There has been a lot in the news recently about the infamous Bondi hoarders and the angst they are causing the neighbours and the local council. They could certainly use our rubbish removal Bondi services!
What is Hoarding?
Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Lots of people collect things as a hobby. From stamps to books, antiques to sporting memorabilia, people collect for a variety of personal reasons. But collecting can, for some people, become hoarding – and while collecting can be a positive thing, hoarding is not.
Hoarding is actually a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. It goes way beyond collecting, and represents a malignant difficulty in parting with possessions – even junk and rubbish. A person who has a hoarding disorder has real distress when faced with the thought of discarding anything.
- Have difficulty letting go of anything
- Are excessively attached to material things
- Collect far too many things
- Are often disorganised (but can occasionally be obsessively neat and tidy to a fault)
- May shop excessively to acquire more stuff
Consider the man whose garage is full of tools and old nails, etc – kept for decades “just in case”.
Consider the person who has kept school and university notes for years after completing their studies – “just in case”.
Consider the person who has old computer parts or ancient appliances which are unused; keeps but does not wear clothing from 1990; has twenty bars of soap in the bathroom vanity; a woman who has a pile of magazines dating back years…
People acquire “stuff” in stages:
Clutter is accumulated stuff which is easily moved – if the items are being used and can be discarded easily, there is no problem.
Clots are cluttered accumulations which aren’t used or discarded for longer than six months. They are often messy, but may be pathologically neat. In any event, they take up space for no good reason. Examples include never ending clean laundry piles which aren’t ever put away; unfinished projects; unwanted purchases; and unfinished clear-outs.
Clogs are out of control clots. Think of the spare room which has become a dumping ground. The home becomes a storehouse for stuff and this is a hoard.
Hoarding can be an expression of mental illness and for most true hoarders, therapy can help enormously. Even small-scale hoarders can benefit from changing their thought patterns and when able, getting rid of all that accumulated trash.
Getting rid of unwanted, unused stuff is incredibly liberating. When you are ready to have a big clean out (hoarder or not), AA Adonis Rubbish Removals, Bondi and elsewhere in Sydney, are here to help. Call us today!