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My name is Alice and I am a Commodity Consultant for MOCC.
I use to be a hoarder. Magazines, post (yes, both Junk Mail and bills), clothes. You name it, I kept it. Why chuck anything away when there may be a use for it in the future?
It took moving out to university and living in a very small room to realise that a clutter free life is much easier to manage. Now my hoarding is limited to birthday cards and tickets for shows I have seen.
More generally, hoarding is highly prevalent with approximately 2-5% of the population are considered hoarders (potentially over 1.2 million people in the UK alone)
Source: Hoarding Disorder: What it is, and what it is not.
Interestingly extreme hoarding is classified as a disorder:
"A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner. The items can be of little or no monetary value and usually result in unmanageable amounts of clutter.
It's considered to be a significant problem if:
the amount of clutter interferes with everyday living – for example, the person is unable to use their kitchen or bathroom and cannot access rooms
the clutter is causing significant distress or negatively affecting the person's quality of life or their family's – for example, they become upset if someone tries to clear the clutter and their relationships with others suffer”
Source: Hoarding Disorder
What do you like to hoard?