As many of us realise, “Hoarding” is a complex issue and is an acknowledged disorder. Many of us may struggle with too much stuff and and we may refer to it as “hoarding”. A few years ago I assisted a gentleman who said I “dehoarded” him!
I was recently asked to comment on the issue on a popular blog – check it out …
… Home Sorting Specialist Mary J Harnan from all sorters tells us:
“You don’t have to be a minimalist to be organised… If your stuff is out of balance, then it’s finding ways to change how you think about needing stuff. I ask ‘Is your stuff an accessory to your life’, or ‘is your life about looking after your stuff?’ Collectors manage their collections, they are organised, they may buy and sell, but they can think about their collections logically. Whereas hoarding behaviours mean that items are often not treated with respect, are boxed up and never appreciated, or collections may be mixed together. It is more about the ‘keeping’ than anything else.”
If you are challenged with too much stuff, find a way that motivates and supports you. It may be seeking professional assistance, reading a book or great blogs. Strive to do the best that you can and be aware that it is not about “perfection”.
Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist
Aging Specialist, ICD | CD Specialist, ICD | Hoarding Specialist, ICD | Expert Member AAPO
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of senior adults & their families.
I regularly speak about 3a decluttering, smart downsizing and farewelling the family home.