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How to not become a Hoarder

Updated on May 30, 2017
How not to become a hoarder
How not to become a hoarder

How to not become a Hoarder

Everyone has things that they collect, whether it is a specific rookie card or coins. But they know how much they can collect, and keep in a nice neat area. There are other's who just collect to collect, and that is where they get the name hoarder because they never get rid of anything.

If you don't want to become a hoarder don't collect limitless amounts of stuff. If you are a hoarder, you don’t like getting rid of anything. How many people actually go through there things on a regular basis, though? If you ask yourself that question what is the answer that you come up with? Probably the same answer that I came up with and the answer that I came up with is, not very many people go through there things and see what they want to keep or get rid of on a regular basis because it is so time-consuming. So people collect and collect, and then when they finally find the time to go through it, that is when they get rid of it what they haven't used. Most people, however, don’t go through there things unless they are moving or having a huge yard sale, but those things are thought out.

If you don’t want to collect limitless amounts of stuff, then you have to make sure you don’t buy so much or you go through your things and get rid of what you are not using at the time. At least that is what people say, but if you don’t have time to go through things, then that is when collecting a lot of things happens. People always tell themselves that they are not going to collect a lot of things, but it happens to everyone. I know this from experience, I have a lot of things, I didn’t realize how much I had until I moved for the second time in my life and now I have to purge, this house is bigger than my other house and I can’t believe how much stuff I had crammed into even just my room.

After a while though if you don’t go through your things then the things add and half of them you don’t use. So what does that make you? Some people would call it a hoarder or others would just say a collector. Although if you don’t show off what you have collected is that really being a collector? Those are questions I bet you never asked yourself when you collected things or decided to go through your things. I know that I have never asked myself that question until now, and I have collected a number of things over the years and went through them but I still continue to collect them.

So how is that you don’t become a hoarder or collect limitless amounts of stuff? Go through what you have, every couple months or even years and if you haven’t used a specific thing in a year think to yourself “Do I really need this”? If you can come up with answers on why you don’t need a specific thing then it is time to get rid of it. I know that I have a lot of things, just ask my parents, but I do go through my things every couple of months. When I go through my things every couple months I get rid of a few things. For example, in the summer and winter I switch my clothes over in my closet, and if I haven’t worn a piece of clothing that year then I am going to get rid of it, or if I know that I won’t wear something when I pull it out to put it away then I will get rid of it then rather than keep it.

Here are six tips to control clutter so you don't become a hoarder. Start Slow, go through one small space or collection a week. step two, Handle objects only once if you handle objects multiple times you won't get rid of them. Step 3 Scale down collections, choose to save two or three items from your collection and get rid of the rest, frame what is most precious to you. Step four, put it in a box if you can't decide to toss or keep an item put it in a box for six months, if you don't open the box before then you can let it go without regret. Step Five, Toss un-used items. If you have something you have never used, like a book get rid of it if you have never cracked it open you don't need it.Last and final tip Step six, Consider consignment if donating isn't a good option seriously consider consignment so that you are getting a little bit of money back for the things that you can't use.

If you don’t want to collect limitless amounts of things and become in a better sense of a word hoarder then, that is what you need to do. I know that I have a lot of things and I should really get rid of more, but I always give myself, a season or a year with what I have and if I don’t use it then I get rid of it. That is how you don’t collect limitless amounts of stuff. Which in turn means you don't become a hoarder.

Hoarding is the collection of the limitless amount of stuff that we really don't need. Some of the stuff that we have, might even be broken and we can't use it so why are we keeping it? That is why every few months or once a year it is good to go through your things and see what you use, or what you don't or to see what is broken and can't be used anymore. The list is limitless when you actually sit down and look at it. Have you ever heard of the expression one man's junk is another man's treasure? Well, it is true so why not go through your stuff and give it to someone who really needs it if you aren't using it? That way you aren't hoarding it for yourself, and you feel good about it not being in your house anymore because you are giving it to someone who actually needs it. That is how you don't become a hoarder.

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So how is that you don’t become a hoarder or collect limitless amounts of stuff? Go through what you have, every couple months or even years and if you haven’t used a specific thing in a year think to yourself “Do I really need this”? If you can come up with answers on why you don’t need a specific thing then it is time to get rid of it. I know that I have a lot of things, just ask my parents, but I do go through my things every couple of months. When I go through my things every couple months I get rid of a few things. For example, in the summer and winter I switch my clothes over in my closet, and if I haven’t worn a piece of clothing that year then I am going to get rid of it, or if I know that I won’t wear something when I pull it out to put it away then I will get rid of it then rather than keep it.

Here are six tips to control clutter so you don't become a hoarder. Start Slow, go through one small space or collection a week. step two, Handle objects only once if you handle objects multiple times you won't get rid of them. Step 3 Scale down collections, choose to save two or three items from your collection and get rid of the rest, frame what is most precious to you. Step four, put it in a box if you can't decide to toss or keep an item put it in a box for six months, if you don't open the box before then you can let it go without regret. Step Five, Toss un-used items. If you have something you have never used, like a book get rid of it if you have never cracked it open you don't need it.Last and final tip Step six, Consider consignment if donating isn't a good option seriously consider consignment so that you are getting a little bit of money back for the things that you can't use.

If you don’t want to collect limitless amounts of things and become in a better sense of a word hoarder then, that is what you need to do. I know that I have a lot of things and I should really get rid of more, but I always give myself, a season or a year with what I have and if I don’t use it then I get rid of it. That is how you don’t collect limitless amounts of stuff. Which in turn means you don't become a hoarder.

Hoarding is the collection of the limitless amount of stuff that we really don't need. Some of the stuff that we have, might even be broken and we can't use it so why are we keeping it? That is why every few months or once a year it is good to go through your things and see what you use, or what you don't or to see what is broken and can't be used anymore. The list is limitless when you actually sit down and look at it. Have you ever heard of the expression one man's junk is another man's treasure? Well, it is true so why not go through your stuff and give it to someone who really needs it if you aren't using it? That way you aren't hoarding it for yourself, and you feel good about it not being in your house anymore because you are giving it to someone who actually needs it. That is how you don't become a hoarder.

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Get rid of the old to bring in the new

Hoarding is all about the collection of stuff, but in order to not become one, you need to know when to get rid of the stuff that you aren't using. If you haven't used some stuff in a few months and you know you aren't going to use it then get rid of it. If you hang on to limitless amounts of things you won't be able to get new things and isn't that what everyone wants? New things?

What do you do to not become a Hoarder? Let's Discuss

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I agree. We tend to keep hoarding stuff even when not required.