Hoarding At It’s Best (Or Worst)

May 4, 2009 at 11:40 am 10 comments

Rachel- You requested a post on this topic. Here you go! I hope I don’t disappoint!


We’ve already discussed that I’m a bit of a hoarder. I have a hard time letting things go. This includes all things: furniture, books, pictures, a can of asparagus tips that I bought when I was curious but am now too scared to try, magazines (I’m getting better about this one- I usually only keep an issue about 3 months now), email, anything with any sort of sentimental value, shoes that I no longer wear or don’t fit properly, Rookie’s hair (this isn’t intentional… it just doesn’t go away), gift bags- even though I always wrap gifts, …should I keep going?


I think it’s fair to say that I’m also a hoarder of memories. Which is one reason I dove headfirst into blogging. Thanks to this blog, I will never, ever forget about the awful games I had to play for vision therapy. Although I’m not quite sure if that’s a memory I will want to revisit! That’s not the point though. The point is that I know I can reread it if I want to. This is the same reason I have kept all of my old birthday cards and graduation cards and wedding cards. This is why I have a box in my closet full of notes from high school friends. I like to know I can go back and revisit those memories when I want to. It’s comforting.


Of all of my hoarding tendencies, I don’t think my memory hoarding is too damaging. For the most part, it’s contained to a fairly small area. After all, its just a bunch on cards and notes. Words really. And words don’t take up too much space. I guess that depends on if we are measuring the volume or area… Because if we’re going by surface area, I’m in trouble.


Ladies and gentlemen, meet my memory hoarding at it’s worst:


My old bedroom.

This is my old bedroom. It began in 4th grade when I splatter-painted my walls. It got worse in 5th grade when I started writing phone numbers on the wall in pencil. (Remember those days… when you had to know phone numbers to call people?!) I think 8th grade is when this idea gained momentum. I asked permission to draw this Forever Friends thing:


At which point all the “BFFs” drew their names. And, well, you know how BFF’s are really just BFForNow’s… and I couldn’t very well hurt the feelings of my new BFFs. So that’s when it got out of control.


Incase you were wondering, the reason the writing along the bottom is arched is because Rachel drew around the outline of my bed. Very creative, that girl! She definitely wins the award for prettiest graffiti! Joel does not. He apparently gave up after coloring in the “Jo”… Although I’m pretty sure the drawing of the man at the top was his self-portrait. Moving on…


Jennifer (or Jen Lynn in this instance) also has many posts. The flag and gibberish is by Michael, our German exchange student. And this (below)would be Lucy’s Sophomore Will. All inside jokes from our sophomore year. (After reading them, I seem to be on the outside of some of those jokes now.) She definitely won the award for most words. There are paragraphs from her all over the place.


Oh, and incase you’re wondering, here’s the ceiling:



Due to my feelings that everyone should have “artistic freedom” and use whatever tools necessary to make their mark, my mother now has quite an issue on her hands. Apparently nail polish, glitter paint, crayon, and Sharpie don’t cover well. I may be bias, but I think it’s worth it!

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Props! to Dinner Creations Meet the Potters

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lindsay  |  May 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I’ll be sad to see those walls go. I am guilty of showing off my crazy sister’s room a couple of times to my friends. But if they must go…SAND THOSE WALLS DOWN!

  • 2. Jimbo  |  May 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Remind me of this post when I have kids who want to do this someday.

  • 3. Mom  |  May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Jim – all I can say is DON’T LET THEM PAINT THE CEILINGS!!! What was I thinking?? I obviously FORGOT to tell Chelsea NOT to let her friends write on the ceiling. Oh how I dread
    re-doing this room! How about Chelsea coming over to help out???? Think that is a fair deal for her “good ‘ole Mom” letting her do that, don’t you? 🙂 (Lindsay are you ready to tackle this during the summer while you are home??)

  • 4. Jimbo  |  May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Mrs. R–that sounds like a GREAT idea! You not only let her do that but you had to look at it for at least 15 years!

  • 5. Lindsay  |  May 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    If she sands it down, I’ll do the rest!

  • 6. shanna  |  May 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I remember your room! i always thought it was so cool that roseys big sis could do that! i begged my parents to let me do that once. needless to say it didnt work out!

  • 7. Rachel  |  May 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    WHAT?!?! You can’t be serious Alice! You can’t paint the room… not unless Chelsea has close up photos of every single thing I wrote on that wall. Plus, you’ll have something neat to show your grandkids! Make it their playroom… then they can’t get in trouble for drawing on those walls. You’ll definitely be the cool grandma then! PS-Per your advice, Caden will not be writing on our walls.

    Chel – I would love to spend some time with you over a glass of wine(or Zima for old time’s sake) trying to figure out half of what I have written on your walls… the other half I know I’ll never forget. 🙂

  • 8. Marlena  |  March 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    :-0 I was worse than you I do believe. Imagine super dark blue paint / SPONGED super dark purple trip…glow in the dark puff paint, spray paint, shoe polish, acryllic paint, GUM FROM SPECIAL OCCASIONS (like my first date), 898743539874375 star stickers, fully painted ceiling (dark blue, of course), packaging tape (so posters would stick, duh) and I can only imagine what I’ve forgotten. The kicker? It wasn’t our house. We just lived in it for a bit (long story). Thankfully I didn’t like the people who lived in it after us and many times I’ve laughed when thinking about the hell they endured covering up all of that! 🙂 What?! I’m mean sometimes.

  • 9. Marlena  |  March 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Dark purple TRIM*** This is a super important detail and still makes my husband (who saw it then with no complaints) shudder. I had spirit!

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