Are You a Borderline Hoarder?

How do you know if you are a borderline hoarder? There are plenty of signs that could point to a hoarding problem, but even if you have some hoarding tendencies, it’s not too late to turn things around. You can avoid clutter by following a few key suggestions.

What Is Hoarding?

One of the most basic definitions of hoarding is that it’s the inability to get rid of common items. Hoarding differs from collecting because the items are generally not of value and most people would see them as just being junk. Hoarders are usually very protective of their stash of goods and get defensive when asked about it.

If you are a hoarder, help is available. Many people have been able to break the hoarding habit with some therapy and new practices. If you have ever wondered if you are a borderline hoarder, check your habits against these six red flags:

Are You a Borderline Hoarder?

You Can’t Bring Yourself to Throw Things Away

Many people hold on to things that they don’t need, but hoarders have trouble tossing even the most mundane things. If you find yourself collecting items of little or no monetary value, you might be bordering on being a hoarder. Set aside time every month to go through your house and toss everything that doesn’t have a purpose.

There Are Places in Your Home That You Can’t Get To

Do you have entire rooms of your house that you can’t access because there’s too much clutter there? Hoarders will often fill up every empty space with their collections, rendering entire areas of their homes inaccessible. Take a weekend and clear out inaccessible rooms. Enlist the help of a friend and ruthlessly throw things away.

The Majority of Things You Collect Have No Material or Sentimental Value

There are those who collect items, and then there are those who hoard. Collectors have specific interests, and their collections are generally contained or displayed in one area. If you wouldn’t put your collections on display for all of your friends and family to see, toss them.

You Have No System of Organization

Another thing that differentiates the hoarder from the collector is that hoarders often have no system of organization. This manifests itself in cluttered or inaccessible homes. Find a system of organization that works for you and stick with it. Invest in good storage containers and put everything in its place.

There Are Sanitation Concerns

Although not all hoarder homes are dirty, many have some sanitation concerns due to the sheer amount of stuff in the house. We are not talking about a sink full of dirty dishes once in a while but seriously unclean environments that could actually pose a health or safety threat of not dealt with. If this rings true to you, call in professional cleaning service for a deep clean and then strive to keep your home tidy.

The Thought of Parting With Belongings Is Stressful

There is a serious mental aspect of unhealthy hoarding. Many times hoarders have an attachment to their things that they can’t quite articulate, and the thought of getting rid of anything is stressful or even painful. It helps to talk to a trusted friend or therapist about your attachment difficulties and work through your feelings of anxiety.

Avoid Clutter and Make Your House Amazing

Hoarding is different than collecting. It’s about amassing stuff, not building value, or retaining things that have true meaning to you or your family. If you’re finding it hard to let go of the junk, parts of your home are now off-limits, or it’s even getting difficult to clean, you might be a borderline hoarder. The good news is that it’s not too late to get started on healthy new habits.

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2 thoughts on “Are You a Borderline Hoarder?”

  1. It was so funny when I read the article “Are you a Hoarder”. When I was younger my husband called my a hoarder, but I was more collected, who liked Christmas, Easter, 4th of July. In the beginning we had 2600 sq foot house w lots of room. Down the road downsides to 1600 ft condo. Started decluttering when we down sized the last time to 1300 ft. Ever since than I’m still decluttering & donating to
    Goodwill. My son teases my as asks how much to I have. My new model is if I don’t use it within 1 yr, it’s gone. Same with clothes, when I buy a new top I have to donate one. My son kids me “ how much do you still have.“
    It works for me. House is organized & I know just where everything is. ) my sister is a hoarder & at one time where she was living, she had to
    move because of it. I feel
    Sorry for her.

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  2. I am borderline. It’s the paper and unsolicited mail. During the political silly season not only is my mailbox cluttered but my e-mail can reach astronomical amounts. I realize I’m not alone. I have managed to keep the clutter in one room and try to tackle it every day but I am also a news junkie and there is so much going on in the world today I am reluctant to turn off the computer or the cable news. I try to excuse my problem by lamenting that there are not enough hours in a day to allow me to feed my exasperating habits and keep up with what is going on. My jaws are sore from biting the bullet and it doesn’t work anyway. Still foraging ahead. Wish me luck.

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