1 – You feel the need to search the garbage can before the garbage truck arrives to verify that she has not thrown out anything of value
2 – She values experiences over material possessions
3 – When the folks at the donation drop-off center know her by name
4 – She spends less time organizing and more time connecting
5 – When you buy her flowers and she is counting down the days to when she can toss them
6 – When in comparison, you feel like a hoarder, although you are not.
7 – When suggesting that she pick out a book for you to read, she chooses “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta
9 – She has fewer pairs of shoes than you do
10 – You designate “safe” zones in the house, like a closet, a room, or the garage where you can keep things without fear of it being discarded
Let’s say there is a spectrum where the minimalist that lives out in the forest eating leaves to survive is on one end. All the way on the other side of the spectrum is that person who can’t throw away anything and dead cats are found among their stash.
I’d have to sadly admit that I am probably closer to the hoarder than the minimalist.
Kari compliments me well. She helps me part with things I don’t need, nor will I ever need. There is a refreshing feeling to parting with junk. I recommend all to try it.
If I am missing any of the signs, please comment below. Also please stay tuned. Kari is going to be posting the top 10 signs you are married to a hoarder in response to this.
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