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The Cost of Being Cluttered

February 9th, 2010 at 12:46 am

There is a lot of stuff in my house. Way too much stuff. I'm not totally innocent in why we have so much clutter, but I would say atleast 75% of it is my husband's stuff and my son has learned the pack rat way of his daddy with a bedroom filled with more stuff than I can shake a stick at.

My son has custom made orthotics and when he had them made they gave us the molds and told us to hang on to them in a safe place. Unfortunately that safe place ended up being his bedroom. Now that he needs adjustments on his orthotics, we can't find the molds to save our lives. I pulled his room apart and nothing. I starting pulling other closets and places in the house I think they might be and nothing. Now our house is cluttered and it's all over the place instead of being confined to closets and such.

Insurance covered them the first time, but I doubt they will be as open to covering another $450 for them within a 6 month period.

It is so frustrating to know I will likely have to pay out of pocket to replace something I know we have, but I can't find. I've gone through the stages of money grief including denial, fear, anger and am coming to acceptance that I'm going to have to pay out of pocket for this because my son's health is worth it. Thus the cost of clutter Frown

3 Responses to “The Cost of Being Cluttered”

  1. craigthor Says:

    Sounds like I good time to start listing stuff on Ebay and Craigslist. May make some good funds for savings too!

    My wife comes from a pack rat family me on the other hand if I haven't used it in 6 months max out the door it goes. Either trash, ebay or craigslist.

    Also consider it a good time to get the family involved on the purge. If your husband/ son sell stuff of theirs let the do as they wish with the money wihtin reason. I regularly switch hobbies to try new stuff but my rule is one hobby must go before the next one can be started. I may usually make a few dollars in the process.

    Craig

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Keep looking! It is still possible to find them.

  3. Jerry Says:

    My mom is a hoarder in many ways, and it leads me to inherit some of those tendencies. I have been working for years to improve in that way... it's hard, but do-able! I hope that you are able to find the molds, and that you won't have to replicate the insurance payment so soon. Good luck!
    Jerry

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