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Thread: when does your stash become hoarding

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    If you can't access it because it is packed in trailers then it is hording. And he is enabling.

    Oh, good. There is hope for me yet. I only have about 10 or 11 plastic boxes, couple of them are not even full. ( I will attend to that eventually...)

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    Anybody besides me have an urge to clean house after watching Hoarders? My living room and kitchen have less clutter than ever before since I started watching that show. Bedroom closet is next on the hit list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Anybody besides me have an urge to clean house after watching Hoarders? My living room and kitchen have less clutter than ever before since I started watching that show. Bedroom closet is next on the hit list.
    I always look around me with great relief to realize that my house is OK. ....however, I have a touch of it as well because it is hard for me to part with fabric. If anyone would come into my sewing room and take stuff out, I would never even miss it - but to pull it out and dispose of it - that is a little harder than I would like to admit.

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    Um that is hoarding. When you need to put the 'extra' fabric in another seperate building (not to mention 2) well your in the hoarding category. Yipes. That is so scary its like serving someone who drinks too much their 18'th mixed drink for the night. At some point.. How sad. I am sure most of it is not going to survive the venture. So many who would enjoy it.

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    I'm not sure I would enjoy that much fabric. I can look at mine and touch it. I want to be able to spend time mixing and matching and I need to see it to do that. That seems excessive.

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    There was a lady here in town that was a hoarder.. she passed and her DD had the undaunting task of selling her things so the house wouldn't be repossesed. Her house and garage were literally packed full of things. You had to stay on the little path so you could just walk. It was really sad.

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    Not knowing the lady or seeing the situation, I won't say that she is a Hoarder but...personally I don't see how she can enjoy her fabric. I do have a decent stash but it is out where I can see it. When the shelves are full, I know that I do not need to buy more until some of the stash is used. But that is just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Anybody besides me have an urge to clean house after watching Hoarders? My living room and kitchen have less clutter than ever before since I started watching that show. Bedroom closet is next on the hit list.
    yes but then it makes me realize that my house is no where near as bad as those ones, so then I feel better about my mess!! :lol: :lol:

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    That is insane! He is an enabler too! I think that she needs to be on Hoarders! Many years ago I went to a consigment shop and there was a whole room filled to the ceiling of fabric that a woman had collected over the years and her husband was selling it to pay for her medical expenses since she had passed on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Anybody besides me have an urge to clean house after watching Hoarders? My living room and kitchen have less clutter than ever before since I started watching that show. Bedroom closet is next on the hit list.
    I have been cleaning one closet or cupboard each weekend since watching the show, "Hoarders". My stash is contained to one large cupboard and 3 tubbies. I use my fabrics eventully. I don't think that constitues hoarding but I sure enjoy my fabrics. I think that as long as I get pleasure from them, they are worth keeping.

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    I posted before about my Great Aunt's house being a pack rat. It was too overwhelming. Please don't leave any clutter for a loved one to have to deal with. I was so angry with my Aunt for leaving me that mess I didn't care what she had stashed. My family knows that all my sewing supplies goes to the guild for auction. If any family members want any of it, they can go bid on it.

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    As time goes by I am changing my buying habits. Now I only buy sale fabric online for my stash and I look for basics that I know I can use alot of different ways. I buy larger pieces for backing at Wal Mart. Fat quarters are now batiks as they are always easy to put togather, you dont need to match colors so much with them. Batting I only buy at Joanns with coupons.

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    The object to purchsing fabric is to use it - she and her husband should be forced to watch the TV show Hoarders.

    I understand the thrill you get when you purchase a fabulous fabric or get a great deal - but the best high you can get is when you create something with it. But if you don't use it - then why buy it at all.

    Life is too short

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    I have a feeling this woman is a 'dreamer' which causes her to buy all this fabric. I bet she spends quite a lot of time planning projects that never materialize. There are dreamers and there are doers. She probably doesn't complete much but has a great time envisioning. If she and hubby have the money, rock on. But, I would think this fabric would eventually smell musty if stored outside in a storage building. It might need to be washed in my washer first. ;>

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiludrop
    If you don't have easy access or adequate storage, then it's too much.
    Exactly right!

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    Guess I need to watch it:) No I am not a hoarder, I would rather be quilting than cleaning:)

    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Anybody besides me have an urge to clean house after watching Hoarders? My living room and kitchen have less clutter than ever before since I started watching that show. Bedroom closet is next on the hit list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Anybody besides me have an urge to clean house after watching Hoarders? My living room and kitchen have less clutter than ever before since I started watching that show. Bedroom closet is next on the hit list.
    Yes, was on medical leave and saw the show twice and I look at "stuff" differently in my house. I used to be very organized and have gotten away from that while I was married (2nd husband) now that I'm single again trying to get back to being organized without going overboard....moderation right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiludrop
    If you don't have easy access or adequate storage, then it's too much.
    Exactly right!
    I would take it a step further and say that once you get to a point that you could not realistically ever use it, that would be too much. It sounds like there is no way she would be able to actually make enough quilts to use that stash.

    I reached that point with scraps not too long ago. I was reluctant to toss ANY scrap piece, even the little tiny ones. I realized there was no way I was keeping those for use, so I was only keeping them to keep them. I immediately made up a couple of rag dolls for the local kids shelter and used the scraps to stuff them. Problem solved.

    I am another one who feels the urge to clean out stuff after watching the Hoarders show. Last week, I realized that with only one bed in the house, there was no way I was ever going to need the 20 sets of sheets I have collected over the years (most of them my moms), so I pulled them all out and donated all but three sets as well.

    This week is the 'utility' room that still has boxes unopened from the last time we moved, two years ago. lol.

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    Who is this woman and will she adopt me. LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Shoot! I haven't even graduated to totes yet! All of mine is in one drawer in the cabinet that I have for sewing!

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    I also like the show "How Clean is Your House" on BBC America. Kim and Aggie are awsome. I get the "cleaning bug" after that show too. DH can't watch it. It totally grosses him out. HAHA

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    Haven't seen that one, but cleaned my closet out two weeks ago of clothes I have been hanging on to and cleaned DH's dresser drawers out. Got rid of 6 large bags of clothes and stuff. Next room...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    While I was in wolly world yesterday shopping fabrics, a lady was telling me that she has so much fabric that her husband purchased 2 45' trailers (the ones that semi's pull an call vans) for her to put her stash in. One is already packed full an she is getting ready to start on the other. She was buying a bunch more for her stash.
    So my question is when is enough enough?
    Not that I wouldn't mind having a large stash close to that. But when do you say to yourself too stop buying?
    Please let me know your opinions on this topic.
    I have said to myself, stop buying. I stoped...for about a month. I just can't help myself. I do need to stop...and use what I have.

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    That is just scarey. How can she enjoy shopping knowing she has so much - she has no idea what she has. I have been redoing my sewing room and have sorted folded fabrics by color, themes which are on shelves in cabinets, ditto with fat quarters, and I also have four tubs of collections, fabric for specific fabrics, etc. When I "found" some of these fabrics I couldn't even remember when I bought them. At this point, I feel I have enough and will only buy a fabric to coordinate fabrics I have or for backing. When I feel the need for fabric, I just open the doors to my cabinets, look at all the colors and feel like I am in a "candy shoppe".

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    Wow...what a story. I wonder how many thousands of dollars she has tied up in fabric! I also wonder if she would mention me in her will! Sadly, the task of emptying her possessions upon her demise will probably pass to a non-fabic loving child or other relative, and her treasures will end up in a dump somewhere. I'd like to dig in there right now and make lots of light and mid-weight quilts to send to Haiti.

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