Tips to Stop Hoarding

It may be easy to look down on hoarders and judge them for there habits. What many people don’t know is that they don’t only like keeping useless things, there’s a lot of emotional involvement as they continue to pile up on belongings. Some hoarders may even be attached to objects the same way regular people are attached to people or pets.

If you know someone who is a hoarder, you can help them get out of that illness by assisting them in following these steps below:
  • Start slow. Don’t throw everything out all at once, go through one small space or collection each week.
  • Handle objects only once. Curb the tendency to put something aside “for now” but instead take time to decide the fate of the item in the present so you don’t have to deal with it again.
  • Scale down collections. If you’ve kept all of your childhood report cards, choose to save 1-2 and toss the rest.
  • Consider consignment. It’s much easier to get rid of an item if you know it’s going to a good home. If donating isn’t a good option for you, think seriously about consignment
SOURCE: Quick Tips to Control Clutter and Stop Hoarding by Elizabeth Larkin, About.com

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