Archives for December 2012

The Science of Clutter

MeSH (PubMed) government medical data base = medical subject heading


Obsessive Hoarding

Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of the value of these possessions. Epidemiological studies suggest that hoarding occurs in 2-5% of the population and can lead to substantial distress and disability, as well as serious public health consequences.

Year introduced: 2012

I just watched an episode of Hoarders that did some follow ups on several families. Those that make it on this show fall into the category above. The follow up wasn’t promising.

One part of the show that stood out for me was when the husband said, ” I never thought I would be married to someone I hate”, his wife quickly said back, ” I never thought I would be married to someone that hates me”

The clutter and the hoarding was still out of control and the outcome doesn’t look good for this family.

Most people I know are not in this category. Many of you that I have talked to over the year have issues with the amount of stuff you own but not to that extent.

Some of you might say this is relative. You would be right. So if the amount of stuff you own is not sitting well with your soul, then start to emotionally detach from your stuff. Hopefully it will not only be less emotional but you might actually feel relief from the bondage.


Getting To The Root Of The Problem

Many of us live in our homes with broken things that we have become used to. They simply don’t bother us and we’ve adjusted. We know one day it will have to be dealt with, maybe a move or if it becomes a hazard, but until then, we work around it.

The time came when we had to do something about our toilets. It was ridiculous that our visitors were getting 10 minute lectures on how to properly wipe and flush before going in and locking the door.

The plumbing contractor was there finishing up our new shower and it was now time to replace both toilets. It started with a trip to Home Depot. How hard could it be to pick out a toilet? As I stood in that isle in front of 30 toilets, I was more confused than ever.

I ended up buying 2 Cadet toilets. The first one went in with no problem but the second one was a different story. As the old one was removed we were shocked to see that the yucca roots had grown into the pipe and it was bad.

Between us and the neighbors is a thick heavy wall of over a hundred yucca trees and they are big. Their roots are so strong and persistent which makes it almost impossible to dig near them. I spent several hours researching what other people did and found some great websites with good info.

Replacing pipes or redirecting pipes may one day have to be done but until then we settled on Foaming Root Killer and Root Kill

Now that the toilets are replaced what do we do with the two old ones we removed?  It’s amazing how many people use there old toilets as planters. Gardening is my thing but I’m certain I don’t want a toilet out there, not that there is anything wrong with that idea, just not for me.

Habitat for Humanity excepts used construction material in certain areas, there is always the trash dump and in our case the contractor agreed to take away. That is the option that worked best for us.

The new toilets work great, the yucca roots were taken away from the surface and so far so good.  I have the root killer stuff ready to go but haven’t used it yet. Before we apply we’ll need to do some extra research because there is caution written all over these bottles.

Our plumbing contractors favortite saying…

It could always be worse.