Visiting the home of a hoarder is a very sensory rich experience. Watching one of the hoarders programs on television does not do it justice. Visually, the sheer amount of clutter strewn throughout the living space is quite unbelievable. Then there’s the smell. A smell that comes from years of collecting garbage creates an undeniable stench.
Characteristics of a hoarder
It has actually been nice to have a television show dedicated to exposing this condition; make no mistake about it, hoarding is a mental illness. There are different types of hoarders, the packrat, the collector, and the all out hoarder. It boils down to the essentially same characteristics. They have an intense emotional attachment to the things they collect. Others around them may see the things as trivial, but not the hoarder. Another characteristic is that hoarders see the items they collect as one day being very useful.
How do you stack up? Is there a chance that you are a hoarder, or maybe someone in your life is is a hoarder? This infographic will give you a good idea as to how you “stack up”?
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