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Signs someone you know might be a Hoarder

Hoarder is not a word most people want used to describe them. Due to media attention to hoarding in recent years, some people are even more sensitive to the very idea that they are like the poor souls shown on TV. There are many reasons a person can become a hoarder like unresolved childhood issues, abandonment issues and inability to cope with grief. If you know someone that might be a hoarder, but are unsure, then read on to learn more about the symptoms.


This means the home is covered in items, literally everywhere you look there is stuff piled. Please note there is a difference between a little bit of clutter and having every inch of available space being covered with things. Usually the floors are covered, counters, furniture, and every other surface in the home. There might be stuff piled on top of other stuff or boxes piled on top of boxes. These stacks can cause a very hazardous situation for anyone trying to move through the home.

*Excessive collections.

There is nothing wrong with having a passion for something and collecting items due to that passion. There is a problem, however, when a person collects items to the point that it controls their lives and how they live them. The other thing about a hoarder’s collections is that they do not necessarily make sense to everyone else. For example they might collect newspapers or disposable plastic cups as well as antique picture frames. The items in these collections might be ruined or broken, but the hoarder still sees the items as valuable and refuses to throw them away.

*Excessive trash accumulation.

Many hoarders have a lot of trash like empty pop bottles, paper plates and empty take out containers but refuse to actually throw them in the garbage outside. It is not a question of being too lazy, there is a reason they do not throw away their garbage and for each hoarder, the reason is different. There may also be an accumulation of trash outside of the home as well.

*No admittance to home.

Many hoarders are ashamed of their home situation and therefore will not allow anyone to enter their home. Some hoarders do not allow people into their homes because they fear someone might steal something from them. The shame is usually the driving force behind not wanting in their homes and this shame can lead to the hoarder becoming very anti-social.

*Severe attachment to belongings.

Hoarders have a very difficult time letting go of any of their items. They often cannot even bear the thought of loaning out any of their items. The extreme attachment to their belongings, in many cases, takes the place of human contact or is like a safety mechanism that they use to shield themselves from unpleasant things.

Hoarding is a very serious disorder and should not be ignored or overlooked. People who hoard can ultimately find themselves in a dangerous living conditions and failing personal health. If you know someone who you think may be a hoarder, contact the proper agency in your area in an effort to try and get that person help.