Disposophobia: The Fear of Getting Rid of Junk

By Cie Ann Scott, Ph.D.

Is your home so full of “stuff” you don’t have room for a new thought? If you can’t park in your garage,
keep collections of magazines, or clutter your closets with clothes you haven’t worn in 5 years, you
could be suffering. Mini-storage owners that sell the belongings of those who stop paying their
storage bills say that most of the contents are worthless. Books and magazines turn old and yellow
and the glue dries and cracks. These owners say that auctioning the contents of the storage units is
a burden. Pack rats that can’t part with their old possessions are often the same people who don’t
pay. Disorganization, irresponsibility, and ‘pack-ratting tend to go hand in hand. Stress is caused by
lack of space. Consider New York City; it’s a pressure-cooker for stress-induced anger. It is
psychologically proven that having stacks and papers around the office is debilitating and hindering
on creativity and productivity. Is this a habit that anyone can afford? Assigning importance to
information that continues to stack up proves to be worthless when it isn’t used in a productive
manner. If nothing is done with current information, in a changing world, how will this info be useful
in the future? Use it or lose it! Collecting National Geographics will never be a profitable venture.
Saving old clothing is also a fire hazard. A hefty donation to the Salvation Army or Goodwill lifts a
cloud of confusion. This act absolutely facilitates space for creativity and allows space for new and
useful items. If your closet is completely packed with clothes and shoes, how can a fabulous outfit be
assembled when the contents can’t be seen? When we are lost while driving, we instinctually turn
down the radio because the sound is cluttering our heads and has a confusing effect. This is also
true with material clutter. In Physics we say, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” If you want to attract exciting
and valuable possessions, create space for them and see what happens. Recommended reading
for the Prosperity Law of Receiving includes Catherine Ponder’s book, Secret of Unlimited Prosperity.
Secretly, savers and packrats wish for abundance and prosperity, so why not donate all other books
and prescribe to true prosperity? Giving is its own reward and receiving is a result in this “give and
take world.” Is a junk collector living a prosperous life or a pathetic mess? Redd Fox’s 1970’s sit-
com was funny because his existence was so pathetic. How can one find happiness when he is
constantly stumbling over trash and useless items? One-on-one coaching or hypnotherapy may also
be helpful in overcoming his behavior. True prosperity is available to all who sincerely strive for
successful living.