You have probably seen the television shows about hoarding. The kind of living environment that hoarders live in is terrifying, and you wonder how their compulsive behavior got so out of control. Although most compulsive hoarding are nowhere near as severe as the cases you see on television shows, the amount of clutter in most homes can easily get out of hand.
If you are worried that you or someone you know is turning out to be a hoarder, you need to address the problem immediately. Compulsive hoarding is a serious disorder that needs treatment, support, and understanding. Here are a few effective anti-clutter strategies you can apply in your own home. But before that, you should first understand what compulsive hoarding disorder is all about.
Compulsive Hoarding: A Closer Look
Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder which is characterized by excessively collecting items that have little or no value and difficulty discarding them.This results in accumulation of clutter to the point where the living space cannot be used for its intended purpose. The excessive clutter can lead to serious health hazards for the hoarder and those who live in the same house. This condition is considered as a serious problem when:
- The level of disorder in the hoarder’s home is increasing
- The hoarder keeps bringing in more things every day than the number of things they discard
- The amount of clutter hinders them from their daily activities. For instance, the residents of the house cannot use the kitchen or they cannot access certain rooms.
Treating this disorder can be very challenging because most hoarders don’t realize that they have a problem. They are unaware of how their behavior is impacting their life and the lives of those they love. With that said, it is important to encourage the hoarder to seek treatment and help. If you are worried that you or someone you know is turning into a hoarder, you should consider these anti-clutter strategies.
Quick Tips For Clutter-Control And Stop Hoarding
Start Slow: When it comes to controlling the mess inside your home, you don’t have to throw everything out at once. This may lead to depression, anxiety, and regret. Instead, you should go through what you have. Start in one small space or area in your house. You could also start with a specific collection and go through it every week.
Ask Yourself “Is It Useful?”: One of the most effective strategies to stop hoarding is to avoid bringing in new objects in your house. If you are tempted to shop, you should think twice. If you want to keep certain items, you really need to evaluate its usefulness. If there are things which are very important, but are not currently useful, you can consider placing them in storage. Click here to learn more tips about placing important items into storage.
Only Handle It Once: If you are in the process of throwing out unnecessary items, you should follow the OHIO rule: Only Handle It Once. If you pick an item, you should make a decision with that you want to do about it- either you store it, donate it, or discard it. Don’t fall into the vicious cycle of simply moving things around from one pile to another.
Scale Down Collections: If you kept your childhood test papers and books, you should consider tossing them out. If they have sentimental value, you can choose to save one or two items then throw out the rest. You could also consign, donate, or sell the rest.
Reduce The Amount of Paper Clutter: You should consider recycling junk mail as soon as you receive it. A better option is to cancel your subscription and sign up for digital newsletters or magazines. If you have a collection of books you’ve read at home, you can consider donating them in your local library. Doing so will allow other people to enjoy the books you will never read again.
These are just a few tips to control clutter at home and prevent hoarding. If you start noticing signs of compulsive hoarding, such as being obsessively attached to certain items or refusing to let other people touch or borrow them, immediately seek help. Remember that while compulsive hoarding is not easy to treat, it can still be overcome.
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This guest post is written by Kris Hopkins a registered nurse and health blogger. In this article, she discussed what compulsive hoarding is and how to stop it.