Do you hold onto items long after they’ve stopped being useful? From old clothes to accessories, antiques and furniture, some people fill their living space with clutter of all different types and varieties.
It’s called hoarding, and it’s a real medical condition. Hoarders can’t stand to give up their possessions and fill their homes with anything they feel is worth collecting and storing.
Hoarding can lead to clutter, serious clutter. In this post, we’ll share give signs that you might be becoming a hoarder, as well as some simple tips to ensure you don’t let your home become cluttered with old and unused items.
You keep items long after they’ve stopped being useful
Do you keep magazines for months after they’ve become irrelevant? A common sign of hoarding disorder is holding onto items that have no purpose or value just so you still have them.
If your coffee table is getting covered in old magazines and newspapers, pack them all up at once and dispose of them in one fell swoop. Every time you receive the next month’s issue, use the opportunity to dispose of last month’s copy.
You feel a certain attachment to everyday home items
It’s perfectly normal to feel an emotional attachment to a treasured family heirloom or your favourite children’s toy. It’s not, however, normal to feel an attachment to a napkin or an old pair of socks.
If you feel emotionally attached to items that have no real use or value, you might be a hoarder. Detach yourself from items by recognising that they’re not that important to you and that your life is just as full, interesting and fun without them.
Your obsession with clutter gets in the way of life
Have you missed appointments because you were too busy storing items inside your closet or chest of drawers? Not all hoarders are untidy – in fact, a lot of hoarders are obsessed with organising their collection of semi-useful items.
If you spend so much time hoarding and organising items that it’s getting in the way of your social life, there’s a good chance you have a hoarding disorder. Take a break and let life’s most important priorities go ahead of organising your shoe collection.
You constantly buy (or take) unnecessary, worthless items
Do you really need to take home unused napkins after your meal? Many hoarders are always on the lookout for free things to take home with them and store in case the day they’re required finally arrives.
From ketchup packets to free napkins, hoarders’ homes are often full of worthless free items. Avoid turning your home into a hoarder’s closet by asking yourself if it’s really worth taking something home just because it’s available for free.
Sections of your home are becoming inaccessible due to clutter
Is your desk so covered in documents, magazines and catalogues that it’s impossible to work on? Is your living room so full of trinkets and accessories that you can’t even sit down to watch TV?
When hoarding stops you from accessing or using parts of your home, it’s the right time to start decluttering. Sort your office documents into filing boxes and use a mix of plastic storage boxes and baskets to organise your living room and bedroom clutter.