davidd (davidd) wrote,

Am I a Hoarder?

A list of "compulsive hoarding" symptoms from Wikipedia:

A few symptoms hoarders might experience are:
1. They tend to hold onto a large number of items that most people would consider not useful or valuable. For example:

Junk mail -- NO
Old catalogues and newspapers -- NO
Things that might be useful for making crafts -- YES
Clothes that "might" be worn one day -- NO... well, not to any significant extent
Broken things/trash -- NO... YES... depends on the definition of, and who is defining, "trash".
"Freebies" or other promotional products picked up -- NO

2. The home is so cluttered that many parts are inaccessible and can no longer be used for intended purpose. For example:

Beds that cannot be slept in -- NO
Kitchens that cannot be used for food preparation, refrigerators filled to the brim with rotting food, stovetops with combustibles such as junk mail as well as old food piled on top of burners. -- NO
Tables that cannot be used for dining -- NO
Chairs or sofas that cannot be used -- YES
Filthy unsanitary bathrooms; piles of human feces collected in areas of the home, sometimes there are animal feces over the floors of the home, giant bags of dirty diapers hoarded for many years. -- NO! GAG! THAT'S MESSED UP!
Tubs, showers, and sinks filled with items such that they can not be used for washing or bathing. Hoarders would thus possibly forgo bathing. -- NO!
Some hoard animals they cannot even marginally care for; often dead pets cannibalized by other pets are found under the heaps. -- NO

3. The clutter and mess is so bad it causes illness, distress, and impairment. For example, they:

Do not allow visitors such as family and friends, or repair and maintenance professionals because the clutter embarrasses them. -- NO
Keep the shades drawn so no one can see inside -- NO
Get into a lot of arguments with family members about the clutter -- NO
Are at risk of fire, falling, infestation or eviction -- NO
Feel depressed or anxious much of the time because of the clutter -- YES
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Only one YES in each category. That's not so bad, is it? IS IT?!?
Tags: clutter, hoarding

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