HoardingThere is a difference between not being organized or having clutter and hoarding.
The hoarder collects or keeps a lot of items which the common person would think was useless or of no value. Beyond a collector, which usually displays his collection in an organized manner, the hoarder usually just stores the items in boxes or bins.
Often they have a hard time refusing free items or a passing up good bargains which build up over time and their living space becomes cluttered. It can be so severe as to have just a walking path through the living area.
Of the general population about 1 in 50 could be considered hoarders; but the practice often begins or worsens after a loss, death or devastating event. This ends up effecting their whole lives.
Some people have a hard time overcoming the hoarding because the fear of getting rid of things and the experience of great joy in the acquisition of new items.
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