Anybody have these? I knew my grandmother who lived through the Depression was a hoarder to the extreme especially after my grandfather died (we had to talk her out of saving envelopes once because she said "what if I need to make a list or something?"). I also have one aunt who is to this day a hoarder (I will hardly even sit on the edge of the couch in her house and will NEVER eat or sleep there).
But I never realized how much that hoarding tendency ended up being passed down to my mom from them until they settled down in the country in the old farmhouse my mom inherited from her parents. My parents were missionaries until five years ago and many times that meant that all we could take from one place to another was what would fit in a vehicle or into our checked bags (they never shipped more than a couple boxes of books from one place to the next because it was so expensive). Since settling down now after retiring as missionaries and starting to care for my other frail grandmother (not the one who was a hoarder) it seems that not only has my mother become a bit of a hoarder, but so has my dad (who grew up an Air Force brat and then was Army himself before becoming a missionary..so he never carried around a lot of stuff ever). Once a few years ago at Christmas my husband and I stood in the middle of their kitchen and just started counting all the coffee mugs we could see (not counting ones hidden inside cabinets)...and stopped counting after hitting 65!! I know they probably have even more since then, cause my dad will buy any mug he thinks is funny and cheaper than $1 at yard sales.
So now I am wondering, did the hints here and there of their tendency toward hoarding when I was younger (we'd accumulate whenever we were somewhere for a year or more and then do a massive declutter before moving to the next place) affect my tendency towards being minimalist? Also, will my tendency toward minimalism then affect my child to want to hoard? Will my efforts at keeping things uncluttered and minimal mean that he will want to keep stuff? Since the hoarding of my grandmother could most likely be attributed to not having a lot in her younger days and the hoarding of my mom and dad could most likely be attributed to HAVING to keep things minimal because of constant moves...will my minimalism affect my child by him wanting to hang onto stuff?