Have you ever watched those shows on tv about hoarders and thought to yourself "How does it get that bad?"
I totally understand how it gets that bad. I admit that I'm a hoarder, but I'm not at the level of needing a drastic and overly dramatic television show intervention about it. But those hoarders on tv started somewhere. That somewhere is probably very similar to where I'm at now.
Actually, I think more people are in the same place I am than admit it openly. Have you Googled organization tips lately? Or looked at Pinterest? Or hung around Blogland for longer than 10 minutes? If the majority of people aren't hoarders to some degree then they're doing a damned good job of pretending to be.
From my point of view, there's two problems that stand in the way of un-hoarding: emotional attachments and the feeling of being overwhelmed.
I've been trying to start packing in preparation for our move in a few months and I tell myself that I'm going to downsize and get rid of stuff. But then as I'm sorting I develop intense, life-long emotional attachments to whatever it is that I'm considering getting rid of. I will drop dead on the spot if I get rid of it. Or at least it feels that way.
I know in the rational part of my brain that I don't truly need the item and won't drop dead and it won't be the end of the world if I get rid of it, but that emotional part of my brain screams a lot louder and a lot longer than the rational part.
As for feeling overwhelmed, it's just constant. I'm overwhelmed by the quantity of stuff that I own. And by the prospect of having to move it all. But the more I try to organize the more that I feel disorganized which then leads to the need to organize more but I feel more disorganized.
See the cycle? It's never-ending and feels like there's no hope in sight. What's the point of trying to organize when I won't get anywhere with it?
The hoarder's mind can be a cruel, vicious place.