Hoarding is a big problem for a lot of people, but it isn’t something you can just stop doing. When people hoard, they have a psychological problem that needs to be looked at. No matter how long a person has hoarded for, there are ways you can put a stop to it. Nobody is destined to hoard useless junk forever. Some hoarding problems are worse than others, leaving people unable to safely navigate their way through their home. Yours may not be this bad. Maybe it isn’t your problem, maybe it’s somebody you know. Whatever the issue, here’s why people hoard and how to put a stop to it:
OCD And Other Mental Health Issues
Some people who hoard actually have mental health issues that get them stuck in these patterns. It isn’t as simple as them just keeping things, ‘just in case’. There’s usually a lot more going on that people don’t realise. This person may have OCD, depression, schizophrenia, or another mental health issue.
If this person has a family history of hoarding, then they are far more likely to hoard. Either because they have grown up around it, or because they were never taught how to properly assess and organise things. It isn’t necessarily their fault. Their family history can also have something to do with it if they were deprived as a child.
See A Doctor
The first step is to take yourself or the hoarder to see a doctor to be assessed. Some hoarders may be nervous about this, so you will need to let them know nothing bad is going to happen while they are out of the house. The doctor should be able to determine what is causing the hoarding, and what can be done to help stop this habit.
Reach Out To Others
Sometimes, people hoard out of loneliness. Reaching out to others and staying in touch with loved ones can actually help put hoarding to a stop.
There are many books on hoarding, all of which can be useful for people who hoard and people who know somebody who hoards. Reading up on it will help you to have a better understand of yourself/others.
If hoarding is an issue you are struggling with, you need to ask yourself these questions everytime you go to keep, store, or buy something. These questions are: ‘Do I really need this? Am I really going to use this?’. You may come up with a ton of reasons why you feel you need to keep something, as is normal for a hoarder. But if you haven’t used something in a very long time, chances are you’ll never need it in the future. If you genuinely need something, organize it.
Have A Clear Out
When you feel ready, you could have a clear out. Maybe recruit loved ones to help. It may help to look into bin hire at AllMetro bins if you have lots of things. Try to stay calm and remember why you’re doing this!
Face Your Fears
What fears do you have that keep you stuck in this pattern? Do you worry that you’ll forget important things, or lose information? This is never the case, and one thing that can help is choosing to face your fears. This can be scary, but so is any positive change.