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Clutter Vs. Hoarding

Can you tell the difference?

You've seen the television reality shows that attempt to clean out homes buried in junk that's been accumulating for years. The garage is so full there's no way a car could fit, the shower has become another closet space, pets are taking over, and it's like walking through a maze to get from room to room. When the show ends, you look around your own home and see the piles of papers, the mountains of laundry, and the stacks of dirty dishes and wonder if you’re a hoarder, too. You may be one of the worst housekeepers around, but chances are you're more prone to clutter than hoarding.

Here's how to tell the difference.

At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived. - Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Hoarding

A few years ago, hoarding was recognized as a separate form of mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, or dementia. A lot of messy people self-diagnose themselves as hoarders, but only a small percentage (between one and five percent) of the population truly fits the criteria of this serious psychological condition. People who hoard aren't able to think rationally about what stuff is useful and what is junk. They save trash and expired food on purpose and don't seem to notice when their home becomes dangerous or unsanitary. Hoarders feel compelled to collect random junk that gets in the way of cooking, sleeping, cleaning, and moving around. Three out of four hoarders have an addiction to shopping and half accumulate free items. Throwing things away causes feelings of loss and pain because hoarders find their identity and security in stuff.

In many cases, hoarders are oblivious to their condition, all the while thinking everything is normal and nothing is wrong. Over the years, as stuff piles up, hoarding interferes more and more with the hoarder’s quality of life, marriage, and family relationships.

There are five levels of hoarding ranging from mild to severe, which are characterized by the home structure and zoning, rodent and pet conditions, household functions, and sanitation. The more severe cases require professional intervention, psychological counseling, and medication.

Clutter

Have a super messy house but know it and don't like it? Then you probably just have a problem with clutter. Someone who clings to clutter has an emotional attachment to stuff but is able to throw away garbage. A cluttered house can still be lived in and rooms used as intended. A cluttered house to one person may just be a comfortable, lived-in house to someone else. Meaning, what's clutter to one person may be shelves of collectibles to another.

Rather than have a psychological disorder, clutterers tend to have mild depression, a low self-esteem, trouble making decisions, and a fear of loss. Some are just too busy, lazy, or unmotivated to keep a tidy home.

On the Brink

Everybody has stuff. Some just have more than others. So when does clutter change into hoarding? When does affection for possessions turn into an obsession? The easy answer for both questions is that this occurs when the clutter starts affecting your quality of life.

As clutter begins to take over, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do your possessions keep you from enjoying guests to your home?
  • Are your spending habits harming your bank account?
  • Do you buy things you already own but can't find?
  • Is your clutter hurting valuable relationships?
  • Do you have to walk through trails in your own home?
  • Are there times you feel overwhelmed and out of control when you see your clutter?

A positive answer to any of these questions may indicate you're heading toward the hoarding end of the spectrum and it may be time to seek professional help with organizational skills or an underlying psychological condition.