Hoar(d): Typewritten for your viewing pleasure

[The last post I made had about over forty or so images so I’m going to try something a little different this time around]

I’ve been a little busy over the past couple weeks. I had a mid-term for my interdisciplinary studies class that was coming up which required studying, which required time; something I seem to struggle with at times (even when I have loads of time that I can use to be productive). I’m getting better at managing time than last year. Last year, even the year before, you could find me in my room, not studying for anything, watching YouTube videos or playing Minecraft all night. I still do that now, but I finally have my priorities straight.

Speaking of priorities, I need to stop spending money on random things. Today (July 17) I bought David Sedaris’ When You’re Engulfed in Flames. I have an entertainment center filled (and I mean filled) with books I have not opened or touched in months, maybe years. I have random assortments of items that I have been collecting for reasons that have been lost over time. I feel like a hoarder. Is this what hoarders are like? Do hoarders buy random things and collect them?

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America describes hoarding as follows:

“Hoarding is the compulsive purchasing, acquiring, searching, and saving of items that have little or no value.”

They go on to describe certain behaviors that a hoarder has like:

– avoids throwing away possessions

– experiences sever anxiety about discarding possessions

– has trouble making decisions about organizing possessions

– feels overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions

– suspicious of other people

– obsessive thoughts

– checking the garbage

– believing that their possessions will be useful in the future, have sentimental value, or are irreplaceable.

I’m overthinking it probably now that I’m looking at the list. Still, there are ways for people to start out as a hoarder…no, I’m overthinking it.


I guess it’s because I’m a college student living on campus. When you live on campus you start needing things you previously didn’t. For example, I own a stapler which requires staples. The only thing I staple is essays (and manuscripts on occasion) which I write every year at a rate which requires staples and a stapler. Maybe I’m not used to not needing things that I think I need things that don’t really need? Who the hell knows.

All I know is that I need to start saving money. I’m sure there’s an argument to be had about being young and making mistakes or something, I don’t think that applies to spending money. I could be wrong. Perhaps there’s something to the argument where if I buy things that make me happy there’s at least some value to buying it. At least that justifies my buying of David Sedaris.

Jeff R. (7/17/2017)