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!

How does my Husband feel about my Hoarding?

This is question I get asked a lot:  “How does your Husband feel about your hoarding?” My husband is patient, laid back and supportive in what I do.  Except my hoarding, he hates my hoarding.  He gets very frustrated with it and told me the top four things that frustrate him.  First, he has a difficult time finding things because nothing is organized.  Sometimes he has to purchase something we already have because it will take him “months” to find it again.  And wasting money is not one of his favorite things.  Secondly, he gets very upset tripping over piles of crap.  That one REALLY frustrates him.  Thirdly, he just gets tired at looking at all piles of clutter.  Then he gets upset that it doesn’t bother me! (Until recently when I started this journey) Lastly, he wishes he can help me clean my piles but he cannot.  He can’t because it will always create a fight between us.  I always get overwhelmed and anxious and he just wants to keep cleaning.  So he gave up on helping me clean so I would not get upset from my OCD hoarding panic attacks.   Attached below is my vlog where I give more details about our relationship and the strain it has on our marriage:

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!

My Hoarded House Christmas Tour

I host Christmas Eve dinner every year and it’s always the same.  I am in a mad rush to clean up everything before people come over.  I normally don’t even enjoy that part of the holiday because I am in panic attack mode trying to shove my shit into the laundry room or basement.  Below is a Christmas House Tour where you can see the progress I have made and some of the rooms that I keep hidden.

Giving less gifts this Christmas is triggering my anxiety

This Christmas I decided to scale back on gift giving and over spending on Holiday experiences.  After finishing all the wrapping,  I saw the amount of gifts I had and it triggered a panic attack.  I am not kidding here, I know it sounds absurd but not giving a lot of gifts this year triggered an anxiety shock inside of me.  I quickly went on Amazon to buy a few more gifts to ease my alarming nerves.  I know that last sentence sounds obnoxious but it’s true.  My love language for showing love is gift giving.  So I show my love by giving the people I love multiple gifts.  The more gifts I buy, the more love I am showing you.  So when I only saw a few wrapped gifts, I panicked because I didn’t want to disappoint any of my loved ones.  I didn’t want them to think I stopped caring about them.  This is how my mind works as a hoarder.  I attach an extreme value to ordinary items.  In this video I share more in depth on my mini Christmas melt down: