invertsugar replied to your post: I find watching Hoarders while I clean is helpful. Sorta a horrible, horrible cautionary tale. Esp if I look around my apartment and see anything too similar to what’s playing on screen. (It’s steaming on Netflix, is usually on demand on cable, and probably findable elsewhere online.)
As an actually Hoarder, though, I feel like people using my mental illness as voyeuristic “at least I’m not as bad as THOSE MONSTERS” is really gross. You’re great about supporting hoarders, but it’d be great if your followers were more sensitive too
Totally valid. I like watching Hoarders because it has some good insights into the psychology of the disease and I do genuinely love befores and afters of all sorts, but yeah, it can be voyeuristic. I think that’s why I don’t really like reality TV in general. It all sort of makes me feel a little icky. But then I watch animal rescue shows and it’s like I’m TRYING to make myself cry.
For the record, in case it needs to be said, hoarding is a disease like any mental illness, and should be dealt with respectfully. I’m very sorry.
invertsugar replied to your post: I know you answered some questions about keeping pillowcases clean, but any tips on cleaning actual pillows? I’ve tried all my go-to laundry tips (Oxy-clean, Clear Choice, Soaking) and using Baking Soda got rid of most of the odor, they still look gross.
what is a pillow cover? it is something different than a pillow case??
Something like this. Goes over the pillow, under the pillowcase.
Spend 20 minutes clearing off your work/study space. Take a ten minute break. Spend 20 minutes getting dishes dealt with, then take a break. 20 more on the area immediately around your study space, break, then 45/15s on studying. Throw in two or 3 20/10s a day, radiating out from your study space, and the place should be livable in a few days.