Getting Over ‘Overwhelm’ When Decluttering My Hoard

One of the biggest barriers I face when I’m trying to ‘dehoard’ is that I get overwhelmed, I don’t know where to start, and I give up before even trying.

I look out at the mounds of clothes and the piles of black binbags and the broken shelves of books and the wardrobe that I can’t even get to, and any small action I can take seems pointless.

What’s the use of picking up that book or that pair of jeans when the house looks like this?!

I know I need to get over this, and I know that it is a matter of hundreds and hundreds of small steps in order to make a big difference.

This video has some interesting tips. The audio quality isn’t great, but Gayle Goddard (aka the Clutter Fairy) does seem to understand the problem of feeling overwhelmed when you’re trying to declutter, including sabotaging yourself, making things look worse than before you started, and feeling defeated.

She looks at taking small bites and consistency as ways to beat the sense of overwhelm when decluttering.


This is it

2015 is the year I will sort out my hoarding. I’ve started many a new year with this vow but I am really, truly, utterly, totally sick of the state of things.

I’m terrified of knocks on the door, I can’t walk through my home without standing on things or tripping, and I absolutely hate it.

I feel like I’ve done a lot of the emotional / psychological work, now I need this STUFF to GO!

Watch this space – I will beat this demon.


Where to start?

So, I’m a hoarder. I hate it, I am ashamed, and very few people know.

My house is a mess. People say that when they mean that there are a few magazines lying around and an unwashed dish in the sink, but that is not what I mean. I mean pile on top of pile on top of pile.

I can’t move around easily. I can’t find anything. I can’t throw things away. I attach weird sentimentality to inanimate objects and I look at the piles of stuff and I just get overwhelmed and have no idea where to start.

I’m hoping this site will help me, somehow, to focus my mind and encourage me to start getting rid of things.

So. Many. Things.