According to the Mayo Clinic, hoarding is a disorder that can be very mild or very severe. Hoarders do not see their disorder as a problem thus making treatment very difficult. We all at some point or another have some clutter around our homes, that is not hoarding. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.”
If on the other hand you know you have a cluttered home and want to start spring cleaning, then I’m with you. Starting small is the advice all those kitchen and home decorators tell you. Are they right? It has worked for me.
- Start with a small project, or head to a hall closet; You can begin by doing one shelf at a time. Take small cleaning steps to start going. If you are not a hoarder, then you will realized all the unnecessary things you are collecting on those shelves.
- Do not save things to think them over. If you haven’t used them in months, chances are you won’t be missing them anytime soon.
- If you clean a drawer or shelf and feel a sense of accomplishment, by all means do not stop. Keep going!
- Read the book-The life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing-It can inspire you to declutter your home for good.
- Ask your family for their help and participation. Your home is their home and they can help too.
A home that is full of unnecessary things, shelves full of items you don’t remember buying or storing, is a home that is not fun to be in day in and day out. Cleaning it also becomes a bigger burden every single day. If you need more inspiration, follow some of the links below to find different ways you can start decluttering your home.
By starting claiming your home back, you will be claiming your peace of mind as well.