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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-10 15:21
Subject: Breaking for lunch
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:uncomfortableuncomfortable
Music:Nothing but the quiet hum of my laptop
Tags:hoarding, rl, yarn
Our bed is still covered with yarn but I need to rest for a while. I also have more sympathy for the folks on the various hoarding shows who get tired after what seems to the viewer (read, me) a ridiculously short amount of time. I'm exhausted and I'm no where near done. Also, unless you lived here, you wouldn't be able to tell anything has changed. Unnerving, that.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 17:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The hoarding shows make me feel better too, as we aren't *quite* that bad. It's interesting though -- you know the camera will sometimes do a close-up on dust-covered cobwebs or piles of dust and animal hair in a corner? Watching the shows has changed my focus because now I can see those in my house. Before I started watching I hadn't paid any attention to how much dust there is in my own house.
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lolabobs
User: lolabobs
Date: 2010-04-10 20:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ooh - take a photo of your yarn stash - primarily because I'm nosy to see how much you have - I'm having a resurgance of knitting and have to fight the urge to keep buying wool, so I'm curious to see how much you've accrued.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I took lots of pictures but they're at home on my computer. I'll try to post some later tonight.

The majority of my stash is acrylic (Caron Simply Soft). When I first started working with fiber in May of 2006, it was the first yarn I found readily available that wasn't stiff and scratchy. I still like it for its softness but I've heard rumors that it is somewhat delicate and may not hold up through repeated machine washings.
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Jenn
User: jennlk
Date: 2010-04-10 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, but at least you're doing it. J looks at long-term projects like that, says "it'll take too long" and never even starts.

I need to weed my stash a little --it's overflowing the space I've defined for it. (No wool, though.)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Some of my stash is wool, but the vast majority is acrylic.

Also, as for the "it'll take too long," I can understand where he's coming from but that thought generally doesn't stop me. I figure if it needs to be done, it doesn't really matter how long or how munch energy it'll take, I just have to get started and work my way through. On the other hand, if I think the job is pointless, I may never start.

Edited at 2010-04-12 05:53 pm (UTC)
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ahavia
User: ahavia
Date: 2010-04-11 02:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have been trying to get my winter linen and blankets bagged up to put in storage all week. some day.....
Ahavia
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 17:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sunday's big accomplishment was washing the duvet cover for our winter comforter. Not that it's been folded or put away. I need Jebra's help to fold it and he was off working security for a convention. Maybe Tuesday if there's time between grocery shopping and him leaving for band practice...

Where do you store your winter linens? In your apartment or in a storage unit elsewhere?
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ahavia
User: ahavia
Date: 2010-04-12 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I live at Stapeley in Germantown, a continuing care facility. I live in a 1 bedroom independent living apartment. At the end of the hall there is a laundry room and a door to our security storage space. We all have a storage unit with our own locks. So as of this morning, all the winter linen that I am going to put in the unit is bagged up and in my folding cart. I will get on my scooter and tool down the hall and put this stuff in my storage unit. And have my living space a bit neater.
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ahavia
User: ahavia
Date: 2010-04-12 22:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Winter lines are now in the storage unit. Good ME!
Last Aug. I was in the hospital with congestive heart failure. I came home scared. I could no longer live alone. At 63. I hired help to get me thru the day and started working on moving to this Quaker facility. I also hired a company, Here to Home, which helps seniors do what I needed to do, downsize and set up my new home. While I layed in bed, this wonderful woman emptied my closets so I could decide what I would keep and what would be given to a agency that was helping women get off of welfare. And then the same was done to my books and doll collections, etc. I went from a 1380 sq. ft. 2 bedroom apartment to a 660 sq ft. 1 bedroom place. Much was given away to places I felt very good about. And the rest was boxed up, the moving company moved me 4 mo. later and Here to Home set me up here so I am surrounded by things I love and am very comfortable. Yes, it cost money to get that much help but it was worth it. I could not do all this on my own.
If I really can not do something on my own, I ask for help. And so far, have gotten the help I need.
I feel blessed. Ahavia
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mbumby: scrapbook
User: mbumby
Date: 2010-04-11 04:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:scrapbook
Oh gods, do I resemble that remark. (I remember after months of driving carloads from trailer to house, at least one per day, I couldn't see the dent.)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 17:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can totally relate. We have so much stuff and I'm so damned indecisive when it comes to figuring out what to do with it. And then even when I know, I have trouble finding all of the parts/accessories that should go together. Like my phone -- I found the phone and docking station, but not the power cable or the users manuals. And I think I still have the box it all came in somewhere. I'd like to get it all boxed up together before I donate it.

That's actually one of my problems -- I hate to waste stuff or see stuff that is still good (it works, it isn't missing any parts, and it isn't even scratched up) end up in recycling when it could be used (and hopefully loved) by someone else.
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mbcrui
User: mbcrui
Date: 2010-04-11 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Take pictures as you sort, then you can print out a list of what is where... I tried that when I sorted fabric last time... and have a couple of dozen photos or material, along with a list of how much is there... never got around to putting it on the bins of fabric, tho, so I know i have 5 yards of black rayon somewhere in the closet.

I did a little better the last time I sorted yarn, and labeled the bins... except that was 2 years ago and at some point the labels no longer match the bins.

What I want is something like Readerwear for yarn and fabric-- scan the barcode, and it'll go online, look up what you have, give you a price for it... then you an input what bin it's in, how much you have and if there is a project plan for it.

I have a very organized imagination... too bad i seldom put it into practice:)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Funny you should say that. Funny because that's what I was doing. (I didn't see your comment until this morning. Apparently I never checked LJ yesterday. I was too busy pulling my hair out trying to figure out crochet on the double. Which thus far has defeated me.)

I also took photos of the various boxes I stuffed the yarn into, as I knew I wouldn't be able to remember what box held what.
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Roxanne
User: rmeidaking
Date: 2010-04-11 19:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hang in there! It's going that way for me with the photographs. I make progress, but it's invisible to the neutral observer.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-04-12 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm making progress and I know it. In addition to hoarding problems, I have problems estimating how much time any particular task will take. I routinely underestimate and then get frustrated when there isn't time to, say, sort through my yarn *and* wash the kitchen floor.
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