Tips for the Borderline Hoarder

Tips for the Borderline Hoarder 


We get it: it’s hard to get rid of things that have that nostalgia factor or bring back treasured memories. Especially if you’ve lost a loved one, or are especially attached to a certain period in your life. Getting rid of things that have sentimental value is just hard. Add to that a desire to be frugal, to make things last and not to waste, and you have a person who just can’t seem to get rid of anything. We’ve all been there. 

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However, there comes a point when saving things goes from simply keeping memories alive to outright hoarding. Real-life hoarding is often symptomatic of trauma or mental health issues, and something that should never be made light of. If you think your reluctance to get rid of anything may be bordering on a problem, there are ways to get yourself back in order, save space and get rid of things you don’t need. It’s just a matter of following a few steps to get back on track. 

We’ve listed our ideas below. 


Enlist a Friend

Asking a trusted person to assist you in purging items can be a big help. Someone who knows you well enough to know which items are truly important, but who is also unbiased enough to tell you when you’re hanging on to things you genuinely don’t need. They can be the voice of reason, a clear-headed person who will help you sort through your stuff and organize it accordingly. 


Sometimes it’s just as simple as having someone who will take your junk to Goodwill for you, so you don’t have to. Just having a person there who is willing to take a few steps on your behalf can make all the difference. 


“Sparking Joy” and other Trendy Ideas

We’ve all seen the Netflix show, or at least heard about it. The thing is, Marie Kondo’s philosophy became so popular because there is wisdom in the idea. 


When going through your hoarded items, pause with each one and ask yourself the hard question. “Do I really love this item, or am I just clinging to it out of fear/frugality/habit?” If the answer isn’t “Yes, I love this!”, chuck it. 


If you want to go a step further, ask yourself, even if the items you LOVE, “Do I use this? Is it of use to me?” If not, consider donating it to someone who will benefit from the item even more than you can. 


Storage Facilities

Even after purging items, you may still find yourself in possession of a lot of stuff. For collectors, those who sell online, or just have a lot of memories to safeguard, using your house to store this stuff is what begins the hoarding mentality. Better to protect these items by keeping them in a private space denoted just for them. Whether that’s a special room in the basement or attic, or Custom Storage Solutions, such as a rented unit or purchased storage building, is up to you. 


Delegating a private space to your treasured item will protect them for years to come and keep your living space free of clutter, which will help your mental health and discourage any future hoarding behaviors. 

Try these tips and see if perhaps you can’t curb the hoarding before it begins. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with keeping items that mean a lot to you; it’s all about balance and knowing the difference between what’s important and what is junk.

How To Cope With A Tiny Kitchen

How To Cope With A Tiny Kitchen

A small kitchen has its perks – having everything in arm’s reach can make cooking easier. However, you could find that multiple people can’t use the kitchen and that you’re constantly running out of space to store food and cooking apparatus.

Extending your kitchen might be an option if you own your home and have the available land. However, even those with the ability to do this may find it too expensive. Learning to make do with the space you’ve got may be the only option. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can maximize the space in a tiny kitchen to make it more practical.

Sort through your shelves and cupboards

We all have stuff in our kitchen cupboards that we don’t need. Getting rid of this clutter could help to free up space for more genuine essentials. Sort through your food first – make it your mission to use any unopened cans of food (or take them to the food bank). Then consider selling or donating any appliances that you never use such as toasties machines or pasta makers.

After this clutter is gone, take the time to reorganize all your kitchen belongings. Try to find the most space-efficient ways to store things such as stacking cans.

Use space-saving appliances

You may be able to further free up space by choosing specific space-saving appliances.

For instance, a fridge-freezer could be a better option than having a separate refrigerator and freezer. Many slim but tall models can be great in a small kitchen.

A more radical option could be to do away with your oven and consider countertop appliances. An air fryer could be an option – you can cook everything from roast chicken to frozen fries in an air fryer. By removing your oven, you could free up a huge amount of extra space for storage.

Make use of empty walls

If you have any empty walls in your kitchen, consider ways in which you could convert these into extra storage.

You could try building shelves on empty walls for storing containers of food or utensils. Alternatively, if you have an empty wall above a sink, you could build metal racks for draining plates and cutlery, reducing the need for a draining board at the side of the sink.

You could also look into magnetic strips for hanging knives – this could eliminate the need for a wood block, which could be taking up countertop space. Hooks on walls for hanging utensils could be another option.

Buy kitchenware that stacks

Being able to stack things can save space. While most sets of bowls and plates are stackable, you may also be able to look into other kitchenware such as stackable pans. It’s even possible to buy stackable coffee mugs and even stackable wine glasses.

How To Make Your Garage Absolutely Rock

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Garages aren’t the sexiest part of the house – not by a long shot. But they are incredibly practical and, often large, meaning that they have potential. Your garage doesn’t need to be a dumping ground for anything and everything that can’t fit in your home. It can be an incredible room in its own right with the right approach. Here’s how to make your garage rock. 


Turn It Into A Workspace


If you work from home, you often want to separate your working and living areas from each other. It helps get you in the mood for the day ahead and prevents you from getting distracted by other people, including your kids running around. 


Transforming your garage into a veritable workspace is easier than you might think. You already have the basics, such as an electrical outlet. It’s just a matter of fitting it out with office equipment, and away you go. 


If your garage is a bit bare, then you might want to cover the floor with a rug, add some extra lighting options and fit some windows if you don’t have any already. But aside from that, there’s comparatively little work you need to do. 


Sort Out The Door


Garage doors are notoriously unreliable contraptions, famous for their propensity to break down, just when you need them the most. If yours is giving you the hassle,  then find someone who offers garage door repair and sort out the problem. You’d be amazed at just how much of a difference fixing your old door can make to your quality of life. 


Make Space For A Craft Room


In many ways, garages are perfectly set up for craft rooms. They already have all the storage you need for your equipment, plus it doesn’t matter if you spill things on the floor – clean up is easy. On top of that, they also offer ample space, preventing you from having to take over a spare bedroom that you might want to use for guests. 


Dress The Walls


People often view garages as purely functional spaces. But even if they are, that doesn’t mean that design has to be absent. There are all kinds of examples of trendy workshops out there on the internet that beautifully combine both form and function. 


Dressing the walls is a cost-effective and straightforward way to give your garage a boost immediately. You can transform even the dullest of walls into something that will make you want to spend more time there. 


Add Storage Solutions


If you’re like most people, your garage is something of a dumping ground for all the stuff that is too big or awkward to fit in other parts of your home. 


Adding storage solutions can help a great deal. Here you choose a wall of your garage and install full floor-to-ceiling cabinets for storing long objects, such as brooms and mops. You can also use it for kids’ stuff, like prams and buggies, getting them out of the way when you don’t need them.

5 Great Ways To Get Ready For A Big Move

So you’ve finally got the house of your dreams! You are starting to get the house ready for the big moving day. Moving home can be stressful. Whatever your situation, we have five top tips to make your house move a happy one.


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Start Planning As Soon As You Can

The earlier you start planning for the move, the less stress you will hopefully encounter. When securing the house, it’s understandable that you can get so caught up in the house-buying process, you forget or don’t have time for getting everything packed up and ready to go. 


Get Organized With Your Packing

Start by considering a variety of supplies for Self Storage, from cardboard to plastic boxes and a range of sizes depending on what you need to pack. It’s tempting to put off packing, but there are bound to be items you don’t need until a few months after the move. Consider packing Summer clothes you don’t need if you’re moving in January or the Christmas tree you can put in a box if you’re moving mid-July. Make sure you label them all up with the room they’re going in, along with whether they’re essential. Consider how frazzled you may be on the day, and make it as easy as possible for your future self to handle.


Make Sure You Are Realistic About What Will Fit

If you’ve accumulated a lifetime’s worth of items and are downsizing consider this before you pack up the kitchen sink and try and fit it into your new place. It’s the perfect opportunity for a new start if you want to put a fresh spin on your new home, so consider items you can sell or give to Goodwill. Likewise for your furniture, you might end up with oversized or undersized items for your new home, and need a rethink before you try and fit your sofa up a flight of stairs or through a too-small entryway (cue Ross from Friends yelling Pivot). Visit your new home ahead of time to measure up everything so that you can get some furniture lined up for delivery.


Make A To-Do List For Addresses and People To Update

One of the first things everyone forgets to do during their house move is to update their account information. List everything from bank accounts, internet, contact lens orders, prescriptions, driving licenses, and relatives to tell. Be kind to future you and remember that you’re going to be busy, and might need to be reminded of all the essential items you’ll forget as soon as you launch yourself into integrating into your new area. When you set up finance for new furniture, also remember that if you change the address on your bank account, it could cause a problem if you change the address midway through a credit check, so wait until the payments are set up before updating everything.


Give People Jobs Or Distractions

Too many cooks can make a move too complicated, so think about things to keep any of your little ones occupied on the big day. Why not prepare some delicious snacks for you all ahead of time, like these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? Even buy a chew toy or bone for your dog to distract them during the move. If you’ve got older children or can rope some people in to help, give them a clear job (like cleaning, moving boxes, or sourcing that essential first move takeaway) to avoid them loitering around wondering what to do on the move day.


Tips For Making Kids Happy in Their New Home

Anyone who’s seen Pixar’s outstanding movie Inside Out can tell you just how stressful moving home can be for kids of any age. Especially if the move takes them away from their support network of school, friends, and extracurricular activities like sports and the arts. Everything may seem the same to you in your new home with similar amenities and attractions… but in the eyes of your child, you might as well have relocated to Mars.

The unfortunate truth is that even if you’ve taken all the right steps to manage a smooth, predictable, and (relatively) stress-free move, even if you used the best moving and storage companies, and even if you’ve taken every possible care to minimize disruption, the truth is that the prospect of settling happily into their new home may seem impossible for your child. Especially if they’re already navigating those challenging teen or preteen years. 


Here are some ways to make it easier for your youngsters to settle down and enjoy life in their new home…


Accentuate the positives


There’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to moving home, even if the idea of starting afresh in a new town, city, or state is daunting. It’s up to you to accentuate the positives and help them focus less on the negatives. Draw attention to the coolest things about your new house. Help them get excited about decorating their room however they want. Show them cool attractions that you know they’ll love like the local mall, movie theater, or sports stadium. Help them to visualize a better, happier life for themselves and the whole family. 


Listen to them when they tell you about the negatives


Of course, hewing closely to the positives doesn’t mean that you should jam your fingers in your ears when they pipe up about the negatives. Listening is one of the most important skills a parent can have. If your child feels like their opinion is invalidated by a parent they are likely to view the move as an even more negative prospect. 


Let them vent about their anxieties and frustrations before telling them in a calm and measured way what you can do together to help them feel better about it. 


Make yourselves a part of your new community


The family as a whole will find the whole move much easier if you form close links with the greater community as soon as possible. Encourage your son or daughter to sign up for sports teams or acting classes or whatever else they love to do in their free time. Find a local church and help your child make friends among the other parishioners. Give them a nice busy schedule to help them to weave themselves into the fabric of their new community.


But don’t burn bridges in your old community


Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should encourage your child to cut ties with their old friends. You should still encourage Skype chatting with their old friends and arrange visits and sleepovers if feasible.


While it may take a little while, eventually your child can come to realize that moving might just be the best thing that could have happened to them.