Covid-19 Panic – Why Are We Hoarding?

why are we hoarding

Hoarding is a behavioral pattern where a person is unable or unwilling to discard possessions regardless of their value. They accumulate a large number of possessions that often fill up or clutter active living areas of the home or workplace to the extent that their intended use is no longer possible.

When the news of the Covid-19 outbreak emerged we heard several instances of people hoarding toilet paper, sanitizers and masks. This kind of hoarding behavior is a response to the anxiety that coronavirus has caused.  We don’t know till when we would have to stay in isolation resulting in mass hoarding. It gives us a sense of control in uncertain times.

Not knowing when things might get better or take a turn for the worse can be terrifying and the rising statistics, death tolls only induce more fear. Hoarding makes people feel secure. This is especially relevant when the world is faced with a novel disease over which we have little or no control. The problem comes when this goes beyond good planning and feeds irrational behavior. That causes shortages for everyone else.

Some common thoughts due to which hoarding occurs

– I might need it later
– What if I am unable to purchase this later or the store runs out of it

We can deal with hoarding by:

#Set rules– If I haven’t used this in the past 3 months, I will discard it.

#Organizing items in order to differentiate what to discard and keep- Do I use this on a daily basis?

#Keep, Donate and DIscard- Segregate the items into these three piles. Temporarily giving away items to another person from the Donate pile

#Rearranging the clutter to make the space functional- Enlist the help of someone if you are struggling to make a decision and declutter with them

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