Katie McBride's Blog
A keen eye for exquisite furniture, wall hangings, flooring and accessories enlivens an entire home. An overwhelming feeling that bad things will occur if you don’t hold onto certain household products could rob you of less and less living space. The inner push or demand to hold onto belongings could also develop into hoarding habits.
Signs of hoarding generally start during the teenage years. A relationship breakup,death of a parent, significant lifestyle change due to an injury or illness or another major event are reasons why people start hoarding. Events such as a stroke, infection or a brain injury can also kick off hoarding.
The sooner you seek help, the better, as early treatment could make it easier for you to begin to heal. You could also keep your home from losing its value. Catching yourself early is important. It could be the brake that stops you from journeying too far into the disease. Read through these signs to see if you’re engaging in hoarding habits so that you can seek support, maintain your home’s value and keep moving forward.
- Saving newspapers, letters and magazines to the point that they are overflowing off a coffee table onto the floor or piled in the kitchen sink
- Shoes, clothes, dishware and other items filing the bathtub or oven
- Buying and storing items that you never use but feel as if they are a necessity
- Placing items in large garbage bags but never discarding the items
- Feeling threatened if someone ask you if they can help you remove items that you haven’t used in years
- Living in an unsanitary home and feeling as if you don’t have the strength to clean up even though you know rooms in your house are cluttered, unsafe and unsanitary
Steps That Could Stop Hoarding Habits
- Schedule 30 minutes to an hour a week to toss out items that you have not used (For example, you could toss old or outdated food in the garbage once a week.)
- Only buy products that you need. Avoid stocking up on products. (You could use the money that you would have spent to stock upon items to build a savings account.)
- Pick a date when you will clean your home and stick to the date. (If you live with relatives, ask them to help you clean.)
- Play soothing music while you clean and discard of unused items.
- Talk with a friend in person as you clean and toss items out that you no longer use.
- Catch yourself if you start compiling reasons why you need to keep an item you don’t use.
- Join a support group and hear how others are overcoming hoarding.
Hoarding habits may take years to become deeply rooted. However, once they do you could be living in a home that has furniture, boxes, toys, pictures and canned goods piled several feet high on the floor. Your home’s sink, counters, stairs and window ledges could also be covered with clothes, pets, accessories and food.
It reaches the point where you and your guests may find it difficult to move or walk. City officials could contact you to discuss your well-being and the condition of your home. To steer clear of hoarding habits, which can be a means to feel safe and as if unwanted changes have not really occurred, practice active listening.Honestly consider a relative’s or friend’s comments that you are holding onto items, as if you doing so could keep you from letting go of someone or something you feel you have lost. .