Actually this title is patently unfair. My mom really isn’t a “hoarder”, at least not in the classic sense. I mean, she doesn’t keep trash and magazines and feces and stuff. She just has cluttered closets.
Her actual living space is in decent shape. It’s tidy and doesn’t really have too much furniture or anything. And she’s really pared down the knick-knacks, although there are a few too many left for my taste. But any space that can be closed from view (i.e. The closets) are just sort of a disaster.
While I was home taking care of mom, I noticed that she still hadn’t opened the new cookware I got her for Christmas. She was still using the old, scratched, teflon crap!!
So I dug out all her old cookware and replaced it with the new stuff.
Which then precipitated me cleaning out her kitchen cupboards.
There was so much accumulated stuff that I made the executive decision to “recycle”.
Like all her grody, stained plastic gladware and sandwich containers. And paper bags. And Mason jars. And broken pot handles. And mismatched lids. And multiple plastic, squeeze water bottles.
And then it was the upper cabinets where I found like 20 cheap coffee mugs. And two sets of wine glasses. And a couple old glasses from her previous glassware set. And several old, mismatched plates from three sets ago.
And then it was on to her baking cupboard where I found like 10 cookie sheets and like 15 9×13 cake pans. And several muffin pans. And two bundt cake pans. And three sets of mixing bowls. And more.
To make room, I then tackled her spare room storage closet– where I found about 50 cookbooks. I’m not joking:
But with those cleared out, I was able to move bakeware and crap to this closet. So I could then move small appliances to the kitchen.
Which allowed me to move all her booze to the storage closet. Which allowed me to turn her spare living room closet into a cleaning closet (vacuum, dusting, swiffers, etc).
I also tackled her hall closet (basically a linen closet) and I got rid of sets of curling irons and blow driers and old playbills and old towels and scented candles and…
Okay, you get the picture.
Now, before you all gasp– all of this was done with my mother’s blessing. And several things have been donated (wine glasses, mixing bowls, cookbooks, etc). And I kept all the things mom still used.
The best part is she has more room and less clutter. And things more at “point of use”.
And I got a set of mixing bowls and an old cast iron skillet out of it. And a bottle of Johnny Walker Red label.