What exactly is clutter? When does clutter become hoarding? There are many different types of clutter and hoarding. There is computer clutter, email clutter, collective hoarding, food hoarding, animal hoarding. Today we are talking about general house clutter and hoarding the lists go on. Here is are the definitions, examples and thoughts about them.
A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: sorted through the clutter in the attic. –The Free Dictionary by Farlex
Do you remember the picture above? Things are strewn about, stuff on tables that shouldn’t be there. Things on the floor that need to be put away, clothes in piles. I realize this picture was one of my re-organize the office pictures but it is a great example of what clutter can look like.
Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia) is the excessive acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them), even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary. Compulsive hoarding impairs mobility and interferes with basic activities, including cooking, cleaning, showering, and sleeping.It is not clear whether compulsive hoarding is an isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. –Wiki Online Dictionary
The picture above is one of the nicer pictures I could find. Only google hoarding if you dare! My stomach was sick after looking at the images for my research today. Hoarding is NOT just a lazy person who does not want to throw things away, hoarding is a mental disorder. It is hard for a hoarder to throw things away. The hoarder typically thinks there is a function or meaning for everything and an importance to it therefore making it hard to throw anything away. They fear that they will get rid of something of value. Hoarding is a very sad and serious situation.
If you think you might be a hoarder then I hope you can reach out and ask someone for help. If you think you are starting the hoarder behavior please find a therapist who can help you. This is not a laughing matter it is very serious. I found a website that you can reach out to if you feel you are struggling with this disorder. http://www.ocfoundation.org/hoarding/
Bug or OCD?
Are you a clutter-bug or do you have a serious problem with obsessive compulsive hoarding? Clutter bugs keep following my journey with the HTCI project. Hoarders PLEASE get help, you can change the behavior and live in harmony and health. God Bless you all!
Found the hoarding picture from http://www.kpatroll.org/2008/04/sop-encountering-hoarding-in-field.html