My Name Is Ellie, And I Have A Problem

There comes a time in your life when you have to face the truth about yourself. This weekend, I had to do just that.

I am a mail-hoarder.

You heard me. A mail hoarder (which is quite different from a Male Hoarder, which doesn't sound like a bad deal at all).

I was deep-cleaning my house, purging rooms of unwanted stuffage, when I realized I have bags and bags (literally!) of mail. It was frightening in it's proportions, believe me.

See, the problem is I just don't do mail much anymore. When it comes in, I give it a cursory glance, remove any rare piece of personal mail (like a birthday card or something) and the one bill I can't pay online (which only comes quarterly) and the rest of it gets shoved into a pile on my kitchen countertop, along with all the multitudes of papers that come home in my kid's backpacks every day.

Then once a week or so, I see this pile of local newspapers, junk mail offers, coupon flyers, kid stuff and unopened bills that I already see online and I shove it all in a plastic grocery bag, telling myself I'll take it into work and shove it all into the shredder and then the recycle bin.

Except, I apparently never do that.

Never.

And the result is, I kept finding bag after bag of mail (some of it is months old) and then I lined them up on my kitchen table and didn't have enough room for them all. Oh. My. God. What the heck is wrong with me!

It's not like I can't bear to part with any of it. It's junk, for Pete's sake. A big bunch of junk. And for some reason, I have a mental block about getting rid of any of it. I've got a huge case of Mailzheimer's - I can't remember to get rid of my junk mail. Who the heck does this?

I guess I do. Or I did, anyway.

Today, I brought one bag in with me and it's going in the shredder. I'm bringing a bag in every day till they're gone. And from now on, I sort and toss on a daily basis. Holy crap, I am never going to get like this again. 

Of course, we are getting close to Christmas and I'm now finding it hard to get rid of any boxes.....

More Like This

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.