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Hoarding vs Collecting
Hoarding versus Collecting
Are you afraid of throwing things away? Are your storage areas overflowing and messy? For most people, the difference between hoarding and collecting is blurry, but there is a big difference. Hoarding is often more about the fear of throwing away than about the joy of collecting or preserving.
According to the International OCD Foundation, compulsive hoarding affects at least 1 in 50 people, but they may be present in as many as 1 in 20.
To hoarders, even the idea of throwing things away can bring on some serious anxiety so instead of writing a blog telling you to change who you are, we want to help you with your problem.
Here are some helpful ideas to de-clutter without losing your precious belongings:
Think of it as a win-win; You give to someone in need, and you get a tax credit.
Make it practical!
We understand there are some things you just can’t get rid of, but can you make it more practical? Find a use for it around the house or put it in reach to be used.
Keep one & put the rest away.
Eliminating clutter is extremely hard for hoarders because it is so hard to organize all of their possessions.
Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself:
Why am I keeping this?
Does seeing this thing bring me joy?
If you answer ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’ then, the correct course of action is to get rid of it! Use Marie Kondo’s advice, only hold on to things that bring you joy.
Portable Storage units provide a very convenient way to store those belongings that you don’t want to get rid of but have run out of space to store. Whether you are downsizing, moving, or just wanting to reduce the clutter a Cool Box can be the solution. Store your stuff in the Cool Box and keep it on your property or let us store it for you. We redeliver it to you when you need it in the future or visit your box at one of our locations.
Sources: International OCD Foundation, Research of Gerald Nestadt, M.D. M.P.H and Jack Samuels, Ph.D. of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.