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Posted: 17 November 2016 - 08:41 AM
Hi JO :)

What seems to work well is picking up an item and asking yourself "why do I have this?"
Is it something you need, use regularly or absolutely love.
Be honest with yourself when you answer.
Is it something that was a gift and you are afraid of offending the giver?
The gift was just a token of their feelings toward you, not their actual affection so letting it go is OK.
Is it something you are keeping just in case another one you have is lost or broken?
Keep the best one of them and let the other go.
Is it something you don't want but paid money for and to donate it would be a waste of money?
Let it go, the money is already sunk cost and gone.
Is it something that gives you a bad feeling when you look at it?
Let it go!
Is it torn, chipped, stained or damaged and you keep it because maybe someday you can repair it?
Is it something that would be easily replaced for less than 20 dollars should you need it some future day?
Is it something nice and you like it but you have no room to store it and have other things just as nice that you do keep properly stored or displayed?
Let it go or swap it out for something you have and like a little less.
Think of how you want your home to be and if something does not fit in your vision it's ok to let it go.
Hope this helps.
Posted: 16 November 2016 - 10:04 AM
To make a long story short, I have a hoarding problem that I managed to keep concealed. Now I made so many progresses in my personal life. I started loving myself, accepting me, I started taking care of my body, lost 40 pounds. I found a job and there's someone really special in my life. I'm a brand new person, I'm happy with myself, I'm proud of everything I've accomplished through hard work. The only thing I need to tackle now is the cleaning up of the mess I created around me, physically. For the past week I've been filling up my car with stuff and dumping it. I've been dumping everything. I'm only really keeping what I need and I hope there will be very little remaining in my house after I'm done. After a week, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As embarrassing as it is to admit the state my house was in... I can see floor everywhere now. That is huge for me. I don't think it will take long until I can just start washing and put things in their places, but I'm at that point where I don't know where to turn. After so much throwing away I think I expected I'd be done already and now I just keep grabbing things and putting them back down because I can't decide what to do with it. It's the small things now and I guess I'm getting a bit frustrated at the realization of what I've done with my house. I think what I'm asking for is for some sort of method advice to deal with the final stages of clearing up this place and how to go about deciding what stays and what goes.
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