You don’t have to be a compulsive hoarder to understand the strain that comes with letting go of long-loved or seemingly necessary household items. Your reasons for keeping them in possession are vast and indeed multifaceted beyond anyone else’s understanding. Perhaps you decided to keep all your unused office utensils in case you’re running low at work. Perhaps you feel a sentimental attachment to every cereal box your child has ever eaten from. Or perhaps you feel at peace when you have access to every disposable water bottle you’ve bought since you moved in. The point is you will always find a reason to keep these items, yet how often does this reason ever present itself?
Concentration and Productivity
Let us run with the possibility that the desire to maintain ownership of everything from your past is preventing you from thinking practically. Let us therefore assume that hoarding is not necessarily a result of bad health, but rather a producer of bad health. How exactly is this so? Well, as basic as this might sound, a person’s concentration levels are very reliant on the space the person is in. Someone with a lot on their mind doesn’t want to step into a crowded space when they get home; the very reason they rushed home was to get away from all the fuss and distractions that inhabit the city from dusk till dawn.
Your mind needs to wind down, and this remains impossible in a space that reflects your current mental state. If your clutter consists of important material – for example, work documents, camera equipment, music stands, car pieces, etc. – you might try storing it at another location. Investing in something like a self-storage unit would be beneficial for both your concentration and the preservation of your friendship with whomever you were going to ask to mind your stuff – for more information on prices, check out providers such as Fort Knox.
Another thing that is difficult to maintain when hoarding is your physical health. While refusing to let anything go to waste has its perks (environmental and so on), it can often create more limits than it does solutions. For instance, you might notice that your house is beginning to downgrade in size. Your kitchen is not as spacious as it used to be. There’s an impressive line of noodle boxes between you and the sink, the fridge is overflowing with empty beer bottles, and you can only pull out a draw half way before it hits a stack of canned tuna.
You decide, since you can’t use the kitchen anymore, that you’ll order takeout instead. Takeout quickly becomes the only way to eat. It’s cheap and the server always gives you more fries than you need or asked for, but as they’re there you decide may as well pursue them. The boxes come in handy later, so you pile them away for a future occasion. Pretty soon you gain weight from all the excessively fried food, and on top of which your stomach has expanded, so you can’t eat any less without feeling dissatisfied. What was once a harmless, winning situation is now a force to be reckoned with; it’s you verses the clutter.
Essentially, hoarding becomes an issue when it starts interfering with your life at hand. The above story is an extreme example of this, but one worth referring back to when you realise you need mountain gear to safely reach the other side of your living room. Storing and disposing, while unsentimental and boringly reasonable, is a key player in restoring your ph
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