“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that is poverty—but how efficiently we can put things first- When you are clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it is clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar” –Victoria Moran
Has the clutter in your home gone out of control?
Are there spaces or rooms you can no longer use because of the abundance of clutter? Or have your common spaces in your homes that have been long dominated by it? If you have answered yes to the following questions, then you might undeniably have a hoarding disorder that needs to be addressed immediately.
Admittedly, most people tend to have stuff at home that they do not necessarily need. In this regard, it is inevitable for a home to get messy and disorganized over time. However, there is a marked difference between a home that is simply disorganized and a home that is no longer useful from being overwhelmed by the clutter. If you find yourself constantly stressed and anxious about the possessions in your home insomuch that it affects your life and your health then you might need to do something about it. It could be that the culprit is obsessive-compulsive anxiety disorder known as hoarding. A central aspect of this disorder is the acquisition of and failure to discard a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or are of limited value. Unfortunately, aside from causing general disarray and disorganization in your homes, hoarding can present a very detrimental effect in your lives. With this in mind, it is best to identify the telling signs of a hoarding problem. The earlier you can determine what these signs are, the timelier your response and remedy to the general clutter of your home will be. After all, discarding clutter starts with knowing that you have it and admitting that you do have a problem. From there, you can then come up with ways to counteract your perceived need to save these unwanted or little to of no value items. After all, according to Wendell Berry, you should not own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.
With all these considered, knowing whether you are a compulsive hoarder is paramount. So, whether you are living in a perpetually disorganized condo unit in Avida Towers Sola or a messy flat elsewhere, here are the outward signs in your home that would identify you as a compulsive hoarder:
Parts of your home have become unusable
Admittedly, it is normal to have common clutter in your homes. After all, these are everyday items that may just be strewn about in your homes. However, this is not the case for a compulsive hoarder. The latter implies that something is wrong and it is immediately evident upon entering the home. The amount of mess inside would be jarring and some areas of the home would be unusable. It might be that furniture would be moved into a corner or even the middle of a room as the periphery is filled higher and higher with objects of no substantial use. Over time, the amount of clutter will get so bad that only pathways will exist to get from one room to another. Eventually, the mess and disorder will get so bad that it would even be difficult to identify furniture such as beds or chairs.
No organization to the clutter
Some hoarders would have quite a lot of stuff and despite lacking general storage for these items, they are able to know and determine where everything is. This is not the case for people who compulsively hoard their stuff. There is no semblance of organization for the items they have and things just appear to be stacked arbitrarily in rooms. In fact, some of the items contained in a room might not even belong or is just randomly included inside.
Hoarded items hold little to no value
A compulsive hoarder tends to accumulate items that are of no value in their homes. Some of these might be stack upon stacks of previous documents that should have long been discarded but are instead kept. Sure, there might be a few items that are still of use but that is a rare occurrence. Signs of compulsive hoarding would include keeping newspapers, junk mail, catalogs, magazines and the like. Similarly, having piles upon piles of useless clothes you have not worn in years and keeping broken appliances are also signs of compulsive hoarding.
Your home is becoming unsanitary
In essence, clutter tends to thrive in unsanitary conditions. Undeniably, hoarders live in homes that are already considered messy. However, compulsive hoarders take it to the next level living in conditions that are considered unsanitary and posing various precarious risks to their health and well-being. Some of the signs of this unsanitary conditions are piles upon piles of unwashed dishes, toilets that look like they have not been scrubbed for a very long while and laundry strewn all around.