Retirement = hoarding?

How many emails?

How many emails?

My eye was attracted to an article about retirement and hoarding and whether or not there was a link between the two since most hoarders seem to be of retirement age. Not necessarily said the article at Forbes by Robert Laura, “Will retirement turn you into a hoarder?

My first thought was RVing can avoid that. No room to hoard! And certainly not for some of the things that Matt Paxton, extreme cleaner and owner of Clutter Cleaner in Richmond, VA, has found. They include a complete airplane in the basement with cartons of rotted steaks sitting on one wing and the hoarding of human waste. Yuk! And, in the case of extreme hoarding, it can cost $16,000-$20,000 to clean up and get rid of stuff. Yikes!

Hoarding can be about buying stuff or bringing it in, but the main problem is that nothing goes out. A hoarder could never live by the full-time RVer’s two rules:

  1. If you haven’t used it in six months (or a year), out it goes. Exceptions made for tools or similar.
  2. Buy something, get rid of something.

I do accumulate piles of personal papers and books but there is a limit. All that has to be put away on travel day. Whew – I thought I was safe until I read more. There are people who hoard emails! I have a ton, but nothing like the extreme cases where the hoarder has numerous email accounts and tens of thousands of emails. I’m not in that category, thank goodness.

Hmm… maybe I should clean out my Inbox. :-) Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

August 24, 2013
Categories : RV retirement
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