Finally Declutter Your Home Easily

 

Several homeowners find that over the years they have accumulated items within their home that they do not need and soon they feel like they are out of living space. How can you declutter your home easily and quickly

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would be the first question you ask. The reality is that it probably did not take you one day to accumulate all the items you have and similarly it might take some time to get your house back in control. However, there are several simple ways that you can declutter your home easily.

Organize

The items in your home will start becoming a problem and turn into clutter if they are not properly organized. It is easy to buy things and leave them around the house after light use or worse still no use at all. With a busy lifestyle, you might find yourself promising to keep certain items away and never get around to doing it and as you buy more items the more living space they take up turning into clutter. Purposing to organize your items is the best place to start if you truly want to declutter your home.

Get help and create lists

Organizing your home with the main aim of de-cluttering is not an easy task especially if you are embarking on it alone. Get friends or family members to lend a helping hand to make the task more enjoyable and quicker. Invite them over during the weekend for a quick organizing session followed by a barbeque and as incentives allow them to take things you do not need. In order to keep a better track of the items you have in your home and make the organizing process much more efficient, create lists. The organizing process might not get done in one weekend and so you will need to set aside several weekends and keep track of where like-items are stored for future reference.

Proper storage

Once you decide to organize your home, you will need proper storage methods in order to regain most of your living space. Get proper storage boxes and if need be invest in storage units which take up minimal space. Only keep what you absolutely need and use and properly store away the rest for donation or disposal. Throwing away your items does not sound appealing especially because you probably spent a lot to acquire them. The next best solution is to give away the items that you do not need.

Give out something each day

Chances are that every single day you will stumble upon one or two items and question why you bought them or even own them at all. What you can do is to start by giving away an item each day and soon the pile of items which you do not need and are taking up valuable space will thin out.
These are some of the few simple ways to use to declutter your home. Remember that it starts with one item stored properly or discarded at a time to restore your home back to a live-able space.

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Details on Hoarding Statistics

Hoarding unfortunately is a condition that affects very many individuals and some don’t even realize that they are really suffering from it. According to hoarding statistics, around 5% of the entire population in the universe

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hoarder (Photo credit: TheoJunior)

displays some sort of clinical hoarding. This percentage is twice the rate of OCD and four times the rate of schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Some of the features displayed by such individuals include: Cluttering living and working stations to a point where they cannot be utilized, getting numerous items that are absolutely useless and refusing or neglecting the act of getting rid of the items as well as the lack of ability to return borrowed items which most of the time leads to sticky fingers situation or theft which is taken into account when discussing hoarding statistics.
Hoarding statistics on the hoarders reveal that about 15% know that their behaviors are irrational while 50% get free items excessively. A whole75% of the hoarders also take part in excessive bullying. There are some reports that show that hoarders are more likely to suffer from over weight issues. When it comes to causes of hoarding, around 50% of the hoarders pick the habit from the family setting as a result of growing up in hoarders home or spending too much time with them. There are some studies that give contradicting information in that that state that hoarding at some point was beneficial and has even been preserved by a number of families. Genetics also play a huge role in the hoarding statistics as they account for about 50% of the hoarding behaviors.
There is also a percentage that evolves from collecting to hoarding. This mostly starts at a tender age where small children start collecting various items at only 25 months of age. By the time the children are celebrating their 5th birthday, almost 70% of them store the things that they have collected.
There are different types of hoarding with one of the most common one being animal hoarding. This is where people feel the need to have many pets at home to the extent that they cannot take proper care of them which is quite unfortunate. Most of the people who are guilty of this do not take a second to think that they are harming the animals. About 78% of the subjects who take part in animal hoarding also have loads of garbage while 45% have profuse feces or urine in their living spaces. In addition to being dangerous to the animals, it is also detrimental to the person’s health.
Some of the personal traits that are common with the hoarders include: impulsiveness, vulnerability, neuroticism, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, indecisiveness and self consciousness among many others. You will also find that between 18- 40% of the hoarders according to hoarding statistics also suffer from OCD. Only 5% of the person suffering from OCD displays this as a primary symptom. This has lead to the conclusion of many researchers that hoarding and OCD are different disorders. When it comes to treatment, around 70% of the patients respond positively to cognitive behavioral therapy. There are poor results to response and exposure prevention while there is mixed results for the patients who are given antidepressants. This is because scientists don’t understand fully the neurological sources of the hoarding behavior which makes it hard to get excellent results with medication.

 

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