Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
I’m about half way through the book The Hoarder in You by Dr. Robin Zasio. Dr. Zasio is a psychologist who specializes in anxiety and compulsions with a sub-specialty in hoarding; she is a consultant on the TV program Hoarders.
Early in the book, there’s a box: Do You Have Hoarding Tendencies? Of course, I answered “no” before I read the checklist. In fact, according to Dr. Zasio, I do have some. Well that’s a disappointment. Here is her list along with the paragraph that follows and my answers in blue:
Do you have a hard time parting with items, even if you never use them or they’re broken? No.
Do you have many items around your house that don’t have a permanent home? No, but I did before I started decluttering.
- Do you tend to make pile of things, to be dealt with at a future time, and these piles often linger for more than a few days? Hey, has she been looking at my desk? The rest of the house is okay.
- Are there areas in your home (the dining room table, for instance) that must be cleared off before they can be sued for their intended purpose? Possibly yes, although generally those items are being actively used up until the time that the table needs to be cleaned.
- Do you save things often because you are concerned about how you will feel if you need them in the future and no longer have them? Rarely.
- Do you often save things without a clear idea of how you’ll use them in the future? Only art / craft type items.
- Do you still have items that you once bought with the intention of giving them away as gifts? Yes, from the generic kid gift box that no longer gets used. Blue Santa, here they come!
- Do you have boxes of possessions that have moved with you from home to home but you’ve never gone through? No.
- Do you often buy multiples of the same items because you’ve forgotten you have it? Only very rarely.
- Are you helpless when faced with a “good deal,” even if it’s a good deal on something you don’t need? No.
- Do you take free things, like shampoos from hotels or packets of soup crackers, that you never wind up using? Yes, I sometimes take them, but yes I use them too.
The more questions you answered yes to, the stronger your hoarding tendencies, and your environment is likely cluttered accordingly. If you answered yes to all of them, it does not mean you are a hoarder; many of us have hoarding tendencies, but because they are kept in check, things don’t escalate to the point where your life is greatly affected. Still, the more you have, the more mindful you need to be of your habits so your environment does not cause you undue stress.
I wonder, how many of these tendencies do you have, and what are you doing to keep them at bay?
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter a canvas wall art piece that you don’t love.
Today’s Declutter Item
These multi-purpose tools can be mighty hand but keeping one in my handbag or pocket can become complicated when trying to board and aircraft. As a result it was constantly left at home where there are plenty of other individual tools to use. Hence it didn’t get used much.
Eco Tip for the Day
Loath as I am to bring attention to sales catalogues I find it my duty to inform you that you can probably access them online rather than receive them in your mailbox. In Australia catalogues can be accessed at www.lasoo.com.au . So to my Aussie readers who haven’t yet put a NO JUNK MAIL sign on their mailbox bookmark this site and go yet yourself that sign. If any readers know a web site in their country for this purpose please fell free to share. Personally I would prefer just not to read catalogues at all.