Read them and weep:
Your collections ARE likely to be a hoarding or collecting disorder if any of the following are true.
- You aren’t able to use some of the spaces or furniture in your home for their intended purposes. For example: if your floors have become storage, and you can’t easily walk on them or you can’t use your kitchen to cook because all the “collections” are in the way.
- You aren’t able to keep your collections clean and in good condition.
- You aren’t able to store and/or display your collections in such a way that no harm comes to them.
- The “collections” are often in your way and keep you from doing things you really want to do.
- You can’t stop collecting, and feel like you “have” to – even if the collecting is putting you in debt, or keeping you from having other things in life that you want – like being able to have friends visit your home.
- You want to let go of stuff, but can’t. When you try, you get overwhelmed and go distract or soothe yourself in some other way.
- You are embarrassed to call in repair or other service people into your home.
- The collections are starting to control your life and your life is revolving around them.
- You find yourself feeling overwhelmed instead of overjoyed when you really look at your collections.
- You aren’t proud to show your collections to others.