Up to 5 per cent of people are struggling to some extent with the amount of things they collect, therefore it’s important to remember you are not alone.
Reluctance to let go and having difficulty organising possessions isn’t always associated with physical objects, but often associated with what possessions may represent and the memories and feelings they may evoke.
Some important questions to ask when trying to move forward include:
- When and why did I start collecting too much stuff?
- Is the number of items I collect affecting my life in a negative way?
- Am I becoming increasingly frustrated with my life?
- Do I feel isolated and alone?
- Am I choosing possessions over my family, relationships and security?
- Do I want to make positive changes and revaluate my priorities?
- Am I creating risks to the health, safety and wellbeing of myself and those around me?
Hoarding and squalor are complex issues and letting go of possessions and habits can be hard. However, it is possible that progress can be made and support is available within the community and online.