I Am a Hoarder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 380 People

    Don't Toss That!

    I'm a bit of a hoarder.  It hasn't gotten out of control... yet.  I really believe that, in my case, it's learned behavior.  My family has a tendency to give me things that I don't need and has done so since I was a kid.  I'll be 25 in about a week, and my...
    najakaouthia najakaouthia
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 5, 2010

    I Am A Hoarder And I Want Help

    I am a hoarder and I want help.  I was evicted this past year due to a water leak and I had to let the landlord in.  When he saw my clutter he gave me 30 days to move.  It was horrific!  I went 3 months homeless because he asked me to move during the holidays and landlords...
    jennifer112060 jennifer112060
    46-50, F
    1 Response May 31, 2012

    I Hate Throwing Things Away

    I have books that I may want to read again later, clothes that are either too big or too small that may come in handy should I gain/lose weight, CD's that I haven't listened to in years. You name it.
    butterflygirl09 butterflygirl09
    26-30, F
    12 Responses Sep 22, 2009

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    Annabelle2020 Annabelle2020
    Sep 9, 2013

    Starting to De-clutter

    I got some car problems so am home from work today and was just sitting here online and thought I should do something with my day......................................So just decided I would sit online but also do so decluttering of my house. So much to do...
    Supagloo Supagloo
    41-45, F
    8 Responses May 21, 2009

    I Am a Hoarder

    I seem to keep a lot of things i just dont need...................................its more along the lines of old tv, computers......................coffee cups that broken.............bills that are years old, any sort of paper work that is related to me...
    Supagloo Supagloo
    41-45, F
    4 Responses May 18, 2009

    I am not a hoarder, but my mother is.

    It has grown to the point that I feel like I have no backup plan if i God forbidding i fall into a slump and cannot afford to live on my own. I'd rather live on the streets than move back in with her. It not only disgusts me, but it makes me miserable knowing that she is so...
    matt9876 matt9876
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Nov 20, 2014

    Maybe A Genetic Predisposition...

    I am a hoarder.When I was small, I had a rough childhood. Social services stepped in more than a few times, and I spent time in foster care, too. Toys were always lost and broken at my moms house. I lived with her, a single parent, with two younger children. My mom was a classic...
    Moonstone3 Moonstone3
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 1, 2011

    I keep things because ive been very poor

    and afraid of needing things & not having it . I really want to have an organized environment but it seems too much junk to have a vision of how things should be. Its springtime & im trying to come out of long depression. Maybe i can improve.
    stufy stufy
    4 Responses May 9, 2014

    Going through all my old stuff brings up

    so many memories. I can't get rid of the stuff because if the memories. I don't need it though.....
    KimTin33 KimTin33
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 27, 2014

    I've always had a hard time throwing things out

    and my family get very annoyed. As a child my gma would throw out my things or give them away without asking because i guess she never could understand how it made me feel. I remember watching a woman walk out of our driveway with one of my toys that she had bought from my gma...
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 6, 2015

    Not excessively. You can still see the majority

    of my floor and walls. I keep small things. I'm nineteen now and just got rid of something I had ever since I was thirteen. I only keep stuff that's easy to be put up. I feel like some things are irreplaceable. They truly are. I won't be able to make beaded necklaces with the...
    ohmyele717 ohmyele717
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 22, 2014


    Hi, everyone, I just joined, have always saved things, 'I could mend it, fix it, use it for...' and collected things, books, CDs, music tapes candle holders, and sort of stockpiled hobby/craft/creative supplies; yarn, fabric, and have way too many clothes. I have been a food...
    Sylkat Sylkat
    2 Responses Aug 14, 2011

    I have a problem in that an item reminds me of

    other items and I need to go into that. For example a red jumper is saved .It is saved for itself in that there are things that it reminded me of and events that happened while I wore it. And I have a bit of a memory scan to see if I can remember. But this red jumper reminds...
    Terrydaly Terrydaly
    51-55, M
    Apr 19, 2014
    jojom543 jojom543
    36-40, F
    Nov 12, 2014

    The Secret To Curing Your Hoarding ....

    The secret to curing your hoarding is recognizing that the issue is mental and changing your way of thinking. I'm 30 years old and I believe I have successfully overcome my hoarding. My hoarding started as a child because my parents really withheld normal things (like clothing...
    Ann333 Ann333
    4 Responses Apr 20, 2011

    With school papers dating from sixth grade.

    I feel I might need them someday so I keep them. Goodness sakes I must be crazy. I even have my living environment book from eight grade. I keep them all wrapped up in four plastic bags neatly. Sixth to twelfth grade. Sheesh.
    FunnyandNerdy FunnyandNerdy
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 20, 2015

    Genetic Hoarding

    It's only been recent that I've discovered the seriousness of Hoarding. I live with my mom at the moment..It's a tight space! We have too much stuff everywhere. I didn't notice how much of a collector we were until I started moving all the time a few years ago... I Have a LOT of...
    PaperbagPrincess PaperbagPrincess
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 9, 2010

    I left for college and my mom decided to get

    rid of these toys I used to play with. She said she assumed I didn't want them, because I didn't take them with me. They were in a closet and I forgot! She previously threatened to get rid if the stuff she thought I didn't need. It gives me huge panic attacks and I'm so agitated...
    KimTin33 KimTin33
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 8, 2014

    I Have Hoarder Tendencies ..............trying To Keep Things From Developing Full Blown.

    I am going to admit that I am not a full blown, floor to ceiling hoarder, but I can see how people get there in life. I have studied psychology and I have read about OCD and hoarding in the past. I never thought much about it until I started watching some of the shows on the...
    Wyll0wd43m0n Wyll0wd43m0n
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 14, 2010

    Hello. I hope you don't mind me contacting

    you. I'm currently working on a documentary series for Channel 4 about extreme shopaholics or "collectaholics" for Firecracker Films. Each episode will feature an individual who has accumulated a lot of belongings over the years being paired with an expert seller who will help...
    saskiafirecracker saskiafirecracker
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 24, 2014

    I am a hoarder when it comes to things

    that mean a lot to me. Such as little things that people might see as a piece of plastic I'll have a reason to keep it. Each thing I have kept has a meaning
    AshtonMorgan AshtonMorgan
    18-21, F
    Dec 6, 2013

    I cannot walk past a skip

    or rubbish bin without looking in it and I rarely return home empty handed each night. I cannot bare to see waste and I am a Freegan too, in which I salvage food from the bins of big supermarkets that is perfectyly fit for human consumption. I also collect clothes and metal...
    scatmandave scatmandave
    31-35, M
    Jan 27, 2014

    My Stuff Is Not Just Stuff

    I am a hoarder, and I have been keeping stuff all my life.  It seems like having all this stuff defines me, well it does it defines me as out of control.  I keep paper for that book I've never written, book for instant reference of things I am not even interested in...
    IkeepStuff IkeepStuff
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Oct 1, 2009

    I'm a mild hoarder. I mostly got magazines

    and soda bottles. I just found out that my grandma is a hoarder too. So that pretty much explain why.
    awayoflife123 awayoflife123
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 24, 2015

    Wow - I thought EP was loaded with Sex stuff.

    But HOARDING has touched a nerve. There are tons of hoarding situations and advice. And I am one of them/us.
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    Nov 7, 2014
    adianoeta adianoeta
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jun 6, 2015

    Underground tube tickets,

    receipts, photos, knick knacks and doodles are usually found in my purse. I like looking back on things and remembering where I got them. I still have this wooden bead that I found at uni in my winter coat and hold it in my hand inside the pocket when wearing it.
    PicassoSan PicassoSan
    26-30, F
    Dec 19, 2013

    Little , Tiny Successes

    Sometimes, when I pick up a box of STUFF, I look thru it and throw away a little bit - maybe 2%. But, it is a success. Every once in a while I pick up a box of STUFF, and keep only 2% - now THAT is a success. A big one. (It has happened - not often - hardly ever...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 22, 2012

    I tend to hoard makeup.

    I am buying all the Mac lipglass.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 2, 2014

    Im overcoming it! Several areas of my life

    have been improving lately due to friends, faith, family and basically love. This is one. You might know that people keep things because of psychological problems. Namely living in the past. I was having trouble letting my kids grow-up. I kept wanting to slow down time or...
    stufy stufy
    Aug 22, 2014

    When i was 6 my life started to suck really bad.

    My friend drowned when i was playing with him and my mom and dad got in a car accident when my mom was pregnant and the baby died and i didnt see my parents for 4 months because i wasnt old enough to go into the part of the hospital they were in. But anyways, me and one of my...
    kate2000 kate2000
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 7, 2014

    I have a hoarding problem .

    Growing up I only had one Barbie as my parents believed I need to earn them through grades.I usually gets hand me down toys .So the moment I got my first devil 's credit card ,I splurged on spa ,clothings and Blythe dolls (see attached pic)I totally know that hoarding is a...
    birdsrestingonabranch birdsrestingonabranch
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 7, 2016

    I'm New Here And......

    Put simply,,,I can't throw anything away.
    soblue soblue
    1 Response Jul 31, 2009


    Last year in August I found out I was pregnant. In September last year I found out I was due in about two months and in October my daughter was born. I am twenty-one and I hold on to EVERYTHING, "just in case". So when everyone found out how far along I was they mentioned I would...
    anotherinnocent anotherinnocent
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 1, 2011

    I am weak. He is focused on decluttering &

    house repairs & giving me a sh!t load of crap to pick up in his wake but im steering clear to avoid fighting him because of the way he does things and the mess he is making worse but i know it needs to be done. But im also an emo basket case. Hes throwing away so much 'stuff...
    stufy stufy
    Aug 19, 2014

    Research Study

      I am emailing you regarding a research study aimed at better understanding hoarding disorder. I was hoping you might have a few minutes to take this short survey. This study is the first in a series of studies understanding stress in hoarding. This first step is getting...
    GraduateStudent GraduateStudent
    26-30, F
    Nov 29, 2013

    I like to keep things

    that I get. Then, when I'm older, ill remember them fondly! Ill be like: I remember this! This was a good time I had. I even keep old boxes and games and stuff, even if they're broken. I don't like saying goodbye to things.
    Catsticker Catsticker
    16-17, M
    Jan 5, 2014

    I can't throw any object away.

    It contains too much importance. I'll look back at them someday and remember that day because they're a piece of me. My therapist is still trying to get me to let go of my stuff.
    HolidaySpice HolidaySpice
    18-21, F
    Jan 12, 2014

    Hoarders "R" Me

    I am a hoarder. "What does that mean exactly?", you ask. Well, I hoard things...collect things...save things...store things...never throw things out...however you want to put it, I DO it. I have done this since I was a small child. I can remember my mother telling me...
    ThankYouSir ThankYouSir
    41-45, F
    15 Responses Feb 10, 2009
    raemar85 raemar85
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jun 28, 2014

    Made i big dent in the clutter yesterday.

    Trying to stay on roll. Any other hoarders with me??!! The opportunity for free 2nd hand furniture (good stuff) started a chain reaction of moving junk around to make room, knowing some if it has to go. The husband is pushing me saying 90% should go! Gimme a break! I'm...
    stufy stufy
    5 Responses Jul 12, 2014

    The Worst Hoader Ever I'm Sure

    I am a hoarder. I have always been a hoarder.  The worst thing is that my Dad and I had an agreement that I would live in his condo while paying him rent. I lived there for 16 years and filled it up with garbage. I mean garbage, trash, rubbish. I couldn't clean it up. My Dad...
    mickiflake mickiflake
    46-50, F
    8 Responses Nov 16, 2009

    A Means To An End/Beginning

    Hey there I’ve always taken after my dad when is comes to keeping things and him with his parents I believe. People joke about me being a hoarder but I believe I just enjoy sentiment a little more than others. But I’m used to throwing things away even though I like the idea...
    mosaicrabbit mosaicrabbit
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 16, 2013

    I Want A Life Please

    Hello, I am a hoarder and I have mild ocd and add among other things. I will keep this first response very short but I want out of this mess just SO bad but everything I try just doesn't seem to stick or work at all. I am just so very, very tired...both mentally and physically...
    stuffguy stuffguy
    51-55, M
    Oct 5, 2013

    I'm Scared

    At this point, I don't know what to do. I can barely move around in my house. There is so much stuff that I am now tripping over things. I'm scared and feel very alone. I don't hoard trash... at least not very much. But I do have a lot of stuff: books, clothes, kitchen items...
    DesperateHoarder DesperateHoarder
    51-55, F
    7 Responses Apr 6, 2012

    Mom Is a Hoarder

    I am not a hoarder, but my mother is.I think her hoarding is becoming dad's problem too. Because I moved away at an early age, when I return home for holidays, I am the only one of 5 siblings who actually sees the difference from one year to the next. You can't walk thru my...
    Geckogirl Geckogirl
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Sep 21, 2009

    Story #134 I Have A Secret

    I am a hoarder, by nature. I have a difficult time getting rid of stuff. I occasionally force myself to go through the junk I accumulate and get rid of anything that I haven't used in more than 2 years. And in this way, I keep it down to a dull roar. But, it is inherent in my...
    Serenitree Serenitree
    70+, F
    2 Responses Sep 3, 2011

    I do try to get rid of some junk

    but I end up just replacing it.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616
    1 Response Mar 9, 2015
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