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Strange Habit - September 15th 2012, 07:23 PM

So I have this weird thing, doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes I find it very hard to throw things away. Not everything, for example when I was very young I would find things on the floor, literally just on the street, and I still have them today, hidden in my room (in a toy plastic safe :P). The things include plastic bracelets, rings, a couple of old looking metal nails. I have also done the same thing to odd screws that don't even have a place, weird childhood stickers, certain newspaper cuttings from ten years ago, etc. It's like, I think there might be a slight chance they'll be some use to me, even though that's ridiculous. Why do I do this??
   
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Re: Strange Habit - September 15th 2012, 07:41 PM

I don't think that's a question anyone but you could answer, as we can't see into your thoughts. Some people don't throw things away, I keep a lot of things and so do my parents.
Could you get rid of the things even if you wanted to?


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Re: Strange Habit - September 15th 2012, 07:46 PM

I think I'd only ever get rid of them if I was moving out, even then, perhaps not. If I wanted to now, I don't think I'd be able to. It doesn't exactly cause a problem, but I've just realised now really that it's not really normal :P
   
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Re: Strange Habit - September 15th 2012, 07:50 PM

I don't think its really that far from normal. People form emotional attachments to stuff, everyone does it. Its only a problem when you form an attachment to every little thing and begin hoarding stuff.
I can't throw away old things, I have some 50-100 year old records I would never part with. Typewritters, old cameras, etc.
think of people with collections of weird things, its kind of commonplace xD


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Re: Strange Habit - September 15th 2012, 07:55 PM

Okay, that makes sense, some of the stuff I keep is just junk though. So I shouldn't be worried? :P
   
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Re: Strange Habit - September 15th 2012, 08:27 PM

As long as you don't feel compelled to dumpster dive for the odd hidden "treasure" I wouldn't worry


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Re: Strange Habit - September 16th 2012, 07:46 AM

Some people do hoard things. It can be a compulsive thing, where you can't get rid of them even if you tried. On a low level, it isn't really a problem, unless there are emotional reasons, like attachment issues, that lead you to hold on to inanimate objects. If you think that it's masking other feelings, that it's a coping mechanism, I'd recommend that you try talking to someone about it.

Sometimes it gets really bad though, and that's when you have people living in houses so full of old things, boxes, rubbish, broken things, that they don't even have space to move. That's when it has got out of hand and is controlling your whole life. There's nothing wrong with hanging on to a few old things, but if you feel like you're running out of space, or you want to get rid of them but can't, or you're making sacrifices so that you can keep these things, or they are dirty/moldy/dangerous, then I'd recommend getting a friend or family member to help you have a clear out.


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Re: Strange Habit - September 16th 2012, 08:08 AM

It's not strange, I know a lot of people who do this type of thing, I call them collectors. I used to get someone to drive me around to all the barage sales and collect someone elses shit. I always say: 'what is one person's rubbish is anothers treasure'.

Don't worry about it, but if you start to get OCD about it I'd probably suggest you talk to someone.

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