13 Signs You May be a Hoarder

13 Signs You May be a Hoarder

But don't worry - it's not just you.

As most people in my life know, I don't like to throw things away. I have old trophies, old kids books, old papers... I can admit it, I'm kind of a hoarder. But I know I'm not alone! So here are some signs that you may also be a hoarder:

1. Cleaning your room is so difficult that you hardly ever find the time to do it.

Let's face it, cleaning up your room isn't fun. But for a hoarder like myself, it's almost impossible. Where do I put all the things? The attic is already full of old clothes and papers! Where else can it all go?!?!

2. It's difficult to walk in your room (at home or at college).

If you're like me, you may have a path from door to bed. Sometimes I actually have to climb over my bed to get to some of my things because the path does not extend the entire length of my room - if I did that, where would my things go?

3. No matter what age you are, you have a crazy amount of things from your childhood.

I'm only 21 and I have an entire drawer (a DEEP drawer) filled with old memories. Old pocket knives, a Frisbee from a friend's wedding, pictures my friends drew me, notes we used to pass back and forth in middle school. And that's just that one drawer. Don't get me started on the things hidden in my closet.

4. For some more examples, every paper/test/note from every class you have ever taken... ever.

Never know when you might need that stuff for college, or your job, right? That essay you wrote about dogs in fifth grade is a for-sure keeper.

5. And all tickets/programs to every event you have ever attended.

What kind of monster throws away such things? Who doesn't want to remember that you saw Horton Hears a Who 3 separate times in 2008? Or, hey, remember that time you went to the school play? No? I have the program right here! Just in case.

6. Did I mention you also never throw away clothes?

Maybe in a pinch you'll donate some (mostly those you never even bothered to try on), but those T-shirts from elementary school with all the cats on it? Keeping it forever.

7. Or books. Never books.

It would be offensive to throw away books. Maybe donation if you're desperate for space... but only if you need it for more books. And even then, you can probably just buy another book shelf.

8. You keep all old electronics and chargers... just in case.

You never know. Maybe your phone breaks! And your back up phone. And the back up to that back up. It's not crazy to keep it all. Even if you can't remember what cords go to what phones anymore.

9. Garage sales are like a drug for you.

So many things, all so cheap... how do you not go home with a trunk full of stuff you'll probably never use?

10. No matter how bad it gets, throwing away anything is just not your style.

Nothing gets tossed out. Everything has meaning. Even the bookmark your best friend gave to you and stapled 100 times - what do you mean I should probably just get rid of it? DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS SO SPECIAL?

11. Which forces your friends to have multiple interventions about the state of your living situation.

I understand I'm a tad "cluttered," but really, what's the big deal? So I have piles of stuff. And if you touch the piles, everything collapses, and I never pick it up. And dust starts to settle on the pile. Your point?

12. But although you may never look at it again in your life, the things you keep stashed away are incredibly important.

It doesn't matter if the note from middle school talked about nothing important, and it doesn't matter if it's socked away in a drawer forever - it's still important. It still matters enough to keep.

13. You tend to believe people just don't understand - if they did, they would be hoarders, too.

There is a compulsion to keep old memories alive, and a lot of us can't help but hold on. And if that's you, it's okay. You aren't alone!

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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