I grew up with a father that was an alcoholic. Both sides of my family have had some major problems with addiction. I find studying addiction and behavioral patterns fascinating, and I always love hearing about what helps people break their addictions, no matter how big or small they are. While most people think of addictions as being something that involves a substance (alcohol, drugs, food), addictions can also be to thoughts or to behaviors. Shopping, TV, gaming, social media, working, gambling, sex, and exercise are all examples of other types of addictions. People can be addicted to other people’s problems (co-dependency). They can also be addicted to their own problems, and live in a state of perpetual victimhood.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of addiction is:
In studying addiction, one of the things that’s been most helpful to me is to understand all of the benefits that addictions have to offer. Having a cluttered and disorganized home can also be an addiction, although of course, it’s not always a full-blown addiction. Sometimes it’s just more convenient to have a messy home, because of all the benefits it has to offer. What are the benefits of having a messy home you ask??
Inspired by a section of Marilyn Paul’s book, “It’s Hard To Make A Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys”:
If you have a cluttered home, take some time to make a list of all the benefits that the clutter has to offer. Instead of berating yourself for all the clutter, try to have some compassion for all of these great solutions your brain has thought of to provide you with all of these benefits. Thank these parts of yourself that have worked so hard to help you feel loved, to feel safe, and to belong. Notice how the universe is on your side, and how things are happening for you.
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By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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