When I was young my mom used to call me "basurera" or "pack rat" because I love collecting stuff. She thinks it's all clutter. But as I grew older, I got over it. I realized I can always buy these stuff if I want to, no need to ruin the large empty space I saved for something else. But even so, we may be unaware of this "hoarding" problem that we might have.
To hoard - to amass / to gather / to keep, usually for one's personal collection.
Studies show that 15 million Americans suffer from compulsive hoarding. It is the tendency to over-collect, along with an inability to organize and/or get rid of items. Many of us may not know it, but we might be one of them. How to know if you're a hoarder? Here are some common signs:
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- You are a compulsive buyer.
- You find it difficult to use spaces in your home for their intended purpose ( dining table, kitchen, living room, etc...)
- You have multiple amounts of the same stuff ( handkerchiefs of the same color, similar beauty items, items for the house of the same style, etc...)
- You always have difficulty looking for an item through your closet or drawer because it is disorganized.
- You feel like your possessions are part of your identity.
- You become anxious and distressed when you or somebody tries to clean out your clutter.
- You have a relative who also has a problem with clutter in their home.
It is a serious problem, but prevention is always better than cure. If you think you might have one of these signs, it's never too late to stop it. Decision making and not becoming attached to your possessions play an important role in helping to prevent yourself in becoming a hoarder. Discipline is all you need. As much as possible, clean up your mess or any unbearable clutter you see in your house. Make your home a safe place to live. Always remember, home is where the heart is (not where the mess is).