The term "hoarder" applies to those people with a serious disorder which can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, medication or both.  These are people that have severe anxiety about getting rid of possessions.  If you find you fall into this category, you can contact the National Association of Professional Organizers to find someone specially trained to work with such individuals.  They can be called at 856.380.6828.  Reaching out for help is a tremendous first step.

If you are not a hoarder, but simply have lots of decluttering to do, get started.  Determine item by item if it is something that either brings you great joy or serves a purpose..  If it does neither, it is time to get rid of it.  If it is of use to no one (a shirt with rips or paint on it) ditch it.  If you no longer have use for it but it is something others might use, donate it.  Many shelters assist homeless in getting set up in a new home and need household items in addition to clothing.  Always call before dropping off items.  If you decide to keep something, it needs to have a home and your space is going dictate how much you can really keep.  You'll love all the extra closet and pantry space once you declutter and get rid of those items you truly don't need!


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