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How to Get Over an Addiction to Hoarding Stuff

There are many types and conditions of hoarding. Take these steps to get over the addiction and get rid of useless stuff.


  • Step 1: Visit a doctor Visit a doctor if hoarding gets so severe that it affects your daily life.
  • TIP: Depression, lack of social interaction, and the inability to discard items are signs of a hoarding addiction.
  • Step 2: Tackle cleaning Tackle cleaning one room at a time. If you get overwhelmed, take a break and come back.
  • Step 3: Take small steps Take small steps. Even if you spend 10 minutes a day, you are still making progress.
  • Step 4: Make piles Designate piles for items you want to keep, items you can donate, and items that can be thrown away. Once you make a decision don't move the items.
  • Step 5: Search for support groups Search for a counselor and support groups in your area that will provide you with help, information, and support. Stay motivated by focusing on your goals.
  • Step 6: Change your life Change your life by recognizing the problem and facing your fears. You can do it!
  • FACT: There are up to 2,000 reported cases of animal hoarding -- having so many pets that they can't all be properly taken care of -- in the United States each year.

You Will Need

  • Doctor
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Counselor
  • Support groups
  • Motivation

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