Three Line Tales — The Hoarder

I was close to my Uncle Harry, but I never knew that he was a hoarder. Then my cousin and I went into my late uncle’s house to clean it out before trying to sell it after he passed away and we were shocked to find stacks of newspapers in every room almost from floor to ceiling.

It’s remarkable that, with those stacks and stacks of newspapers, the house didn’t burn to the ground with him in it.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. Photo credit: Mr Cup at Unsplash.

17 thoughts on “Three Line Tales — The Hoarder

  1. rugby843 April 29, 2021 / 1:09 pm

    I’m not a hoarder but I have a lot of sentimental junk lying around.  I tell my family to just burn the place when I die.

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    • Fandango April 29, 2021 / 10:09 pm

      I’ve moved so many times that I purge much of my “sentimental” junk with each move. Now all I have are the bare essentials.


    • Fandango April 29, 2021 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks, Carol Anne.


    • Fandango April 29, 2021 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks. All those newspapers are definitely a fire hazard.


  2. Marilyn Armstrong April 29, 2021 / 6:12 pm

    Garry’s mom was a hoarder. Unstoppable. Garry, as a reporter, covered a lot of fires and he was terrified for her. He made them turn off the gas to her stove because she would forget to turn it off. She managed to survive without burning the place down, but he sons did everything they could to keep her safe.

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    • Fandango April 29, 2021 / 10:17 pm

      Hoarding can be very dangerous…unhealthy and potentially deadly.


  3. jilldennison April 30, 2021 / 10:12 am

    In my case, it will be books instead of newspapers! Bookshelves filled to overflowing, boxes of books, stacks of books … I counted 17 atop my bed one day! Hopefully my girls will donate them to some worth charity. Heck … if some of those newspapers were ancient, they might have fetched a pretty penny!

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    • Fandango April 30, 2021 / 11:03 pm

      We had shelves and shelves of books when we lived back east, but when we moved to California, I didn’t want to schlep them all the way across the country, so I donated all of them to our local library. Now most of my books are ebooks on my iPhone.

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      • jilldennison May 1, 2021 / 1:19 pm

        I get that! I have several hundred on my Kindle as well! I keep saying I’m going to sort through all my physical books and donate the ones I have either already read or am not likely to read, but … procrastination is my middle name!

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  4. Marsha May 5, 2021 / 6:59 am

    Sadje, I had a friend who died three years ago. He was a hoarder. I went into his house once to go to the bathroom and had to walk a narrow path through stacks of stuff. It was very sad. His house did burn down, with him inside. I think he had already passed when it caught fire.

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  5. leigha66 May 5, 2021 / 8:15 pm

    I would say my grandpa’s garage would have been classified as a hoarding place. But I was always more worried about my ex-husband’s collections when we first married. He had a beer bottle collection (foreign beers mostly) and a matchbook collection… any kind of fire and the place would have gone up in flames in an instant.

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