Each decade we live we have more and more stuff so it makes sense that as the years go by we retain more and more stuff that we are connected to – treasures, milestones and stuff we love – what I call Lots of Life Stuff (LOLS).
This is particularly relevant for anyone further along their life journey (60+). Think back to what you owned in your 20’s compared to what you have now!
Hoarding is a term being widely used to describe clutter and people overwhelmed with stuff. The word is not always used correctly or wisely. Hoarding is an actual disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMV) which recognises hoarding as a diagnosable and treatable behavioural mental health condition. “Hoarding” is the acquisition of & failure to discard possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value, living spaces that are sufficiently cluttered as to preclude their intended use, & significant distress or impairment caused by the clutter ((definition from the Institute of Challenging Disorganization).
So how do we deal with all the stuff we have accumulated from our life journey –
EDITING what we keep is the key to controlling our stuff and not letting it dictate our quality of life.
- Unless you have the resources (space & financial) to keep lots, prioritising and choosing favourites can be a good way to go.
- Assess the space you have and organise your possessions into the space. Adding more and more storage for more and more stuff can be a dangerous path!
- If you have trouble editing, explore why you need to hold on to items so you can understand what is challenging you.
- Honor treasures and key life milestones – don’t let them get lost in piles of stuff (photo right).
Happy sorting, take care …
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of clients. I am an expert member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers & have achieved certificates in Chronic Disorganisation, Aging, Life Transitions, ADD & Hoarding from the Institute of Challenging Disorganization (USA). I regularly speak about smart downsizing & letting stuff go.