07 December 2018

Your Hoarder Mentality is Hurting You More than You Think

If you have a hoarder mentality, it's probably more harmful to you than you realize. It could even be having a negative impact on your finances. Here's why:

Hoarding Makes Other Aspects of Your Life Disorganized

If you hoard to the point where it is difficult to find things that you need, you will find that many areas of your life are seriously disrupted. For instance, it can impact your work life if you find yourself unable to find items that are necessary for work, and severe hoarding can even make it impossible to function. Even if your home is only mildly cluttered, you might be more disorganized than if you lived in an environment that tends to be clean. That's because psychologists believe that a clean space lends itself to a more organized state of mind, and this can improve productivity. Related: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/harmless-pack-rat-or-compulsive-hoarder#1

Other People Will See Your Home Differently

The reason for this is that you have become accustomed to seeing the clutter, but other people haven't. In some cases, people with a hoarding mentality have been shocked to find that other people thought their home was extremely messy, but they thought it seemed only "slightly cluttered" until they realized how other people saw their environment.

Your Stuff Probably Won't Appreciate

While some items will retain their value fairly well or even increase in value, it's unlikely that anything around the house will ever become a valuable antique. If you are unsure whether your items will gain value over time or not, you should consult an expert on antiques. However, there are ways that you can get an idea if one of your items has significant value:
  • Determine if the item is rare, and keep in mind that rare items are much more likely to gain substantial value over time.
  • If an item contains precious metals or any other material of significant value, it may be more likely to retain its value over time than other items.
  • Items that are handmade are more likely to retain their value over time.
  • If an item is in exceptionally good condition, it is likely to be valuable.

Related: https://www.allstorageonline.com/industry-blog/donate-your-clutter-to-these-non-profits/

Your Items Could Be More Than Useless

In some cases, the maintenance of these items could be costing you much more than they could ever be worth, and not selling them prevents you from profiting from any value that they do have. For example, if you have a junked car, you might find yourself regularly needing to set mouse traps to prevent (or combat) an infestation, and the cost of doing this could add up to more than the value of the junked vehicle over time. If you want to sell junked cars online or otherwise get rid of clutter, these are some ways that you can redeem any value that these items have:

  • eBay: You can use eBay to sell vehicles and various items that are worth a substantial amount of money.
  • LetGo: LetGo is a great app to get rid of small amounts of junk. The app will connect you to people in your area who you can sell the belongings to.
  • Amazon: If you have items other than vehicles, Amazon can be a great place to sell them.
  • Bonanza: Bonanza is similar to eBay in many ways, but there are some key differences. Unlike eBay, it's very easy to use the site without a PayPal account.
  • Mercari: Mercari is similar to other e-commerce sites, and it also is available as an app. It's possible to list an item in a mere few minutes with this app, and you do not need to meet anyone in person.
  • Craigslist: Not only can you get rid of your stuff quickly on Craigslist, but you'll be meeting with people who are located in your area to sell them.

Related: https://www.topdeals4wheels.com/sell-my-car-online-the-ultimate-guide/ 

Your Stuff Could Be Taking Up a Lot of Space

In extreme cases, hoarding can make it difficult to get around your house. Even if your house doesn't look that bad right now, remember that it always starts somewhere. If you wait too long and end up needing to hire someone to help you get rid of the clutter, it will create a significant expense.

Wrapping Up

Not only can a hoarder mentality be disruptive to your life, but it could even be impacting your finances. Luckily, getting rid of stuff is quite easy, and you do not have to have a garage sale to do it. This is one way you might learn to be more healthy and conscious in how you live. 

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