There is always something refreshing about cleaning up and reducing the clutter in our spaces. We can have the urge to toss things more regularly and sometimes get too carried away. Why do you always feel the need to declutter?
Always feeling the need to declutter can be linked to stress and anxiety, where having lots of things in your space increases your anxious feelings. To try and relieve your feelings of stress, you can develop the urge to constantly declutter your space. Decluttering can temporarily relieve anxiety.
When we can’t get rid of our stress, getting rid of other things can help us feel better. It’s definitely an interesting process to consider!
Why do I want to declutter all the time?
Often, constantly feeling the need to declutter can be linked to feeling stressed or anxious. If you are experiencing lots of stress from something in your life (work, school, family, etc) you can feel urges to clean. These urges stem from not being able to relieve the stress but needing to do something to feel better.
Having a clean space helps promote mental health and wellbeing. When we clean, we often feel a lot better about that space and that contributes positively to our health. So, when you can’t stop feelings of stress and anxiety, you can end up constantly feeling the need to declutter. By decluttering, you are able to get rid of something physical as a substitute for your stress. You remove it from your space, and it temporarily can help you feel better. But this is only temporary because you aren’t actually dealing with the stress.
Always feeling the need to declutter can become more serious and be linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder in extreme cases. But this conclusion can only be drawn by consulting a professional about these decluttering urges.
You might also feel the need to declutter all the time because you’re worried about being judged for having a messy space or dirty house. Or you might be anxious about the negative or dangerous outcomes of a cluttered house. Typically, there will be some stressors that you can link this to, such as fears of a housefire from too much clutter. When you can identify this stressor, you can work to relieve it and break your decluttering addiction.
Why do I want to throw everything away?
You can feel as though you need to throw everything away if you are experiencing a huge stressor in your life. This stressor is usually causing a major life change for yourself which gives you the urge to get rid of everything and start again. Linking to what we mentioned before, this is your way of throwing away the stress and all the big emotions associated with it.
Sometimes, you can end up wanting to throw everything away because your home has become too messy for you to handle. When there are constantly things to be picked up and cleaned, it can make you feel defeated. This frustration can build until you reach a tipping point and want to get rid of everything.
Can you declutter too much?
It is possible to declutter too much, and this can be a sign of an anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are situations where people declutter to the point of only having furniture left in their house. This can come about from feeling the need to get rid of everything that seems to be cluttering up the house. What was thrown away may not have actually been cluttering the house, but it can feel that way at times.
Often, decluttering too much can come from those feelings of stress and anxiety that we’ve been referring to. You can get carried away searching for that relief and end up getting rid of too many things from your home.
A big clean out of your house is great when you hire a skip bin and let someone else deal with the mess from there. But it shouldn’t be something that you are doing every weekend. Before you know it, you’ll be left with nothing in your house.
If you are decluttering too much where it is almost an addiction, you should talk to someone. See what is causing the need to declutter so much and why you are getting rid of so many things. There may be a connection between all the items you are getting rid of. Or the connection could be to your own feelings of stress. You won’t know until you sit down with someone and analyse the need to declutter.
What causes compulsive decluttering?
Compulsive decluttering is a term for obsessive decluttering and stems from the inability to handle mess. Compulsive decluttering is also known as obsessive-compulsive spartanism and involves decluttering to the point of living with almost nothing in the house.
When your decluttering habits are interfering with your life, that’s when it is considered a severe level of compulsive decluttering. This is linked to multiple mental health disorders in which decluttering is a form of relief. Also, it’s associated with not being able to handle messes of any kind. To reduce the chances of coming across mess, you can feel the urge to declutter and deep clean your whole house. You could end up with only a bed left because of the severity of compulsive decluttering.
Compulsive decluttering is a serious syndrome that can really affect people’s lives. If you think you’re experiencing any form of severe decluttering urges, you should talk to a professional.
How do I stop obsessive decluttering?
The intensity of your decluttering urges can dictate the solution to stop obsessive decluttering, whether it be practising self-control or counselling.
The first thing to do is evaluate how you feel after decluttering. If you feel huge but temporary waves of relief and feel the need to declutter again in the same week, stop for a moment. Try to hold off from decluttering anything for one more day. If this causes extreme stress or affects your life in other ways, you will need to talk to a professional about interventions.
If you’re feeling stressed about the clutter in your house, check out our article ‘is it normal to have a messy house?’ We have lots of skip bins for hire here at Capital Hire. We can deliver skips to Canberra and skips to Bungendore and more!