10 Tips to Help You Stop Hoarding

Although it has spawned many hit TV shows like Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive, hoarding is actually an extremely serious mental health issue for millions of people across America. Hoarding most often manifests in the inability to discard or give anything away, regardless of its value. This means that hoarders often feel compelled to keep old newspapers, wrappers, cardboard, and other garbage that has zero value and only takes up space.

Hoarding can also manifest in the compulsive acquisition of new items. We can see this often in people who are self-professed “shopaholics” or people who use couponing to collect more non-perishable goods than they’ll ever use in their lifetime. If you notice hoarding tendencies in yourself or someone you love, check out this list for some handy tips on how to tackle this troubling issue.

10. Explore Your Reasons for Hoarding

There are many reasons why people start hoarding. For some, it’s a way of maintaining a tenuous connection to the past by keeping all the items that they’ve ever come in contact with. For others, fear of what the future holds causes them to acquire objects that they think will help them moving forward. Whatever the logic behind your particular situation, it’s helpful to explore why you’re doing what you’re doing.

The first step is admitting you have a problem, then finding someone that you can talk to about it, like a trusted friend, or better yet, a therapist. A qualified therapist will be able to ask you the right questions so that you can explore the thought processes that have led you to start hoarding.

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