For some preppers, the line between stocking up and hoarding can get a bit blurry. To the uninitiated, having ten cases of toilet paper socked away in a spare bedroom might sound excessive, yet to a fellow prepper it seems like common sense.
Preppers tend to abhor throwing away anything that might be useful down the road. After all, we can’t ever really know what we’ll need and what we won’t, right? Coupled to that is the fact that many survivalists are pretty darn creative people and we can frequently envision all sorts of ways to use what others might just call junk.
However, we do run the risk of just plain having too much stuff. This can lead to genuine safety issues. If you have so much stuff that you can’t easily move from one room to another, let alone evacuate the house quickly if there were a fire, that’s a problem.
If you’ve purchased items simply because while you know you have three of them already you can’t find any of them, that’s a problem.
If you go to start a project and it takes you so long to gather all the materials from various locations around the house and garage you lose all ambition to actually do the project, that’s a problem.
If you know you used to own a cat, but haven’t seen him since he ventured into the spare room a few weeks ago, that’s a problem.
If you qualify for any of the above, you’ve probably crossed over from prepper into hoarder. While it will seem daunting at first, for your own sanity and well being, make it a priority to start scaling down the possessions. Start small, if need be just with one shelf or even one box. Get rid of the stuff that is doing you no good right now or has no intrinsic or sentimental value. Make a rule that you cannot purchase anything else until you’ve gotten rid of x amount of stuff.
While it won’t be an easy task by any measure, you’ll appreciate the end result.