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July 20, 2005

Under Control

We have so much stuff in our lives -- even my yarn stash can feel overwhelming at times!  Thank goodness Hold Everything is having a sale on their sturdy, fabric covered boxes in my favorite color, orange.  I bought two today and may return for a few more -- they are the perfect size for holding stash yarn or yarn ear marked for the pipeline.

You must know by now how to open the boxes!?
Left: Sock yarn stash Right: Yarn for my pipeline projects

Why is nona back in organization mode?  Could it have something to do with this!?  The nona-boys and I are simultaneously horrified and fascinated by this woman's life situation.  Nona-son-the-younger can barely look at the photos and has reported, "That woman must have had a scaring event in her life, she needs therapy".  He's been listening to Dr. Drew recently, cannot you tell?  Seriously, if you know this woman -- or someone like her -- help them!  And lets all keep our yarn stashes under control and well organized.

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Yeah, just try clearing a house like that. BTDT.

Posted by: Colleen | Jul 21, 2005 4:21:13 AM

Hey, I like those boxes! That woman...I am so NOT that woman. I wouldn't be able to sleep in that house.

Posted by: Carolyn | Jul 21, 2005 5:16:44 AM

That is a sad situation. I think she does need therapy, but I am really sad for the daughter.

Posted by: Rebecca | Jul 21, 2005 5:23:01 AM

The horror......THE HORROR.........those pictures are so familiar! My dad hoarded stuff just like that but not as neatly. Every part of the house that was "his" was just like that only messier, and full of stuff. And MAYBE it was good stuff, but you could never find anything, and if you had a good thing (like say, scissors for wrapping a present) then it was so buried and lost you might as well not have it.

Dad moved out and SAID he was going to clean out his stuff, did not and I SOLD IT ALL and threw the rest of it away. And he was MAD! You should have taken it with you then! Even after selling most of the JUNK off (read 12 year old computers and 1960s Popular Science mags) we still had 4 trucks of TRASH and the same to charity. And dad had it all in 2 rooms--whoa!

I'm getting anxious just thinking about it. It was a lot of work and I hated that he left it all for me to do. We still talk though. And yes, I told him that I was mad about it. I do not think he gets it.

So.........those pictures are so familiar. My sympathies to the whole family--the mom and the kid. Good luck.

And yes, my stash is under control. Two bins only, and I'm on a stashbusting mission right now to get it down even more.

My tivoli t-shirt was from stash!

Posted by: suzanne | Jul 21, 2005 5:26:54 AM

There's a documentary called PackRat about that OCD hoarding behaviour as told from the perspective of the children of the hoarders- It's really disturbing.

Posted by: Erin | Jul 21, 2005 6:44:14 AM


sorry, my attempt at in comment html didn't work!

Posted by: Erin | Jul 21, 2005 6:45:12 AM

I've seen that site before. It's just really sad. I am a pack-rat, but jeez...At least I still have a place to sit and knit :) I just finished reorganizing my office/craft area (which happens to be in my kitchen!) I like those boxes too. I might need to get a few. hehe

Posted by: Liz | Jul 21, 2005 6:46:44 AM

Hi Nona! Months ago I tried to e-mail you with a question, maybe you never got it, thought I'd try again one last time: Did you ever finish your project from Catherine Lowe and what did you think of it? TIA for any insights you'd care to share. Isabel

Posted by: Isabel | Jul 21, 2005 8:06:23 AM

If we all had boxes like that our stashes would be in perfect order. Great find!

Posted by: margene | Jul 21, 2005 8:16:59 AM

oh my! i just spent 20 minutes looking at that site and i feel sick. i think i need to stop reading blogs and clean my apartment (it looks nothing like that... but i feel that same organizational kick you do!)

Posted by: kim | Jul 21, 2005 9:18:14 AM

My mother-in-law did this same thing. She moved and we were expected to pack and move all her things for her. After the expense and time of two full sized lorries, we just started throwing things (full, unopened boxes) away. After ten years the only things she has missed were a pair of shoes and a salad spinner.

Posted by: Molly Callahn | Jul 21, 2005 9:19:49 AM

Ooh, I love the boxes; but no green :-(

I can't believe that woman's house. Very scary.

Posted by: Kira | Jul 21, 2005 10:04:32 AM

I love your boxes and am also simultaneously horrified and fascinated by that woman. Yikes!

Posted by: Purly Whites | Jul 21, 2005 10:43:52 AM

My aunt is like this, on a much smaller scale - she grew up in a family that lived through the Depression, and that fear of scarcity has never left her. We should tip that woman off to http://www.squalorsurvivors.com/

Posted by: Donna | Jul 21, 2005 11:58:34 AM

Now you're scaring me!

Posted by: Agnes | Jul 21, 2005 4:40:10 PM

Horrible. We used to have a series on tv called Live of Grime, which was worse as most of it was plastic bags and decomposing rubbish. sometimes the council couldn't open the door because there'd be foots of rubbish on the floor. I'm going on a two month yarn diet!


Posted by: dawn | Jul 21, 2005 5:43:44 PM

Whoa. I'm still a bit stunned. I think I need to go organize. Thanks for the push! Love your blog and your tricks.

Posted by: Kimberly | Jul 22, 2005 12:28:12 AM

The photo of your orange boxes is the best mouseover ever! I can't stop playing with it -- closing the boxes and then opening them again to peek at all that lovely yarn, neatly arranged inside.

Thanks for sharing your mouseover code, too. You have a way of making potentially difficult things (short-row shaping, anyone?) seem not so difficult after all.

Posted by: Linda | Jul 22, 2005 7:25:07 PM


I saw that site months ago and read in horror. I and my grandmother are E-bay addicts (me-yarn, she-antiques) so I sent it to her and she rang me up and said, "Are you trying to tell me something?!?"

Posted by: Christina | Jul 22, 2005 8:58:59 PM

OMG!!! Love the boxes and am truly inspired by the the photo journey. That does it... no I'm not organizing, I'm hiding all the cameras from the family! All kidding aside,it makes one's skin crawl. su

Posted by: su | Jul 25, 2005 11:33:00 AM

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