Hoarding is a pathological disorder that develops from being unable to throw anything you own away. It isn’t as much about being selfish, as it is about being afraid of change. Of course, its effects are negative, as the person that suffers from it is unable to completely use their living space, and it affects their lives on a daily basis. Keeping everything that you’ve ever bought contributes to stress. A person cannot concentrate to work on a cluttered desk. Furthermore, when a hoarder looks around all the things they own, which they don’t actually need, the feelings of anxiety and guilt arise.
For every item in your home, you need to ask yourself the question – am I keeping it because it makes me happy? If the answer is that you are only keeping it because you think you should, then it’s time you throw it in the trash.
Decide when it’s cleaning time
Pick a time during the day, and spend 20 minutes cleaning your home. By doing this, you will no longer feel shocked whenever you open a cluttered closet, and you will actually be able to finish things that you have set out to do.
Remember where your memories really are
When you come to think about it, your memories aren’t in things, but in your mind. Of course, it’s tough to get rid of sentimental items that have value to you, so you can keep those. But not every item truly deserves a spot in your home.
Take care of the items you “might” need
There is a great solution for the items that you aren’t sure whether you are going to need or not. Gather them up into a pile and hide them someplace for a month. If during that period you don’t end up needing them at all, then they aren’t really necessary for you to keep.
Get rid of old magazines
Think about those old stacks of magazines that you are keeping. Have you read them? If you haven’t yet, you probably won’t do it either. If you have, what is the likelihood of you doing it again? If there are certain articles that mean something to you, save them as clippings. A local library might make use of the rest.
Refresh the wardrobe
There is a neat trick that you should try out. When new season starts, make sure that all the hangers in your wardrobe are facing right. After you have worn those clothes at least once, hang them so they face left. After the season is done, keep just the clothes on the hangers that are facing to the left.
Find a storage
If there are items that you truly decide that you are going to need, but are creating clutter in your home, find a storage where you are going to keep them. This is a neat solution for keeping those things out of the way and being able to get them when you need them.
Donate to charity
There is certainly a lot of items in your home that you aren’t using and someone else might actually need them. Instead of waiting for the holidays to be the good Samaritan, opt for the local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Or you find some other place that is looking for used equipment, books, and musical instruments.
Even though we use a lot of excuses to get away from cleaning, the fact is that throwing out physical clutter is similar to letting go of a burden in your mind. A lot of people will tell you that it feels invigorating. You will bring more space, and in the result, more peace to your home.