What is hoarding, and how does it differ from collecting?

Two behaviors characterize hoarding: acquiring too many possessions and difficulty discarding or getting rid of them when they are no longer useful or needed.

When these behaviors lead to enough clutter and disorganization to disrupt or threaten a person’s health or safety, or they lead to significant distress, then hoarding becomes a “disorder." Simply collecting or owning lots of things does not qualify as hoarding.

A major feature of hoarding is the large amount of disorganized clutter that creates chaos in the home.  Such as:

  • Rooms can no longer be used as they were intended
  • Moving through the home is difficult
  • Exits are blocked

Collectors typically keep their possessions well-organized, and each item differs from other items to form an interesting and often valuable collection. Further, an important purpose of collecting is to display the special items to others who appreciate them. People who hoard are seldom able to accomplish such goals.

At Urge To Purge, our core business is engineered around decluttering client's homes and helping them reclaim their space.  UTP is aware that every client is different and has unique needs and we construct a game plan around those needs. Whether you need a single room decluttered, your home office, or your entire house we have the staff, the knowledge, and the solutions to complete this project from start to finish. We will work with you to develop a game plan and then UTP will put it into motion. From removal of unwanted furniture, clothing, and junk, your home will be restored and given back to you.