Keep it simple: 13 affirmative, decision-making prompts for people with hoarding behaviours

To mark National Hoarding Awareness Week we’re sharing some simple yet affirmative prompts and quotations to help the decision-making process and the choices to be made with regards to possessions.

Whether you feel ready to start unloading some of your hoard, or are trying to help someone else, these decluttering tips and techniques from Hoarding Disorders UK’s Jo Cooke could help you. But remember, take things at your own pace, and do stop and celebrate each small achievement

Keep it simple

  • Remember the 3 Cs – chuck, cherish, charity.
  • Use the principle ‘One in, one out’.
  • Everything in its place, and a place for everything.
  • Would I replace it if it went?
  • Would I miss it?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Does it enhance my life in any way?
  • How many do I have?
  • Is it broken?
  • Is it out of date?
  • What is the worst thing that could happen if I let it go?
  • Anything that evokes negative thoughts can be disposed of. Why
    be reminded of bad times?
  • ‘If in doubt – chuck it out.’

9781847094537Understanding Hoarding by Jo Cooke is out today.



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