Thursday, 17 July 2014

Really I am not a HOARDER

We are prepping our house for renovations that will be starting in August.  I never thought of myself as a "hoarder" but as we are going through things decluttering, organizing and moving items out of the way,  for the first phase of the renovations I am beginning to think maybe I am.  Not a "hoarder" in the extreme sense of the ones on TV but there is just so much stuff and organizing during a heat wave isn't helping.

Having a large family you do require multiples of many items to accommodate everyone's needs, for example when camping we require 20 sleeping bags, multiple inflatable mattresses, multiple coolers for packing food, etc.  Different sports require equipment times 20 and the list goes on whatever we do we do times 20.  All of these things need to be stored when not in use making us look like hoarders.

Also because we have continued to adopt and currently have children ranging from 2-25 we have equipment, toys and stuff for every age group.  A lot of the toys have been passed down over the years, plus new ones added only getting rid of things as they wear out or break.  We also have all the homeschooling materials we have collected schooling 8 children for the last 4 years.  The list just goes on and on.

We are trying to organize ourselves so as the renovations happen, hopefully we will have living space that is still functional.  With the children's needs and for my sanity we need clutter free, safe areas to continue our day to day life.  In order to help with this we have the renovations happening in phases, hoping one phase is complete and livable before the next one starts.  We have also rented a storage locker to store the displaced items while the renovations happen.  Stay tuned to see if my sanity can be maintained during these renovations.


  1. Oh my gosh! I am having a heart attack just imagining you all living in a construction zone! We have done that and it is not my favorite thing to do! And camping with 18 kids! We are preparing to move and realizing that we have a lot of junk too. Most of our furniture is so worn out that it's not even worth taking with us! Good luck with the renovations. I'm sure it will all be worth it when it's over!

  2. Yes the construction zone is scaring me also. I enjoy the camping in 5-7 day increments allowing time to catch up on laundry and re stocking of food any longer is to much. Good luck with your move, I hope it goes smoothly for you.