All you need is less

The past week I came across this article that provided some fodder for thought.

Two and a half years ago, I was forced to give up most of the things in my home, which felt like a big part of my flesh has been cut. But it turned out to an extremely effective way to clear the clutter and to kill my hoarding habits.

If I wasn’t forced to downsized my living environment, I would have stayed a hoarder (especially for clothes, crafting and home-learning materials and kitchen items). Hoarding1

Hoarding is a common trait, especially so for females! It is an accepted trait and not considered a problem, until your home looks like a home featured in one of the episodes of ‘Hoarding – Buried Alive’ from the TLC channel. Besides, most of us will think that hoarding isn’t a problem since we still have some space at home to store stuff.

Screen Shot 2014 11 28 at 5 47 52 PMEven a Disney Princess thinks hoarding is neat,

Look at this stuff, Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, The girl who has everything? …But who cares? No big deal, I want more!

I had so many logical reasons to justify my hoarding habits, reasons like ‘I can’t bear to throw it’, ‘this item can be used for some other uses’, ‘or buy more now since it seems more economical, as I will eventually use it’.

In reality, I have never use those things that I hoarded for many years.

Hoarding used to be linked to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) based disorder. But research have shed further insight to Hoarding to be linked to depression, a need for comfort due to fears and anxiety, insecurity and even attention deficit disorder.

So Hoarding is an issue that is linked to the heart? Sounds like this condition may be a result of the vacuums existing in a heart that need stuff, lots of stuff, to temporary fill.


Hoarders6Hoarding Infographic extracted from here

Need help to deal with hoarding tendencies?

Here are 10 questions to help you with decluttering, and hopefully restrict the tendencies to buy in bulk.

And if you ever get tempted to buy more to hoard, join Pinterest, it is digital hoarding the healthier way without taking up extra space at home.

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  1. Thanks Rachel for this entry. Ha! Looks like I am a hoarder of things too, sometimes I can’t bear to throw away things that is linked emotionally. Like gift cards from friends, etc.
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  2. I m guilty a charged!! It is really hard esp w our collection of books n toys. Each time i declutter it seems i did nothing. N the hub is constantly threatening to throw all my stuff. Sigh. But with two in tow, i always hv this notion that things will hv great mileage if i keep. So that’s my excuse :p

  3. On the contrary, I like spring cleaning and throwing things, so don’t have such a problem hee hee
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  4. I have no problems with throwing things out but I do love to shop! I certainly agree that we need a lot less than we think. Thanks for the reminder.
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