Do you have boxes piling in corners, old magazines from the ’90s and other items you haven’t used in decades scattered around your home? Hoarding is best defined as a persistent difficulty with discarding possessions that hold no true value. It can also be related to compulsive buying, where you can’t stop purchasing items that will eventually just sit in the corner of your home collecting dust. If you fall under either of these categories, here are 5 tips for getting rid of useless items to create more space in your home and to improve the quality of your life.
Set Aside 30 Minutes A Day
Many hoarders struggle with organizing all their stuff and quickly feel overwhelmed by the entire process. You can cut down on the anxiety by putting aside 30 minutes a day to go through and clean out your stuff. It might not feel like you’re making a dent at first, but after a few weeks, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve thrown away and cleaned up.
Everything Should Have A Home
How do you decide what stays and what goes? By following the rule that “everything must have a home”. Otherwise, it gets thrown out. This will ensure that you only keep the items you use and can properly fit inside the home.
Create A Keep and Discard Pile
Avoid having an “unsure” pile. It either stays or it goes. You should also make sure that the discard pile is thrown out as soon as you are done organizing for the day. This can prevent you from having second thoughts and putting items back.
Send Some Items to Consignment
Many hoarders struggle to let go of items because they have sentimental value. If discarding something is out of the question, why not give it to a consignment shop so that someone else can get some use out of it?
Call A Hoarding Cleanup Service
If the hoarding has become extreme and you don’t know where to start, there are a number of services available that can provide a deep cleaning of your home. Known as hoarding cleanup services, these discreet businesses can handle the most extreme and serious hoarding situations. They can take care of the cleanup, as well as the mold removal, sanitation, and insect and pest control.
Hoarding can prevent you from living your best life and relocating to a new home. But by following these tips above, you’ll be able to declutter your home and get ready to make the move you’ve been waiting for. When it’s time, call us at Ottawa Moving Logistics. We’re Ottawa’s number one moving team and are ready to help!