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jbnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-22-06 05:47 PM
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60. Just looking at the pictures
before I started reading the words I assumed she was a wildly disorganized seller.
But a buyer only? Unopened boxes? It's hard to think of what to say.

Years ago I had a client with a house so filled with things there were just narrow paths to walk through, boxes stacked high with "stuff". She became my client because of people's concern with her "things". The sheriff called to see if we could help her. She was old, sweet and obsessive.
It was a long. slow process and really some of it was tricking her into donating to people or causes that really "needed" what she had. But some of the boxes/bags were filled with musty/moldy clothing, books or magazines that were donated to trash piles.

Still she felt better to be helping voluntarily, felt proud she had saved them so they could be put to use.

This lady is years younger then that lady was...I can't imagine where she'll be in another thirty years.
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  -If you think your place is cluttered..... BrklynLiberal  Apr-22-06 01:52 PM   #0 
  - There's a name for what Mom as  OldLeftieLawyer   Apr-22-06 01:54 PM   #1 
  - Your mom took lessons from my mom...  HereSince1628   Apr-22-06 02:48 PM   #22 
  - Not my Mom  OldLeftieLawyer   Apr-22-06 03:03 PM   #30 
     - I'm constantly recycling stuff to lots of organizations. I still have  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:19 PM   #81 
  - Right. OCD demonstrated by hoarding behavior.  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 04:19 PM   #48 
  - That woman is in desperate need of a man like Adrian Monk.  The Backlash Cometh   Apr-22-06 06:52 PM   #67 
     - Oh, Tony Shaloub! He's an actor -- no OCD there, really!  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:09 PM   #78 
        - No. Not sarcastic.  The Backlash Cometh   Apr-22-06 09:24 PM   #89 
           - I see what you mean. I've never watched that show, although I  Radio_Lady   Apr-24-06 01:01 PM   #113 
  - I have a friend that blows glass, what's their number?  Jara sang   Apr-22-06 01:58 PM   #2 
  - Dear Lord! I'm not the neates person in the world, but after that  napi21   Apr-22-06 01:59 PM   #3 
  - My aunt, who just recently died, was like this only worse. She  spenbax   Apr-22-06 02:00 PM   #4 
  - I always thought that about my mother (who was neat) who  Cleita   Apr-22-06 02:15 PM   #12 
     - I have 4 plates, 4 saucers and 4 mugs that I have had since the  spenbax   Apr-22-06 03:45 PM   #38 
     - yes what is it about women  marions ghost   Apr-22-06 05:37 PM   #57 
  - Uh, I gotta go now and clean my sewing room. n/t  Virginian   Apr-22-06 02:02 PM   #5 
  - My thoughts exactly. Are you a fabricoholic, too?  eleny   Apr-22-06 02:04 PM   #8 
  - she who dies with the most fabric wins! my family motto! n/t  ms liberty   Apr-22-06 09:56 PM   #91 
  - Incurably.  Virginian   Apr-24-06 10:18 AM   #112 
  - LOL  marions ghost   Apr-22-06 05:08 PM   #51 
  - Pure gluttony. There is no excuse for this.  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 02:03 PM   #6 
  - It's not gluttony  annabanana   Apr-22-06 03:20 PM   #33 
     - You're probably right. I am being way too harsh.  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 04:23 PM   #49 
     - right  marions ghost   Apr-22-06 05:23 PM   #53 
        - I'm wondering about her family.  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 05:58 PM   #63 
           - I understand your mortification  marions ghost   Apr-22-06 07:03 PM   #69 
           - Mr. kt actually suggested that I start a local 'de-clutter" business.  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 07:21 PM   #70 
           - Google "declutter companies" and you'll come up with others who  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:07 PM   #77 
              - I think if I were to walk into a house like that, I would admit my  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 09:31 PM   #90 
           - ooopsss. Self-delete. I must have hit post message was twice.  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 07:21 PM   #71 
           - we still burn our paper trash  Kali   Apr-23-06 02:43 PM   #104 
     - anxiety, really? Good to know. I've come across 3 people like that now  electron_blue   Apr-22-06 08:14 PM   #79 
        - she would be more anxious  marions ghost   Apr-22-06 10:16 PM   #94 
        - She'd probably be more anxious... just like my mom was...  spuddonna   Apr-23-06 11:53 PM   #110 
  - I remember this site!  eleny   Apr-22-06 02:04 PM   #7 
  - Same old pictures I saw posted on an auction board I was active on. Made  WePurrsevere   Apr-22-06 02:26 PM   #15 
     - Come to think of it - it may have been on a Yahoo group  eleny   Apr-22-06 02:37 PM   #16 
     - It made the board rounds I'm sure. I feel rather sorry for folks that find  WePurrsevere   Apr-22-06 02:57 PM   #27 
     - Just looking at the pictures  jbnow   Apr-22-06 05:47 PM   #60 
  - It is very scary. The bookshelves and the closet that she once used  BrklynLiberal   Apr-22-06 02:05 PM   #9 
  - a fire would probably be a GOOD thing!  Kali   Apr-22-06 02:45 PM   #20 
  - It is an addiction. Like gambling or drinking.  BrklynLiberal   Apr-22-06 02:51 PM   #24 
  - oh I can totally relate to buying stuff  Kali   Apr-22-06 02:55 PM   #26 
     - The thrill is the buying, the receiving of the package. I guess there is  BrklynLiberal   Apr-22-06 03:15 PM   #32 
  - my sister used to order things and not open the boxes  yorkiemommie1   Apr-22-06 04:12 PM   #44 
  - Some web sites say OCD can be linked to anorexia and bulimia.  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:04 PM   #76 
     - That makes sense.  seawolf   Apr-23-06 02:54 AM   #98 
     - They're all related.  politicat   Apr-24-06 12:21 AM   #111 
  - My childhood home was much worse than this- we did have a fire  jasmeel   Apr-23-06 01:21 PM   #102 
  - Actually, I think the fire marshal can require a clean-up.  TahitiNut   Apr-22-06 06:15 PM   #64 
     - Neighbors in my folks upscale neighborhood hoarded, and lo and  CLW   Apr-23-06 05:56 PM   #105 
  - That was disturbing and just EXACTLY like my ex-father in law. But  acmavm   Apr-22-06 02:10 PM   #10 
  - I wish my mom were still alive  mycritters2   Apr-22-06 02:12 PM   #11 
  - hey mycirtters2  NEOhiodemocrat   Apr-22-06 02:25 PM   #14 
     - I finally learned to use her to my advantage  mycritters2   Apr-22-06 02:38 PM   #17 
        - That is definitely making lemonade out of lemons!!  BrklynLiberal   Apr-22-06 02:42 PM   #18 
  - I'm an ebay seller. Interesting to see where the stuff is going. Yike!  Vinca   Apr-22-06 02:24 PM   #13 
  - The house looks like it would be fairly spacious without all the stacks of  partylessinOhio   Apr-22-06 02:43 PM   #19 
  - I have a friend whose house would make that place look normal...  Raksha   Apr-22-06 02:46 PM   #21 
  - That is sad, for the puppies and for her.  BrklynLiberal   Apr-22-06 02:51 PM   #23 
     - ocd sucks  mdmc   Apr-22-06 02:58 PM   #28 
     - in all her mess it she appears incredibly clean and neat in some  seabeyond   Apr-22-06 03:39 PM   #36 
        - i wonder what your brothers motivation is?  mdmc   Apr-22-06 04:06 PM   #43 
        - ooops meant this for original poster. what is brothers motivation?  seabeyond   Apr-22-06 04:14 PM   #45 
           - growing up, was his room his own? Did he fight with your folks  mdmc   Apr-22-06 05:39 PM   #58 
              - we all had our own rooms. his wasnt bad  seabeyond   Apr-22-06 05:57 PM   #62 
                 - well that makes a lot of sense, regarding motivation  mdmc   Apr-22-06 10:04 PM   #92 
                    - the mother did a lot of manipulation of judges, lawyers, doctors.  seabeyond   Apr-22-06 10:56 PM   #96 
        - reminds me of my sister-in-law  barb162   Apr-22-06 08:26 PM   #82 
     - The dogs were confiscated and sold, of course...  Raksha   Apr-22-06 03:57 PM   #40 
  - I have a suggestion. Why don't you get her selling on ebay?  jwirr   Apr-22-06 02:53 PM   #25 
  - some people may go there with the intent to sell, but just BUY  barb162   Apr-22-06 08:28 PM   #84 
     - Yeah I occasionally accompany my daughter and grand-  jwirr   Apr-22-06 09:03 PM   #87 
  - If she is happy living that kind of a life  dogday   Apr-22-06 03:01 PM   #29 
  - Your mamma needs help...  Triana   Apr-22-06 03:06 PM   #31 
  - I was looking to see if she bought any of my stuff  SheWhoMustBeObeyed   Apr-22-06 03:29 PM   #34 
  - My wife's aunt's house is the same way  Will Robinson   Apr-22-06 03:33 PM   #35 
  - Well, I definitely don't have that beat, but...  skids   Apr-22-06 03:40 PM   #37 
  - Sighhh, all too familiar... my wife...  never cry wolf   Apr-22-06 03:56 PM   #39 
  - oh no just the toddler clothes and you hae me laughing. 20 huh  seabeyond   Apr-22-06 04:16 PM   #46 
  - I'll wager if I do an archeological dig  never cry wolf   Apr-22-06 04:45 PM   #50 
  - I'm sorry, but Mr. kt and I are totally cracking up at your pain.  Kerrytravelers   Apr-22-06 05:15 PM   #52 
  - LOL, I won't get lost  never cry wolf   Apr-22-06 05:25 PM   #54 
  - JESUS CHRIST DUDE. Hope for another hurricane...  skids   Apr-22-06 06:37 PM   #66 
  - Urgent message to Never Cry Wolf -- you are enabling this!  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:15 PM   #80 
     - I doubt it's treatable  never cry wolf   Apr-22-06 10:08 PM   #93 
     - Sorry, wolf. Life is complicated, isn't it?  Radio_Lady   Apr-23-06 10:25 PM   #109 
     - she needs help but also  marions ghost   Apr-22-06 10:47 PM   #95 
  - Dust Mite Central  flblu2   Apr-22-06 04:00 PM   #41 
  - Jeebus!!  VolcanoJen   Apr-22-06 04:03 PM   #42 
  - Very sad  DesertRat   Apr-22-06 04:17 PM   #47 
  - dangerous  Gargoyle   Apr-22-06 05:47 PM   #59 
  - Well, at least the place appears generally clean.  tabasco   Apr-22-06 05:27 PM   #55 
  - thank you! I saw this a few years ago and couldn't find it again!  Stephanie   Apr-22-06 05:36 PM   #56 
  - my parent's place comes pretty close!  Blue_Tires   Apr-22-06 05:52 PM   #61 
  - WOW  Sydnie   Apr-22-06 06:27 PM   #65 
  - And I thought our place was a shrine...  Canuckistanian   Apr-22-06 07:01 PM   #68 
  - At least she is somewhat organised, unlike this Freeper computer room:  troubleinwinter   Apr-22-06 07:25 PM   #72 
  - Ugh. Maybe sign should read, "Christians for Clutter" ---  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:28 PM   #83 
  - a friend of a friend story  NJCher   Apr-22-06 07:30 PM   #73 
  - Wow. That IS a sad story. Again, some therapy is called for.  Radio_Lady   Apr-22-06 08:30 PM   #85 
  - Looks like a factory and a shipping & receiving port  0007   Apr-22-06 07:36 PM   #74 
  - I have a great deal of trouble getting rid of stuff...  SmokingJacket   Apr-22-06 08:03 PM   #75 
  - She lives in Folsom...  NightOwwl   Apr-22-06 08:37 PM   #86 
  - I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard!  KC2   Apr-22-06 09:23 PM   #88 
  - would someone PLEASE get this lady some help? . . . n/t  OneBlueSky   Apr-23-06 02:30 AM   #97 
  - My sister's husband has an illness similar to this  TorchTheWitch   Apr-23-06 07:07 AM   #99 
  - Wouldn't it be ironic  KC2   Apr-23-06 02:35 PM   #103 
  - No doubt your sister will divorce him. And should. Life is too  CLW   Apr-23-06 06:07 PM   #106 
  - Future Curb Ornaments Of America  displacedtexan   Apr-23-06 07:44 AM   #100 
  - Lots of feng shui books available with tips for clearing clutter.  blue4barb   Apr-23-06 08:10 AM   #101 
  - This is what auction companies are for.  knitter4democracy   Apr-23-06 06:21 PM   #107 
  - The woman seems sad, depressed, defeated, demoralized  SoCalDem   Apr-23-06 06:28 PM   #108 

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