Alex is a Hoarder

Today I have the great honor of intro­ducing you to my beautiful wife, Rachel! She’s written a post to let you in on my creative process (yeah, that’s good spin). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


In 40 years, this will be my clean room

My name is Rachel Humphrey. This post, however, is not about me – it’s about Alex.

My husband, Alex, has many roles. He is a great husband and compas­sionate friend. But there is something about him you would not expect.

Ever seen the show on tele­vi­sion about hoarders?

If you have not had the express joy of observing these phenomena; please view this brief, concise expla­na­tion. I will allow Wikipedia to explain:

Compul­sive hoarding (or patho­log­ical hoarding or disposo­phobia)is the acqui­si­tion of posses­sions (and failure to use or discard them) in excess of socially normative amounts.”

I first noticed Alex’s tenden­cies when I saw his house for the first time. His room – immac­u­lately spotless; His desk – covered with every kind of sticky note, ruled note card, or scrap of paper imag­in­able. Every note covered with discreet bits of infor­ma­tion jotted in his hand­writing. Books or websites he wanted to read, videos to watch, quotes that brought a new perspec­tive into his life. The seri­ous­ness of the situation never really hit me until observing his open browser page. Who knew fifteen tabs could be open at once? I mean, seriously, fifteen? (editor’s note: it’s usually way more than 15). And then there are the links. I find links saved, jotted down, or zipping about in emails on a non-stop basis!

Ok, so I am joking with my impli­ca­tions just a bit. My husband does have notes in carefully struc­tured stacks. He does open (ed: at least) fifteen tabs in a browser window at once. He does save and view any link he thinks is intriguing.

But, Alex is not a hoarder.

Alex loves to share. He finds inspi­ra­tion in the words and thoughts of others. And then he shares that inspi­ra­tion with you, me and anyone who is inter­ested in learning and growing together. This is one of the things I find so amazing about my husband.

How can you influence inspi­ra­tion in others?

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8 Responses to “Alex is a Hoarder”

  1. Loren Pinilis December 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM #

    Haha, that was pretty funny, Rachel.
    I’m the same way — there’s so much I’m inter­ested in and want to know and learn. It has the potential to lead to a lot of clutter. :)

    • Alex December 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM #

      I think it’s a good thing overall, but it can get over­whelming sometimes! Lol

  2. Brandon December 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM #

    15 tabs!? That’s impres­sive! My brain can honestly not function with more than 5 tabs open! haha…

    • Alex December 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM #

      Haha, sometimes more…

  3. Tim @ Faith and Finance December 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM #

    I hear ya on the sticky notes — they’re every­where on my desk! I usually consol­i­date them after a while into a half sheet of paper..but then I get half sheets of paper floating around.

    • Alex December 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM #

      I tried sheets of paper and even putting them into Evernote for awhile, but I ended up going back to sticky notes and small slips in a pile on my desk.

      Glad to see I’m not alone! lol

  4. ixnayonthetimmay December 21, 2011 at 12:40 AM #

    Psycho­log­i­cally, I find a clean work area to be more calming and focusing than a messy work area. My brain will reach a critical mass of mess occa­sion­ally and I will feel the need to just clean every­thing up. Sadly, this means a lot of “things I’ve been meaning to get to” will get lost in the purge.

    I whole­heart­edly agree though; sticky notes are the best! And I’m proud to say I have only one real and one virtual sticky note on my monitor right now.

    • Alex December 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM #

      When I get to that point, I usually stack every­thing into neat little piles. In a few months, I may go through one of those piles and find ideas and tasks that should have been done long ago. lol

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