LIVING SPACES Magazine

De-clutter!

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Are you a hoarder or a collector?

Is there a difference between hoarders and collectors? Maybe not to the hoarders, but just ask their families. It’s probably an off-limits topic, much like their possessions. Hoarders accumulate indiscriminately, while collectors gather discriminately.

How do you know if you’re a hoarder?

You have stuff that archaeologists are looking for in your living space.

You’re certain something you have, somewhere, will be useful at some time, and everyone will thank you for it.

You’re not so big on display, so you just put it all out there and hope for the best.

The thought of getting rid of something requires sedatives, an inhaler and maybe an oxygen mask.

Your definition of ‘cleaning it out’ is ‘relocating it’.

You think saying ‘I’ll get around to it’ is a clever stall tactic.

Why should you de-clutter your home?

Hoarding conditions the mind to concentrate on the lack of things, rather than on the abundance. Holding onto things indicates your fear of letting go. And nothing good ever comes from the foundation of fear. Your home is more than just a roof over your head.

It is your sanctuary, not a storage container. It should be welcoming and rejuvenating. It says more about you than you could with all your vocabulary. So make sure it sends out the right message. The first step to reclaiming your abode is to start with a clean canvas.

Don’t worry that those unopened boxes might have something you will need. If you haven’t needed it till now, you’ll survive without it.

What do I do with all the stuff?

Be ruthless. Give it away or sell it. You have more to offer than most people. Instead of hoarding things, start accumulating the appreciation you will receive from those you decide to donate or sell to. Turn your perceived negative into a positive. Take joy in knowing that you have been instrumental in furnishing many homes that otherwise would be lacking character. Once you make space in your home, you will realise what a beautiful canvas you have to work with.

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Printable version | Jan 18, 2020 12:44:32 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/declutter/article6228214.ece

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