Often, hoarders have a real mental block about getting rid of things because we spent money on them. It seems that getting rid of them now is a waste of that original money and that the only way for it to not have been a waste is to keep the item.
The problem is, if we’re not benefiting from the product, it’s not doing us any good to keep it, even if it cost us a lot of cash in the first place.
One way to tackle this is to sell these things, rather than donate or trash them. This video with Donna Smallin Kuper looks at how to declutter for cash and, even though Craigslist isn’t used much here in the UK, there are some great ideas here.
Some very wise and pertinent words from Greg Denning
There are lots of different possible tactics to use to declutter our homes. This video by Brittany Taylor makes some suggestions:
- Pack everything you own into boxes. Take things out as you use them. After a pre-determined period of time, you can safely get rid of what’s still in the boxes, because you haven’t used that stuff for 3 / 6 / 12 months.
- Pick an area of the home to work on – a room, or a piece of furniture. Set a schedule and commit to working on it.
- Just dive in and take it all on!
As with a lot of decluttering advice, these techniques aren’t perfectly suited for full-on hoarders. However, as is so often the case, there are tips and tricks we can use and adapt to suit our circumstances. I think the first idea, above, is a particularly useful one to reassure us that we really don’t necessarily need all 80 of our teacups.
Ok, it’s overly simplistic and doesn’t take into account the emotional attachments that hoarders have to their belongings BUT if you’re stuck for ideas on where to start with your decluttering efforts, this video from BuzzFeed might just be what you need to push you into action.
Ok, this is pretty hilarious. And it hits the spot… “They fill the void… you know, stuff…”
Some of this is a bit basic, but it’s good to be reminded…
FLYLady. I tried to follow her programme a few years ago but, getting her emails through the day to remind me to do a new task, I found it impossible. It seemed to be designed for people who had nothing to do but wait for her mails and it just didn’t suit someone with other things to do (like work, go out, see friends etc.)
However, there is some useful stuff in this video about how and where to start a decluttering journey. It’s common sense in many ways, but those of us with hoarded houses have to admit that we lack a certain amount of common sense in these areas!! Enjoy.