Some info about hoarding

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I had to smile about buying duplicates : ) and then hiding them so I won't be found out. Not only is hiding acquisitions embarrassing, but it adds up financially.

Hiding it, for makes me wonder if part of my behavior lends toward an addiction, Some have labeled the behavior as obsessive compulsive.

Many of us have blinders on. We don't see accumulation as hoarding. For example, Items are kept 'just in case', without them, how will we keep the memories of those we love, or this might be something salable or usable someday.

We excuse the physical safety issues hoarding can create. Even when our house/yard may be threatened with condemnation, we deny our home is 'that bad'. We don't take into account how hoarding affects people who are important to us.

We can't see hoarding could be a physical safe cushion, similar to excess weight excess weight might provide a literally physical distance between us and the world around us.

Usually, hoarding involves at least two aspects - acquisition and letting go.

As with physical health, managing hoarding is a lifelong journey. To me, 'lifelong' sounds overwhelming, But, taken 'just for today' and creating/using a support system goes a long way toward continued success.

This group can be part of our support system. Other possibilities could include a counselor, family, friends, resources, and goals made achievable by taking small steps,

The good news comes when we we face what we do to contribute to hoarding, we have a significant chance of managing hoarding.
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    Whatever we keep has to be kept clean and so accumulation robs of us time that we could spend doing something we love to do or doing nothing at all.

    I worked for a lady that had those tendencies (I do too) and she wanted to buy a paint brush to detail dust with. I was working for her because she had a broken arm and needed help. So off we went on a cold, blustery day to walk to a paint store to buy a brush.

    When I was cleaning in her kitchen, I lifted a toaster oven and found several paint brushes on the cart she kept the oven on. I was so cold during the walk. The trip wouldn't have been necessary if she could have found the brushes she already had.
    2781 days ago
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