Hoarding is now officially recognized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Since it is pretty new in the book, you might not know that you have it already. If you know someone or you are someone who display the following signs, then make sure to seek professional help.
(10) Your furniture is useless
Why? Because they have turned into storage! For example, the floors are full of boxes that you can’t walk on them anymore. Your couch has books and piles of papers.
(9) Your “collection” is dirty
If it is a collection, then it should be properly taken care of and neat. Otherwise, it is not called collecting, it is called hoarding. Some of your valuables are probably not in good condition and are already damaged.
(8) You cannot throw anything away
Fine, everything in your house is proof of your hard work. However, there is a difference when you can’t even throw away useless or destroyed things. You feel a certain sense of anxiety whenever you throw some stuff out.
(7) You are embarrassed of your possessions
Collectors are usually proud of their collections. You, on the other hand, are embarrassed to let anyone in your house because it is just such a mess and it is not a nice view at all.
(6) You are a bargain addict
Hoarders are unable to pass up a good bargain. For example, you see a garage sale right across the street and you end up buying stuff that you already have just because they are sold for a great deal.
(5) Your house starts to smell bad
Accumulated dust and dirt will eventually smell bad. If you don’t clean them, stuff will even start to accumulate molds. However, you still can’t find the strength to throw anything out. This sign can have adverse effects to your health and even the health of the family.
(4) Your living space is not ideal to live in
Hoarders do not notice the bad effects of the disorder until they see that they are unable to use the places in their home for their purposes. For example, they need your kitchen sink is a mess because you are unable to take care of the mess anymore.
(3) You think people will get your stuff
You have this weird feeling that people will go through your stuff and start taking them or throwing them away. This is one of your greatest fears.
(2) You can’t last a long time without adding something to your hoard
In contrary to collecting, you end up buying stuff every now and then just so you can add up to the pile of mess you already have. Ask yourself, do you really use them? Are you able to take care of them?
(1) You are overwhelmed more than overjoyed
When you look at your stuff, do you feel happy or do you feel worried? It is indeed very overwhelming to look at so many stuff around that you are unable to organize or fix, let alone throw away. This feeling will not go away and will become worse as the time passes by.