up/get what they need all the time, or put stuff away, etc. Just as the cycle can get more intense in a bad way, it can also spiral into an improvement cycle.
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