1. Just because you can think of a use for an object, doesn't mean you
need to keep it
Dr. David Tolin suggests, "The question to ask yourself is not whether you can use the object, but whether you really will use the object. A good rule of thumb is that if
you haven't used an object in over a year—say, you didn't even know it was there
until you found it on the bottom of a pile—you probably can live without
Hoarding can take years to overcome, says Dr. David Tolin, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital. He offers these tips to those who may be feeling overwhelmed by the task of cleaning their homes.