There is a lot to understand about hoarding and those who compulsively acquire and keep all manner of things.

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Although your hoarding behavior may have cost you a great deal – relationships, careers, finances – it does not have to define who you are becoming. Contact Lynne

I have worked with people who hoard for more than twelve years and this is what I know to be true:

  • Hoarding behavior is complex and often results in a living situation that is unsafe and unhealthy but not always uncomfortable for the individual who hoards.
  • It is much more painful to decide to discard items than to live among them.
  • There must be a compelling intrinsic reason to make the long-term effort to change acquiring and hoarding behaviors worthwhile.
  • It takes time to effect change that will last.

Hoarding disorder is not the same as chronic disorganization.
Read more about the distinctions between chronic disorganization and hoarding here.