As I write this blog about my journey of freeing myself of hoarding, I chose to keep myself anonymous for now. I am not ready to reveal who I am, because I am still ashamed of my hoarding. I am afraid people will judge me wrongly and quickly look at me as a person who is lazy, dirty and disgusting. I am not ready to be associated with the stigma of a hoarder publicly. I am still in the vulnerable stage of admitting this truth about myself. I feel a lot of other hoarders feel the same way as I do and that is why we hide it. But I am none of those qualities of lazy, dirty or disgusting. I am actually happy, loving, nurturing, giving and a hard worker. I am a mother of two thriving energetic young boys. I have a passion for crafts, art and creating. I love to write in my journal and have done so since I was a little girl. I feel such passion when I help other people and truly enjoy volunteering. The only flaw I feel in my heart about myself, is this need to hoard objects and hold onto them as if they were part of my identity. But I will transform this flaw into my strength and help others who struggle with it as well. I want people to realize that it is a mental struggle to let go of their hoard but that there is always hope to change that pattern. There is always love to replace the fears. I will be successful in this journey and it will bring such freedom to reveal who I am in the future: a woman who broke free of her mental chains and shared to the world how she did it.