But I have come to realize that decluttering can be addictive in and of itself, and though decluttering is spoken of frequently here on the blog, it’s not the end goal to have everyone just decluttering.
The addictive decluttering I’m talking about here is very different than Compulsive Decluttering, which is a form of OCD, (where clutter causes extreme anxiety, to the point that life is challenging, because we do require a certain amount of possessions to live, but often the person with the disorder seeks an empty, clear and sterile environment).
I want to talk a bit about habitual type of decluttering. Where the act of decluttering is what is enjoyed- it gives a sense of accomplishment, exhilaration from seeing the room transformed and dropping boxes off at a donation site gives a rush.
When decluttering becomes the focus, rather than just a venue for lifestyle change, it needs to be addressed.
The only way to know if this is an issue for you is to spend some time in introspection and ask yourself some questions:
- Do you find yourself longing to declutter, (just for the thrill of it) without necessarily having an empty space as an end goal?
- When you think about decluttering, what is the end goal that you envision?
- Have you implemented daily routines to keep your home tidy, or don’t see the point of routines?
- Have you noticed a shift in buying/shopping habits or do you not consider your consumer mindset as a contributing factor to the clutter?