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(p. 143) Making Decisions About Saving and Discarding 

(p. 143) Making Decisions About Saving and Discarding
(p. 143) Making Decisions About Saving and Discarding

Gail Steketee

and Randy O. Frost

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date: 25 February 2021

Chapter 9 helps facilitate clients’ discarding decisions. After reviewing the role of avoidance and habituation of discomfort, clinicians help clients engage in a thought listing exercise to clarify the thoughts that occur to them during decision-making about whether to keep or discard items. Clinicians help clients list questions to use and establish rules for keeping and discarding to facilitate decision-making. Other strategies include behavioural experiments to test beliefs, and practicing thought listing during in-home practice. Imagined discarding is part of a process of graduated saving and discarding exercises. Potential assistance in cleaning out clutter is discussed.

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