Many of us humans in our modern society tend to accumulate far too much stuff. There are a number of reasons we do this (desire, wants, jealousy, status, because we were raised that way). Some of us choose a different path at some point, and decide to make an effort to declutter and live with less stuff. Again, for any of several reasons (fed up with the mess, financial reasons, moving, or a desire for change.)
A small percentage of people that choose this new life path can become obsessed with decluttering. I’m not sure how many people are affect by obsessive decluttering, but I suspect it less than those on the opposite end of the scale (hoarding).
My feeling on this is that it’s more of a problem if you continue to buy a large number of things. This gets you into a cycle of buy and purge. If you aren’t buying, you can only continue to declutter until everything is gone.
If you feel like you are becoming obsessive about decluttering, then this article on Today might help. Kondo crazed? 5 tips for when decluttering becomes an OCD
My feeling is that this article is posted for the contrarian factor, appealing to those who want an excuse not to declutter. Even so, it could be helpful you feel like you are going to far with your decluttering.
In my mind, taking decluttering to0 far includes:
- Decluttering things that aren’t yours without asking the owners.
- Buying more stuff right after you declutter.
- Never being satisfied after decluttering / not feeling pleased after decluttering.
If you feel like you are going overboard with decluttering, or if you are stuck on a buy and purge cycle, then it’s best if you seek help from a license mental health professional.