I love watching documentaries. They are the only films i watch at the moment. What i find interesting about documentaries on peoples lives is, that i see a different perspective, understand people’s behaviour better and learn something from it.

Hoarding to me is a lot like overeating. Building up an insulation against the outside world, it gives you a sense of security, as the woman in this video explains.
But it also isolates people and makes them socially insecure.

Some of the psychotherapists you see in these shows are a bit crap. I know that progress is slow, but i’d question how effective some kinds of therapy are. A lot of times doctors work more on the symptoms instead of the underlying issue, like the focus is predominantly on the clutter, not on why people need it. Therapists are expensive, the more drawn out a therapy becomes, the more money is to be made, just sayin’..

This video shows people explaining what triggered their hoarding and how it makes them feel safer.

Hoarding is a bit extreme, but compulsive and destructive behaviour can be triggered by life changing experiences or just start creeping up on us.

Buying too much stuff is becoming a hobby in our consumerist society. I think we all could do with a bit less stuff and more real experiences in our lives.

Just imagine how much better you will feel when you reclaim your space, get some unfinished projects done and can focus more on the favourite things in your life. Just enjoy yourself more and get rid off all this mind clutter!
Let go off the past and delusional safety nets.

I noticed that even little improvements make a difference. It’s a breath of fresh air just to rearrange one room. To get rid off and spend less time looking for things. To just have more peace of mind and the ability to focus on a few areas in your life properly, instead of being all over the place and forgetting things.

A great strategy is taking baby steps and then to really enjoy the freed up space and time you got and imagine how much better it could be if you moved  forward a bit more. That’s what i’m focusing on.

So yeah, baby steps and some imagination and don’t forget to breathe.


3 responses to “Hoarding

  1. The only thing that I want to hoard is food: a winter’s supply. I have successfully done so, and am now living off the fat of the land in a fierce Northern Hemisphere winter. Oh, and toilet paper, kleenex – anything else regularly consumed that I might run out of in a few months. My cupboards are emptying out. In May, it will be time to start stocking up again. By the end of November, I’ll start stocking up again.

  2. Oops … that should read, “By the end of November I’ll be stocked up again”.

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