Apr. 7th, 2011

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This week's Dimestore Dames post explores Wild Thing and my awkward teen geekosity.

Also, I've been reading a book on compulsive hoarding, and while it's fascinating, it's also kind of useful. While I'm not a hoarder, I have poor impulse control sometimes. Today I bought some clothes online and went back and forth all day over whether I should cancel the order or not. Like, in the space of a minute, I'd be totally convinced I should cancel it and swing over to the other side. I need more work shirts! But I just bought clothes last month. But I like this sweater a lot. But there'll be other sweaters and you have so many. But I always need sweaters. Etc.

Finally, I thought of the book and I:

a) pictured the amount of space I have and the clothes I already own and considered the cost of not just buying the clothes, but storing them.

b) remembered the negative feelings I had just last weekend when I went over my budget, and how I'd feel even worse if I went over again in April.

c) canceled the order. A few chapters have mentioned scenarios where the counselor convinces the hoarder to throw something away, then immediately rate the level of discomfort is caused (on a scale of 1-100). It's usually in the 80-90 range, at least in the examples. Then a few minutes later, when asked again, the level is already way down to like 60 or something. Within days, it's practically nothing. So while it pained me to give up the good deal (I bought on a sale) and the clothes I knew I'd like, within a minute of the order canceling, the discomfort was already vastly less. Now I barely care at all.

I'd be happier if I just had the money to buy the clothes, though.

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