One of the first exercises (homework) we do in our Support Group is to pay attention to what we acquire over the week. Do you find yourself stopping at Value Village, the Dollar Store or maybe your favourite Shoe Store after a hard day? Do you pick things up on the side of the road on garbage day or do well meaning friends give you things that you don’t necessarily want or need and it is difficult to say no. What about flyers or pamphlets and other free stuff that is just too hard to resist? It’s amazing how much stuff comes into our homes without our permission or without us really thinking too much about it.
Awareness of what we acquire and how much is usually an area that people who have challenges with clutter can get a handle on very quickly. Having an awareness of how you feel when you are looking and finding a treasure is very important too. You may be on a high when you are on the hunt or when you have found something that you just know you cannot live without. Are you able to think in that moment about whether you really want, need or love this item and cannot live without it or does it come home with you only to be left in the bag, tossed in the corner not to be found again for months or even years?
How do you feel, compared to when you acquired the item, to how you feel when you get home. You may be thinking “oh no, where will I put this” or “I am afraid to look at my balance in my bank account now”.
Pay attention to what you acquire over a week and see what comes up for you. You may be quite surprised!!