The Problem of Clutter and Hoarding

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Everyone accumulates unnecessary items over time.
However, it is not generally a problem unless clutter and hoarding become an obsession.
Obsessive hoarding is a mental condition that many people have and the result is that their homes are filled with mounds and mounds of unnecessary items that present both health and safety hazards.
Their lives are focused on buying things, keeping them and living in the resulting chaos.
Life is more enjoyable when clutter is eliminated.
Everything that one owns should be useable or have some value to it, either monetary or sentimental.
Getting rid of all of the other items that have been accumulated through the years is the most important element in a hoarder's road to recovery.
However, in order to recover, the hoarder must be willing to make some major life changes.
Clutter is simply an accumulation of things that could be easily discarded or at least stored neatly away.
Things that are placed on countertops and tables need to be there for a reason.
If not, they should be stored out of sight or thrown away.
Adding more and more items just increases the clutter and makes it almost too much to deal with.
Obsessive hoarders tend to not see the clutter, only that they are adding more and more "things" to their collection of goodies! Cleaning up clutter is generally far too difficult for a hoarder to do on their own.
A hoarder has a compulsion to keep everything and cannot easily be persuaded to discard those very "important" items that mean so much to them.
A person who hoards usually needs professional counseling and the support of family and friends in order to start recovering from his or her compulsive behavior.
A hoarder often does better if the de-cluttering process starts in one room.
For an example, the kitchen is a good place to begin the process because it likely is unusable because of the disarray it is in.
Cleaning off the countertops, discarding old food and cleaning items and washing the dishes are good places to begin.
Then, damaged and unused appliances, pots, utensils and food containers can be discarded or donated to charity.
These same steps can be followed by the person to assist with all the additional clutter and hoarding that has occurred throughout the home.

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