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Hoarders

Do you find it hard to get rid of items you have acquired over the years? Do you hang onto the most useless items because they have sentimental value, or because you got them at a good bargain? Your house may be crammed full to the rafters and so cluttered; you can barely move your feet, but you hang onto your possessions for dear life and guard them very jealously! The following findings may make for an interesting read for some of you.

Definition:

Hoarding is described as the persistent difficulty to get rid of or part with possessions, irrespective of their actual value.

It is common for hoarders to hang onto piles of newspapers, magazines, paper, plastic bags, photos, food and clothing; among others. They may also collect too much of what they cherish like vinyl records, cd’s, DVD’s and sticker books.

Often they believe they will be able to use the items in the future, or they feel attached to them. They may even feel that they got items for too big a bargain to throw away. We often dismiss hoarders as messy people who don’t appreciate hygiene. However, there may be more to it than that; because hoarding has been associated with serious obsessive compulsive disorders. It can be very distressing for suffers as well as those around them.

CAUSES

- The inability to resist a bargain, leading to compulsive buying

- Collecting anything that comes free (for instance flyers), even if they don’t need it

- Hanging onto what they regard as special, even if it doesn’t seem as such to others

I personally hate clutter and get rid of excess items I have in the house every so often. I feel that if there’s too much stuff in the house, I can’t clean properly. In my opinion, a cluttered house never looks tidy. But having said that, I feel sorry for the people who find themselves caught up in the nasty vicious cycle of hoarding. I can sort of understand why it must be hard for them to break the cycle, especially without proper medical attention.

What’re your thoughts on hoarding?


Image Credit » http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoarding_living_room.jpg Image by Shaddwulf

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Jay_Angel wrote on February 4, 2015, 4:32 PM

I have known a few hoarders. It made me nervous to see how they lived.

JeanC wrote on February 4, 2015, 4:47 PM

I have run into a few hoarders and they are worrisome. I had one lady on my paper route who had boxes and stacks of newspaper stacked to the ceiling with paths in between. Now I am a pack rat, but luckily have never gotten to hoarder status and have been slowly jettisoning things over the course of the year. I have another good sized load of stuff to take to the Hope Center this weekend.

Kasman wrote on February 4, 2015, 5:49 PM

Lushlala - I would never allow my home to become as cluttered as the one in the photo and I can't understand anyone who would. By the way your image credit doesn't lead anywhere. This is the correct one:

http :// commons . wikimedia . org / wiki / File : Hoarding _ living _ room . jpg The image is by Shaddwulf and is licensed under the CC BY 3.0 Unported.

You need to read MaeLou 's post on proper image accreditation - it is very important on this site. Go here: http :// www . personapaper . com / article / 19584 - appropriate - image - credits Failure to properly credit images could result in you not being paid.

Last Edited: February 4, 2015, 6:14 PM

SoundNFury wrote on February 4, 2015, 9:17 PM

I have seen the show about this on television a few times. It's really sad and disturbing how these people live.

johnmariow wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:21 AM

Some people buy today because they fear not having the funds to buy tomorrow. A good example is groceries. Some people stack up their favorite meats and snacks. Beyond that, not all hoarders are messy. I've been in homes wherein the owner had lots of stuff, but the stuff was placed so neatly that the room did not feel cluttered at all.

Some people forget what they bought or misplaced it, and they go out to buy it again.

Lushlala wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:13 AM

Hey Kasman...Thanks a lot for the heads up! I thought what I did sufficed. Oh well, we learn something every day right? I've now put it right, I hope :) Thanks again.

I too can't get my head around hoarding, it's obviously more complex than we all think. We just see it as people being messy, when really there's so much more to it :(

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Lushlala wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:35 AM

It really is sad to see!

Lushlala wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:47 AM

Yes, it did occur to me that sometimes hoarding is borne out of the fear of being without in the future. Maybe some of these hoarders have been in a situation where they couldn't afford much and never want to find themselves there again. I have seen a few hoarders' homes and often think some of the stuff they have amounts to rubbish, but of course this is valuable stuff to them.

Madcanman wrote on February 5, 2015, 5:29 AM

I grew up surrounded by hoarding, and took on the characteristics myself. I was fortunate that my wife was able to teach me the reverse, and now we live a very minimalistic lifestyle. It was tough, at first, to let go of all those books, magazines, records, newspapers, clippings, etc., but I'm glad I was able to do it.