Strategies to free yourself from compulsive collecting

Are you the type of person who can’t let go of anything? Do you find yourself holding on to every little knick-knack and trinket, even if it’s utterly useless? Well, then you might be a hoarder! Hoarders just love to collect stuff, and they don’t care about its value or usefulness. They’ll keep anything and everything, making it hard to find space to move around. So if your home is starting to feel like a game of Tetris, it might be time to let go of some things and declutter.

If you’re wondering how to stay on top of the neverending influx of stuff in your home, we’ve outlined a few tips and tricks for you:

Start small

When it comes to decluttering, it is important to start small. Begin with one room or even one area of a room, and work your way through your home gradually.

Sort items into categories

As you begin to declutter, it can be helpful to sort your items into categories. This can help you make decisions about what to do with each item and prevent you from keeping things that you don’t need or want.

Use the “one year” rule

One effective tip to combat hoarding is to adopt the “one year” rule. This rule entails getting rid of any item that you haven’t used or worn in over a year. Many hoarders tend to hold on to items because they believe they might need them in the future, but this often results in clutter and disorganization. By following the “one year” rule, you can evaluate each item’s usefulness and determine if it’s worth keeping or not. If you haven’t used or worn it in over a year, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll need it in the future. Consider donating or selling these items to someone who might appreciate them more. This simple rule can help you let go of unnecessary items and make your space more livable and organized.

Use the “one in, one out” rule

To prevent clutter from building up again, try to use the “one in, one out” rule. This  is a simple organisational principle that can help reduce clutter and prevent the accumulation of excess items. The rule involves getting rid of one item for every new item that is brought into your home. This can help you stay on top of clutter and prevent it from getting out of control.

Get a storage unit

Using a storage unit can be an effective strategy to combat hoarding, as it provides a designated space to store items without cluttering up your home. By renting a storage unit, you can reduce the amount of stuff in your living space while still holding on to the items that are important to you.

Overcoming compulsive collecting is a journey that requires patience and planning. Be gentle with yourself, and if you’re not quite ready to let go of your belongings forever, invest in a self storage unit. Indoor Self Storage has a wide range of storage solutions for you to choose from. Call us on 01803 835777 or visit our Downsizing Storage Solutions to learn more!