Not sure what happened here but somewhere along the line our apartment is starting to look like an edisode of “Hoarders“. Now, I know the people on that show have more serious issues going on with their lives mentally and emotionally and I can not even compare my life with them. Yet, when I found myself climbing over things to just do a little holiday decorating these past few days I realized that just maybe I need to get rid of some stuff.
Those of us know from experience that living in NYC apartments usually means having limited storage and closet space. Even though we know that we all end up gathering way too much stuff. It’s like we squirrel away things for safe keeping. We know we shouldn’t do it yet we keep piling things into our small living spaces. We have sentimental attachments to certain objects, and I am the first to admit being that way. We find inventive ways to pile things on top of other stuff to alleviate the mess. We move things around to make room for more stuff. When we have guests over we hide this stuff in other spots and hope they don’t notice. It’s a game that many of us who live here play on a daily basis. We are all guilty of it!
Now don’t even get me started on Costco. This place is evil – and we love it! One recently opened in Manhattan close to where I live and now we are addicts for this place. We go there to shop for a few things and end up coming back with huge piles of stuff. Hey, it does help cost-wise as certain things like laundry detergent, paper towels, and toilet paper sold in these “monster bulk sized packages” last quite a while, and are way cheaper than buying in the local supermarkets. Yet, we have nowhere to put this stuff! So it sits piled up against the wall in our hallway. Guess what happens? We start putting other stuff on top of it. Piles of clothes, umbrellas, magazines, and other items. It’s a vicious cycle that we really need to break.
What about closets you ask? Well, they are stuffed full. We are lucky to have a hall closet with a decent sized shelf in it. Totally packed from the floor to the ceiling. So many coats and outerware that the pole they hang on recently broke. Our bedroom actually has a huge closet the length of the wall with amazing sized storage units above it. Yup, also totally filled with stuff. Not just clothes, but all types of stuff. We actually had to get a storage unit not too long ago to store all our extra junk. Kitchenware, holiday decorations, clothes, etc. Even our fridge is covered in magnets that I have picked up over the years during our travels, and I can’t bear to part with any of them. Yes, I think I have a problem.
Maybe we should actually make a New Years resolution to clean out some of this stuff, and stick to it. Throw away what we don’t need or give the rest to charity. We are running out of space for our stuff. Who knows, maybe if the Mayans were correct we won’t have to worry about if after tomorrow.
Oh no. I just realized that Christmas is only a few days away. Family and friends will be giving us more stuff. Time to figure out where to put it.
Are we the only ones with this particular problem? Does anyone else out there suffer from this predicament and can’t break free from their stuff?