Tips on Decluttering - How to fight Pathological Hoarding
Confession time: I am a hoarder myself, until...
Buying and keeping unnecessary clutter (things) at home is a result of the so-called Pathological Hoarding. It is an obsessive compulsive disorder that is manifested by storing, keeping and cluttering things that keeps the house untidy to look at.
Since we were children, there are things that we cannot let go. Most of it can be categorized as mainly: toys. During this age, we buy toys compulsively in order to brag or show off to our playmates or friends that we also have this latest toy or cards.
But as we get older, for example when we reached the age of puberty or teenage life, we tend to collect fashionable clothing, accessories and gadgets. Our allowances went to spending frenzy on unnecessary things, just to be 'in' with your group or company.
As we mature, the accumulated collection can become a habit that an clutter your personal cabinet or wardrobe. The reason for this will be a scapegoat to bigger family or personal problems. So, the tendency is to hoard whatever is available on sales at the nearest department store or flea market!
Or the worst scenario, your compulsive attitude can be a nuisance or affects other family members negatively.
Why would an individual be in this situation? There are things to consider as to why he or she collects things since childhood.
- The POSITIVE Effect - He/She foresees that toys, cards and memorabilia can be collectors' items in the future. It can be a lucrative way to generate business in the future,like in auctions, etc.
- The NEGATIVE Effect - If he/she was deprived of those things at an early age, he/she tends to buy and collect things compulsively.
Collecting memorable items can be therapeutic but if your house will not be able to hold your collection, then it's time to...
Note: This compulsive behavior of hoarding is also characterized by keeping things, even it is destroyed already or not functioning.
What to keep and what to discard
Here are some reminders on how to get rid of those imperfections.
Tips on Decluttering things at home
- Select those things that are still useful. Get rid of those that can only add volume and occupy space that is intended to other things.
- Avoid being sentimental. Put things at the right perspective. You can give some of your toys to children or even donate it at your chosen charity.
- Device your personal system in arranging things. For example, you can label things according to its name, specification, date you procured, etcetera.
- Know the values of the things you are storing. From paper magazine to plastic products and gadgets, you can get rid of those obsolete and destroyed.
- If you cannot decide by yourself, seek the help of an expert in deciding what to keep or discard from your collection.
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