Did you see show on Oprah where they talked about people who hoard stuff, aka hoarders?
Peter Walsh, author of “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More was a guest on Oprah.
The show was a rerun, but ever since I saw it the first time, it has stuck with me. Clutter is bad, for many reasons.
But, it’s tough to let go of clutter. In some odd way, we become attached to our “stuff”. It makes us feel secure, but often wanting more.
But, the problem is, if we hoard stuff, we can create a breeding ground for all kinds of unhealthy stuff…spider nests, black mold, mildew, and other unhealthy airborne viruses and respiratory problems. It’s lack of air circulation that partially causes these problems.
Oprah’s show motivated me. I got rid of stacks of magazines, cleaned out my closets, and cabinets, and had a good collection of stuff to donate or to sell at my garage sale.
It also opened my eyes to what I bring into the house. I now try to only buy stuff I need or will use.
As I get older and wiser, I find I now only want to be surrounded by stuff that “makes my heart sing”. Stuff I really, really, really enjoy looking at. That’s right, that’s 3 “reallys”.
I also keep my receipts. Often, a day or two after I buy something, I change my mind and decide I really don’t want/need it. Now I take it back to the store and get a refund.
UPDATE: As you may have noticed, the topic of hoarding is becoming more prevalent. It’s been discussed on Larry King Live, as well as getting a show of it’s own, named, “Hoarding – Buried Alive” on TLC (The Learning Channel).
It was also noted on Larry King that some hoarders will need professional help. Screaming, begging or nagging is NOT the answer. Hoarders need support from family and friends as they make the journey from hoarding to healing. Many hoarders are also finding help online via support groups and/or forums.