Are You Turning Into A Hoarder?
Hoarding is a term used to describe those who keep an excessive amount of belongings in their home, and refuse to let any old or unused things go. This can create huge amounts of clutter, mess, debris, dirt and dust in their home. Hoarding is even identified as a disorder in itself, coupled often with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or ADHD. This can cause a lot of stress and problems for those who experience a compulsive need to keep everything they own, and even to buy more in order to fill their space.
Okay, so maybe you aren’t a diagnosed hoarder. But are you allowing your stuff and clutter to take over your home? This can be very detrimental both to your health and to your home – just ask Andrew the Home Buyer! Here are a few signs you are letting your material belongings get the better of you – and how best to combat the need to hoard.
You Hold Onto Items Which No Longer Have Value
The word ‘value’ has many meanings. It doesn’t have to be a financial value, although many things in life are quantified in this way. Value can also mean sentimental or emotional value. A letter written to you by your mother might have no monetary value, but will hold immense emotional value and is worth keeping. This much is true.
However, a sign you are becoming over attached to your belongings is when you cling to items which have neither financial, useful nor sentimental value to you. Do you inexplicably collect things like newspapers, magazines, bottle caps or old furniture? Do you find it difficult to let go of your belongings which you logically know do not serve a purpose? This might be a sign you are beginning to show hoarding behavior.
Blocking Up Parts Of Your Home With Excessive Stuff.
Are parts of your home unusable because they are simply filled to the brim with belongings that you have not yet thrown away? This is also a sign of hoarding behavior.
Combatting Hoarding Tendencies
If you feel you are becoming obsessive about saving belongings, you should see a mental health professional. Hoarding can stem from many different places – from another mental illness, to another issue in your life that may not be clear yet. The most important thing for combatting hoarding tendencies is not to feel ashamed or alone. You can and will get through this behavioural tendency!
If you don’t feel in danger of becoming a hoarder but you do tend to hold onto things a little too long, try researching methods which help you emotionally release from items in your home. Marie Kondo’s method of thanking your belongings before you relinquish them, for example, is helpful for many!
Hoarding is a common problem – with better and more accessible solutions than ever. Giving your home a breath of fresh air can make you feel rejuvenated and help keep your space clean, tidy and homely.