If you have ever seen one of the television shows that deal with extreme Hoarding then you know how disgusting this habit can become. If you want to keep from becoming a hoarder than here are some tips to help you clean the junk out of your house and keep from hoarding. “Oh but I am not Hoarder” you say; however most of the people on the television shoes also believe they are not hoarders. If you keep collecting and piling up junk then you could be a hoarder. If you think it is special and worth saving but everybody else say’s it is junky trash, then you may already be classified as a hoarder.
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If you let your home get piled to the ceiling with junk then it will be extremely hard to clear out your house and make it livable. If you see you are running out of room and having to walk on small paths you have cleared in between the junk then now is the time to clear it out.
Throw the crap out. Even if you think it is important to save, it probably isn’t. If you have 3 boxes full of Scrabble tiles and no boards for the game then throw them out.
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“Oh well Grandma saves everything because she lived through the Great Depression”. SO what? The Depression was over with in the early 1940’s. Over 70 years ago Grandma lived through a rough time. I give her that, but now she gets Social Security and has a Condo in Florida. She has money in the bank and there is no need for her to keep collecting loose strings that fall off of her blouses. There is no need to keep every pair of shoes you have ever owned even if they are no longer wearable. Compulsive Hoarding is a mental disorder and Grandma not only needs the crap cleared out for her safety but she also needs some professional counseling.
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If you just can’t part with your precious scrabble tiles that do not have a game board to go with them then at least sell them on EBay. Bulk lots of wood Scrabble tiles are actually a hot seller on EBay. People always want to buy extra Scrabble tiles. The money you earn selling on EBay can help to clear some of the build-up out of your home. The money you raise cab be used to help pay for some professional de-Junkers to come over and declare war on the trash that you have let build up in your house.
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Compulsive Hoarders are often embarrassed to have people over at their house because they do not want people to see how trashy their house is with crap piled up to the ceilings. If you are at the beginning stages of hoarding or maybe even a full-blown hoarder then you need to ask for help. You need not only the help and support of friends and family to help clear out your collection of junk that has overtook your home, but you also need help. There are Psychologists and Psychiatrists that specialize in the Hoarding obsession and can truly help you with your compulsion to collect stuff that is worthless.
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Some people may think they are simply animal lovers and definitely not hoarding. Animal hoarding is a very real problem. If you have 120 cats walking around and crapping on the floor of your 2 bedroom trailer house then you have an animal hoarding problem.
Hoarding of any sorts is very unhealthy but animal hoarding brings unhealthy to an entire new level. When cat crap can urine is soaked into the floor it is a breeding ground for disease. It causes numerous healthy problems including pulmonary problems.
You do not have to have cats to be an Animal hoarder. You can be an animal hoarder with too many of any animal including chickens, goldfish, birds, and even iguanas. 1 Cat is cute. 100 cats is disgusting.
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Remember when you were a child and you loved going to spend a week at Grandmas’ house? It was always so much fun for both you and grandma to have that tine together wasn’t it? Well now YOU are the grandma and your house is so disgusting that your grandchildren won’t come and visit you. Is this the memories you want your grandchildren to remember? Of course it isn’t so CLEAN YOUR FRICKIN’ JUNK up.
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Book hoarding is an often overlooked aspect in the world of hoarders. There is nothing wrong with having a vast collection of books in your home. The problem occurs when there are books literally piled from floor to ceiling in every room with no room to maneuver around them. If you find yourself heading to the used bookstore and buying an entire box of books and then leave them lying around without ever reading them then you may be a book hoarder. If you just can’t throw the books away then sell them on EBay. If you must have a lot of books to read and want to collect thousands of titles that you will never read than buy a Kindle Fire and download thousands of free digital books.
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Your motto needs to be “Suck It Up”. When you start whining that you might need that pair of dirty underwear that you had in college than you need to suck it up. Both figuratively and literally. You need to quit whining and crying over junk. Old underwear that will never be worn is junk. Throw the crappy underwear out. If you got any junk left on the floor after throwing out all the stuff then pull out the vacuum cleaner and suck it up. Suck up everything until you can walk around your house. Never stop de-junking until your house is as clean and tidy as the homes you see on the television sitcoms.