How To Tell If You’re A Hoarder Or A Collector

If you haven’t seen the TV show Hoarders, it’s about people with pathological hoarding habits that have turned their homes into a nightmarish mess. But not everyone who has a lot of things is a hoarder.

The Difference Between Hoarding and Collecting

If you are getting to the point where you aren’t sure whether you’ve become a hoarder or a collector, this should provide some clarity:


One of the tell-tale signs that professional psychologists look for when diagnosing hoarders is their inability to get rid of anything around their home without experiencing intense anxiety. If you find yourself with an attachment to things around your home that are not useful, it wouldn’t take much for you to cross the line from collector to a hoarder — if you haven’t already.

Your Stuff Owns You

Hoarding will consume your life. While there are certainly collectors out there who are dedicated to what they collect and may even have substantial space around their home for their hobby (figurines, dolls, throw pillows, etc.), hoarders take this to a another level. Many hoarders find themselves unable to function (both physically and mentally) because the burden of hoarding has consumed their lives.

A hoarder often has no space to physically move around in their home, and the extreme amounts of clutter produce a psychological effect where it makes it hard to even live a normal and fulfilling life. This is because most hoarders fear people will find out about their habit.

The items you keep

Well all spend too much sometimes. Hoarding, on the other hand, often involves accumulating items with little to no value. The point is not to collect, but simply to keep and that can mean anything from newspapers to discarded food packaging, some even hoard pets.

Hoarding is not a pretty sight. If you think you might have a problem with hoarding, seek professional help.

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