Sunday, October 06, 2013
How to Fight the Hoarding Bug
Stuff. I hate that word – it doesn’t mean anything, but on the other hand it means
everything. It is the perfect word for describing the clutter I used to have around
the house. Old magazines I wanted to keep; clothes I barely wore but didn’t want
to throw away and books I didn’t read but didn’t want to part with were just some
of the stuff that clogged up my house.
When it comes to something like hoarding and clutter you find that you go from
one extreme to another. Either you don’t throw away a thing and drown or you are
cutthroat and get rid of it all. There is a very fine middle ground that you need to
Doing It for The Kids
As a parent, it’s impossible not to be sentimental. Finger-paintings, scribbled
master pieces in crayon, school reports and the like are difficult to part with. This
is where the problems start…for if you keep them all you are guilty of classic
hoarding so then you have to make decisions on what to keep and what to chuck.
What I find works best is if you come up with rules and then stick by them. The
rule is that if I want to keep a new piece of their work for the fridge or the cork
board an old one has to be thrown out.
Each kid has a box and that is where projects and report cards go. If something
doesn’t fit in the box then it doesn’t go it in.
In this digital age, you can scan things and store them online but there isn’t much
romance in that. Then again, there is little romance when it comes to clutter
Storing It Away
Seinfeld joked that they are building new cars every day but no-one is building
car spots so where will all the new cars go?
The same thing applies to all the new
things you bring into your place. Your place has finite storage space so if you
don’t apply the rule that things can only come if something else goes, you will find
that you are swamped. One way to get around this is to find an external source of
storage. After looking around and doing some research, I decided to do self storage
with Taxibox. I liked them and they are very friendly.
With clutter and hoarding
becoming more of an issue, looking for an alternate solution such as self storage is
becoming more popular.
Stop Looking Back
Why do we keep clothes in our closet that we have no intention of wearing? We
haven’t worn it in years but we won’t entertain the idea of throwing it away.
Something there has to give, especially your faulty logic. If you aren’t wearing it,
why keep it? If you’ve gained weight and can no longer wear it but would like to
in the future, give yourself a deadline for losing that weight. If it’s a piece that you
will think come back into style, you can’t keep it forever.
Once you make the decision to throw something away put that into the past.
Reminiscing about items you’ve parted with isn’t going to help you at all.
When you stay at a hotel room or furnished apartment you notice it’s devoid of
all personality. What’s there? A bed, TV, painting on the wall and bible by the
bed. Just functional things you need and nothing else. No-one is saying to have a
monastic lifestyle and live like this but if you don’t control the clutter it’s going to
control you. One of the biggest reasons people can’t deal with clutter is because
they are unable to make decisions. If you fall into this category, you can hire
someone to make these calls for you.
Start now and keep the stuff at a manageable level otherwise you will find yourself
drowning in it.
Bio ~ Allison Maxwell is a mother of three young kids. When not changing diapers and
taking the dog for a walk, she likes to unwind by watching Reality TV
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