5 Signs That You May Be a Potential Hoarder

5 Signs That You May Be a Potential Hoarder

From a fellow hoarder.


You may be a hoarder if you refuse to give away a shirt that you've never worn and have had for years. It sits in your closet or a drawer untouched until the moment you're rummaging around looking for an outfit one night. You see it, remember that you've never worn it, think about wearing it, and then throw it back where it has resided for months. It probably isn't even in style anymore, but yet you still feel like there will be a chance to wear it.


Now this also goes along with clothes, but I thought it deserved its own category due to its worldwide addiction. You may be a hoarder if you still have a t-shirt from junior high in your collection of shirts. Even if its only use is to remember an event, it still shouldn't be among your current shirts. Give it to your mom or grandmother to make a quilt that you can actually use because we all know you wouldn't be caught dead in a junior high shirt on a college campus or out in the real world.


PAPERS. School papers, receipts, info packets, you name it. If you keep unnecessary papers that will NEVER be of use to you then you may be a hoarder. For instance, it's the end of the school year and you're going through your backpack. Forgotten papers cover the bottom of your bag. Binders are packed with worksheets and loose papers. You look to see if you need to save anything for a future class or just to have handy. Everything you come across seems to be important and before you know if you have saved 97% of the papers that were once in your backpack. How did this happen? If you think that for some reason you will need it in the future (but deep down you know you won't) then you may be a hoarder. If you want to keep a paper as some "souvenir" from that time in your life, then you may be a hoarder. Anyone else would just toss that scrunched up paper to the side, but not you. For some reason, you think it will be of use to you later in life.


Let's be honest, we've all been there. You're running out of storage on your phone and you're stressing because you need all the room possible for future pictures. You may be a hoarder, even just of the text variety if you refuse to delete conversations with people from months before. I'll be honest, I absolutely love having old texts from people to look back on. I can never bring myself to delete texts from my close friends because they hold so many memories in them. My inbox holds thousands of texts that I know I will never delete. If you refuse to give up on technological writing, then you may be a hoarder.


If every surface in your room is covered with a knick-knack, picture frame, or old bottle of perfume, then you may be a hoarder. You may even get in an extreme cleaning mood and organize your heart out, yet it still seems as though you've done nothing. Trying to find a place for everything in your room is a struggle and it gets messy after one morning of getting ready. When you buy something new, you never get rid of something else from your room so the collection keeps growing.

I'll end with a word of advice: don't wait until it's too late to get rid of unnecessary things. It will become all too much when you have to move your belongings from one to place to another, trust me.

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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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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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