What will you leave behind? Mar 8, 2014 0:16:28 GMT -5 puppybox, ponygirl, and 4 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by BetsyMarie on Mar 8, 2014 0:16:28 GMT -5 I think this thread is a great reminder of reality. We get so used to seeing our own stuff, but are shocked when we see the similar things in others' houses. When I used to watch 'Hoarders' I just couldn't imagine living that way and thought 'why can't they just start to clean it up?'. Yet I myself lived in a home that was very bad - and wasn't decluttering. It was just too overwhelming. When our house was really bad, whenever I would leave home, it crossed my mind that if something happened when we were out (car wreck or something), someone else would come in and have to deal with it. That used to cause great anxiety in me. But now, after a few serious decluttering episodes the past few years, and more recently working like a mad woman (hours almost daily) to clear and clean the house for the past 3+ months, there are enough parts of it that look very nice to be considered 'normal'. While there are still a few rooms that 'suffer greatly', it's nowhere near as bad as before. I no longer feel the same angst when leaving home. It is if a great weight has been lifted. And I'm not even done. Still months more to go.As a hoarder, I always thought someday the house would be cleared out and cleaned. But that just never happened on it's own. To the contrary, it kept getting worse till we hit goat paths in 15 rooms, and literal 'stuff' gridlock. If you are an actual hoarder instead of a generic 'messy', digging out will take time and effort. But what is the alternative? To live like this forever?I am not a spring chicken and would guess I'm older than most people here. 'Clean' won't happen on it's own. For me it's now or never, and when it gets clean, I want a good chunk of time to enjoy it. I've lived like this for far too long.Slow and steady wins the race.Dragon, thank you so very much for sharing your story - all of it.