0016: How to Stop the Negative Effects of Clutter

What happens when we know we need to let go of something and we resist? We may be able to get away with it for a while. But eventually, the consequences will mount. Taken to the extreme, this demonstrates itself as hoarding. You probably don’t have a diagnosable hoarding problem, but it can still be causing you stress or harm. We’re going to look for ways that hoarding shows up in our lives that we may not initially recognize. It makes developing awareness much more challenging.

In this episode, you will:

  • Recognize the ways hoarding affects everyone
  • Learn how to let go of the things that might be holding them back
  • Understand why people tend to accumulate possessions and hold onto unnecessary things

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Time Stamped Show Notes

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  • [01:47] —This article from ABC7 in New York talks about the fact that the New York firefighters have been trained to battle not only dangerous fires, but hoarding conditions as well.
  • [04:11] —Aware Appreciation.
  • [06:30] —What happens when we know we need to let go of something … you name it … and we resist? We may be able to get away with it for a while. But eventually, the consequences will mount.
  • [07:01] —As I’ve mentioned previously, hoarding is a real disorder. You may have seen programs on TV where they highlighted somebody who was a hoarder …
  • [11:30] —We might call this laziness or procrastination but it can just be a lack of vision. “What am I going to do with it?”
  • [15:05] —We all have that drawer or closet (most likely both) that has become a Pandora’s Box of stagnant energy. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not really.
  • [16:00] —I live with my family and have been working nonstop to save for my future. They are always asking for money and I don’t feel like I can say, “No.”

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About the Author

Dr. Gala Gorman is an entrepreneur…consultant, mediator, broker, publisher and, formerly, accounting firm partner. This experience helped shape the creation of the show. As a change facilitator, she ignites transformation in businesses, families, students, clients and, especially, within herself. When asked about why she created the show, Gorman said: “Developing awareness is what's worked for me. In fact, I'm a bit of an Awareness Addict. And, I'm hoping you'll become addicted too.”