Maybe most of you know what the house of a hoarder looks like. My mom, who worked outside the house, still had time to dust and organize our home. So it wasn’t until years later when I saw a TV show about this problem that I realized what I’d be facing as a stay-at-home mom.
To me, a hoarder’s house is one that not only has all surfaces covered in a random assortment of items, but also items separated by layers of dust. It’s the kind of place I joked to my junior high science students about. I used their bedrooms, thus outfitted, as an example of digging down into layers of earth in order to reveal geologic time. One digs through layers of dust to find fossilized things from the past.
Not being a very organized caretaker of wifely duties at the home front, while son and hubby went out and did REAL WORK (of course I’m kidding–writing is the only real work!), I had to find a way of arranging my day so as to save time to write.
I want to change this blog into one in which other authors, if they want to, can chime in with the tricks they’ve learned to avoid the hoarder syndrome, opening up time enough for writing their next great novel.
1. PAPER PLATES AND PLASTIC SILVERWARE
If you can afford it on your budget, invest in buying tons of paper and plastic at a discount from Cosco. I keep my plastic silverware in Snapware dispensers (see below). And, of course, I always RECYCLE.