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Creating a strategy to help de-clutter a hoarders home is the first part of the hoarding solutions. Here are some suggestions to help you devise your own hoarding solutions.
The 10 Second Rule
Give yourself 10 seconds to decide whether or not to discard an item you already own, or when letting new items into your home. This way, you don’t dwell on something for too long, and stress yourself out or change your mind. The longer you think about something, the more likely you are to keep it. If you cannot come up with an immediate use for something within 10 seconds, it’s safe to say that you won’t need it.
Set Time Limits
If you do decide to hold on to something, make sure you don’t keep it for too long. Deciding ahead of time how long you are willing to keep something before discarding it will help reduce the amount of unused items taking up space in your home. For example, if you really like something, but don’t have an immediate use for it, hold it for 3 months. If after those 3 months it remained untouched, discard or donate it.
Give Everything a Home
Keeping something is fine as long as you have a place for it. Giving each item in your home a purpose and a designated area will help keep you organized, and it will also let you know if you have too much stuff. Storage containers should only be used if they will improve the use of an item that already has a purpose. If you can’t give an item a purpose, and it doesn’t have a place that makes sense to keep it, let it go.
Commit to a Schedule
A large collection can be overwhelming to de-clutter, but no one says you have to do it overnight. Dedicating a reasonable amount of time to focus on specific areas is a much more practical solution than trying to take on the whole house. If you can spend 30 minutes on de-cluttering 5 days a week, you’ll see results in no time.
Call a Professional
The team at Hoarders911 is thoroughly trained in de-cluttering strategies and hoarding solutions. We provide discreet and compassionate professional organization and rubbish removal services.