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.
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.
- 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?
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