You love your stuff. And that’s often great. But when your stuff gets in the way of living your life, then maybe keeping all the stuff you’ve acquired is no longer the right choice for you. Take a look at how your life is going.
Does clutter interfere with your daily activities? Is it difficult for you to move from one room to another in your home? Is there so much stuff piled near your stove that it is dangerous to turn on the oven or stovetop? Are exits blocked by clutter? Do you have family or friends who do not visit your home because of the way you live (either by your choice or theirs)? Is your home excessively cluttered with things you haven’t used in two, three, four, or more years? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your possessions are probably interfering with your daily life and you may be living in a hoarding situation.
Is that so bad? It appears so to most of us. Your family and friends would say absolutely (and they may already have encouraged you to change your ways). They have concerns about you living in extreme disorganization. But the fact is, only you can answer that question for you.
By the time you recognize that you’ve got way too much stuff, you’ve probably been hoarding for many years. When you’ve worked so hard to collect possessions, it won’t be a quick and easy thing to let them go. This is a challenging situation that requires the support of experts (or “professionals”). A trained professional organizer can be one of the experts who will help you get your home, and your life, back in balance. Take the first step—call someone and talk it over.