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Posted: 15 October 2013 - 02:12 PM
Welcome, Lisa and Donna. A huge first step is even thinking that you may have a hoarding problem. The next step is willingness to do something about it. Those are two HUGE steps, so welcome. Most of us have been or are in the same kind of situation, and these threads help so much. Just keep coming, reading, posting.
Posted: 15 October 2013 - 09:28 AM
Welcome Donna.

You've found a group of people struggling with the same things. Read, post, do a little work. We'll get there together. :)
Posted: 14 October 2013 - 01:58 PM
I too am new to this site. I do have this problem, I know it and need help. I have rooms with things in them. I don't know how to get started because I'm so over whelmed. We haven't let anyone in our house for years. There has to be more to life than what I am leading.
Posted: 13 October 2013 - 04:01 PM
Hi Leesa :)
First, take some deep calming breaths.
The best way to begin is by taking a bag and filling it with any obvious trash you see.
Then take that bag out to the can or dumpster.
By taking baby steps you can eventually get a handle on this, honest.

Come by the online support group tonight, the link is the red box directly to the right on this page.

You CAN do this! :D
Posted: 13 October 2013 - 01:33 PM
Ah Leesa, you are so in the right place!

Keep reading, keep posting. We're all getting thru it on different levels.
Posted: 13 October 2013 - 12:34 PM
Hi I am in the same boat.. :( I am just coming to the realization that I may be suffering from a hoarding disorder... The funny part is I am a Mental Health Counselor myself so this is even more embarrassing... I have been told by family and friends for years that I am a hoarder and I don't throw things away... I keep things because I think I will need them at another point in time... But looking around my house today, I became sick and overwhelmed with worry... I have piles and piles of mail (unopened and opened), piles of magazines (read and unread), clean tupparware containers that I collect from Chinese takeout and other food establishments, and piles of books and clothing everywhere in every room... I keep all of these things because I truly believe that I will need something to fit in one of those containers one day, or I may need an article from one of those magazines or newspapers to use for work or for school, or perhaps for the groups that I do counseling with... I keep clothing whether it still fits me or not either because it was given to me by someone that was special to me, or because I think I may still wear it one day... I guess I have such a small home and although I appear to be hoarding these items we can still walk in our hallways... However its getting harder to find a place to sit, because I have a pile of paperwork on each chair in kitchen and every dresser in bedroom is covered on top with clothing... I also have piles of papers in my living room... ugh this is a difficult thing to come to terms with... And right now I should be cleaning up and organizing or throwing things out one pile at a time, but the truth is I am so tired that and overwhelmed by all of my stuff that I don't have any energy to even get started.. I don't know what to throw out or keep, I don't where to put things in my house... It's debilitating... Even my car is filled to the top with stuff, as well as a storage unit that I pay for... Help I feel like I am drowning!! and everyone is mad at me!!
Posted: 06 October 2013 - 03:23 PM
Welcome, Ressie. You can get need support here at this website, for sure. Come on over to the Daily thread. Click on Hoarding Help Message Boards, then on Daily.
Posted: 06 October 2013 - 09:10 AM
Thank you so much Dianne.
Posted: 05 October 2013 - 12:29 PM
Hi Ressie, welcome.

Start right now by getting our some pure trash. Fill one bag with whatever you see ~ paper plates, used napkins, even big dust bunnies.

Time yourself for 2, 3 or 5 minutes at first. Maybe it's just to widen a goat trail a tiny bit.

Is there one drawer you can get to and clean out? One square foot of surface you can clear? Give yourself credit for every single step forward no matter how seemingly insignificant.

Read these threads whenever you need a break or get stressed. There is good advice and you'll find people who are in the same situation.

Whatever state you home is in it took a long time to get there. It's going to take time to get it better. Tiny bites at a time. Two good books to read are *Stuff* and *Buried in Treasures*.

There are a lot of us doing this together. We would love to have you join us. :)
Posted: 05 October 2013 - 10:27 AM
My house is so bad I don't know where to start.. Worse I don't know how it for this bad. Help me please!!!!
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