Do You Suffer From “Pack-Rat-Syndrome” or “Save-Stuff-itis”? I sure do, but I never noticed it until my recent catastrophe or what I’ve come to call the flood of 2008. My New Year started with a gush. Even after I paid 2 guys to come in and haul away a couple of truck loads of garbage I still have truck loads more stuff. Where does it all come from? And what am I supposed to do with it?
You see the thing about pack-ratting is it’s compulsive nature and the idea that we need things we just don’t need, or alternatively the idea that you will need that thing someday so you better stash it somewhere right now. Then before you know it you have things stashed and stored and boxed and piled and positioned around the house in ways that you don’t have to deal with. Outta sight, Outta mind. For me it’s mostly about books which I buy new, read and store thinking that someday I will read them again, but I never, ever do. As of today this is how I feel about all the books I have hoarded over the years:
I think a lot of people have this same problem and you would never know it because in recent days I have been told about 2 women who suffer from this syndrome and on the outside they look like ordinary women:
Who live in ordinary homes.
But hidden within the rooms often behind closed doors lies the chaos.
I have yet to achieve this level of disarray because I have managed to keep stuff tucked out of site or I simply have it hauled away. Now that I think about it one year I actually had a roll-off container that I filled. To be honest I could fill another one now. And still I had to ask where does it come from? And then the answer just came to me.
My house is at the opposite end of a vortex and everything that is lost in the Bermuda Triangle gets sucked through it and ends up in my house, a lot of people are going to be happy to know this. I also have come to believe I live on the axis of a gravitational field that abhors a void, so that once emptied it must immediately be refilled because every time I turn around I have more shit.