When a Hoarder TRIES the KonMari Method

I decided to get on the bandwagon and try the KonMari Method to clean out my hoard.  I watched enough Tidying Up episodes in Netflix to get the gist of it.  First I have to pull every single item of clothing I own and put it in one spot.  Little did I realize, I have 8 bins worth of clothing plus a closet and drawers that I can FIND.  As I piled my mountain of clothes onto the couch and floor,  I quickly regretted my decision.  This triggered my anxiety to a five alarm panic attack status.  I want to cry, I want to hide, I’m overwhelmed…what do I do with all of this??!! I started picking up each article of clothing asking, does it start joy?  Well you know it does, I’m a hoarder!  I have attached a memory, a story, a purpose to these clothes! This make me happy and I feel safe surrounded by my fortress of crap!  That’s why I still hold onto it all!  The decision making process was torturous as I felt I HAD to get rid of some of my clothes.  I captured the event in this Part 1 video:

Minimalism Game Challenge Week 2

When I was doing week 2 of the Minimalism Game Challenge, I started to feel the pressure of letting go of my stuff.  I have already let go of so much stuff the past few months and now I’m forcing myself to keep up with letting go multiple things every single day!  During these higher days of getting rid of 13 things on day 13 are becoming stressful.  I can feel my anxiety creeping up as I search the house for treasures to discard.  I’m not sure how I am going to make it through week 3 & 4 but I’m going to keep moving forward!  Below is a video of week 2 of the Minimalism Game Challenge!

Playing the 30 Minimalism Game Challenge when you are a Hoarder

This month I decided to play the 30 day Minimalism Game Challenge as a New Year’s resolution since I was doing a “No Spend January” to stop bringing more things into the house.  I wanted to make sure more things were going out than coming in, so this is the perfect game for me to try!  The rules are that on Day 1 you get rid of 1 thing, Day 2 you get rid of 2 things, Day 3 equals 3 things and so on.  As you can see, it’s going to get intense on Day 20 and those higher days for a hoarder.  Maybe even a typical person might struggle getting rid of about 465 things in one month.  But I’m up for the challenge and documented week 1 in the video.  If you have played the “30 Day Minimalism Game Challenge” I would love to heard about it in the comments below!

Hoarded Toy Room Completely Clean!!! Before & After Pictures

Finally!!! After months of clean out of this toy room, it is finally clean!!! This has been an emotional roller coaster with feelings of anxiety and frustration to joy and happiness.  There were days I thought I would never get it done.  But I kept going because baby steps still move you forward.  Another huge part of keeping me motivated was documenting it all on my YouTube Channel.  When you have people watching you and cheering you on, it keeps you cleaning out your hoard.  I realized that short term goals and high accountability gets the best results for any personal achievement.  I am learning to heal from my hoarding mindset.  I have attached the video below so you can see my Before & After photos of my hoarded toy room.

 

2019 New Year Resolutions & Cleaning out my Hoarded House!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I am back from a Holiday Break and ready to jump into 2019!  This year I have 4 main resolutions but will be breaking them down to monthly short term goals so they are more achievable.  First and most important is:  Clean out and organize my entire 1st floor of my house.  Second, complete the 30 day Minimalist Game Challenge in January.  Next is complete a “No Spend January” to help boost my Debt Snowball.  Lastly is complete Baby Step 2 and 3 in the Dave Ramsey Total Money Make Over Series.  I have a video below with more details on each step!