Are You Hoarding?

What is a hoarder?  The dictionary definition of a hoarder is as follows:

Definition of hoarding (Entry 1 of 2)

1a: the practice of collecting or accumulating something (such as money or food)The hoarding and misuse of resources was uncommon even in times of natural disasterb: something that is hoarded — usually pluralInside the net with us was a large brown paper bag, spewing forth the Halloween hoardings of the child in the gorilla suit2

psychology : the compulsion to continually accumulate a variety of items that are often considered useless or worthless by others accompanied by an inability to discard the items without great distress

If you look at the picture that is on the header of this article, you will see a picture of a woman who I photographed in Los Angeles outside of a Costco. She had paper towels and toilet paper in a shopping cart piled higher than she was tall. 

When I returned to Chicago I went to Target, Costco, Dollar Tree, and Jewel and I saw empty shelf after empty shelf. 

What has been your experience with shopping for essentials? Are you a hoarder?  There are several steps from being a hoarder from which you can recover. 

  1. Clean Up Clutter Immediately
  1. Declutter for 15 Minutes Each Day
  1. Throw Away Anything You Haven’t Used in the Past Year
  1. Use the OHIO Rule for Mail and Emails
  1. Request Help From Friends and Family
  1. Seek Treatment

The Recovery Village providers assistance. 

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