Friday, March 4, 2011

Thursdays with Mel... Disney Hoarding

Yesterday TLC ran a marathon of "Hoarders: Buried Alive." I must admit it is a guilty pleasure to watch. I am not known for my housekeeping skills, so these folks make me look like Martha Stewart. I by no means want to belittle the mental disorder which is known as compulsive hoarding. I am related to hoarders and know the struggle.

Watching back-to-back episodes did motivate me to dive into my to-be-filed box. I wish I had the forethought to take a "before" picture for you, but after three hours, I have made a respectable dent in two years of neglected papers.

What does this have to do with Disney, you may ask? Well, in all of that paper mayhem, I came across bills and papers of Disney vacations from long ago. I found receipts from my January 2010 vacation piled on top of reservation confirmations from my 2008 trip. Talk about a floodgate of memories. When you have been to Disney World as many times as I have, you know that these papers can accumulate! I even saw the receipts, one from my oldest son's birthday lunch at the Crystal Palace.

These old papers held the hopes and promises of Disney vacations mingling with the memories of the reality of the vacation itself. Disappearing room reservations - problems solved by a quick thinking Cast Member. The receipt for possibly the best coffee drink on earth - served at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shoppe in Downtown Disney. The magical mailings, park maps and Keys to the Kingdom.

All treasured mementos of Disney vacations... all have now been happily shredded or tossed. I will not be a Disney hoarder. My photo books & trading pins are all the memories I need.  


  1. Ok you gave me the strength to get rid of :0)

  2. It can be so hard to get rid of those Disney papers, but it felt so good.

  3. i keep all my parking passes but everything else gets tossed fairly quickly.