One thing that can make life very unpleasant and downright stressful is clutter. I don’t think many people realise just how badly accumulated stuff can affect their general wellbeing. Not only is it a matter of stale energy subconsciously and constantly affecting how we feel in a negative way, but it also creates a physical health hazard. It becomes practically impossible to sufficiently clean a home that contains too many things. The dust, bacteria and mould that inevitably grow in such an environment can destroy your health. Decluttering becomes a must in order to feel well.
At worst, compulsive-obsessive hoarding is mental disorder that can wreak havoc in just about every area of life. It is not only a horrible condition for people suffering from this illness – their children are also forced to deal with the extreme health hazards, social isolation and shame that is associated with it. It’s a form of child abuse that is rarely ever mentioned or discussed.
Many years ago, people in these situations had nowhere to go for help but, thanks to the Internet, that has improved tremendously. I recently discovered this website, which offers great help and advice to anyone affected by hoarding: Children of Hoarders
Someone once perfectly described mess and clutter:
“It is the manifestation of thousands of decisions that have never been made.”
It’s basically indecision and fear manifested – Being indecisive is being afraid of making a wrong choice. We keep things we haven’t used in ages, just in case they may come in handy one day. For severe compulsive obsessive hoarders, the problems go a lot deeper. The causes are often based on one or several traumatic events that haven’t been dealt or coped with. Often holding on to things is a symptom of extreme fear of loss or a desperate cry for safety and security. It is a difficult to treat mental illness, which is only rarely fully cured.
Below are many useful tips that will help you create a pleasant, healthy and beautiful environment.
If you like some very clear and extensive ideas on how to successfully declutter, here is a list of
For a list of many valuable, easy-to-find Household Tips (including non-toxic cleaning options, making your own natural personal care products, creative organising, etc), visit my Handy Tips page.
“If you want to clean a room thoroughly, you will pick up and examine everything in it. Some things you will look at with love, dust off or polish to give them new beauty. Some things you will see need refinishing or repair, and you will make a note to do that. Some things will never serve you again, and it becomes time to let those things go. There is no need to get angry in order to clean a room, and it is the same thing when we clean our mental house. If a thought or belief doesn’t serve you, let it go!” ~ Louise Hay
“The hoarder will suffer great loss. Be content with what you have and you will not be disgraced. Know when to stop and you will be preserved from danger. Only in this way will you long endure.” ~ Lao Tzu