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I Am a Hoarder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 374 People

    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 46-50, M Oct 5, 2013

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    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.
    scabow scabow 70+, M Nov 7

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    Recovering Hoarder

    I have struggled with hoarding and chronic disorganization my whole life. It once was so bad that a landlord sent in a clean-up crew and I was lucky that no one was called to take my kids. Because of that scare, I force myself to keep my main living areas (kitchen, living room...
    FearfullyExisting FearfullyExisting 31-35, F 1 Response May 11, 2013

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    Hi!

    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 61-65 2 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    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

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    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 26-30, M Jan 27

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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 22

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    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 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    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 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    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...
    scabow scabow 70+, M 1 Response May 22, 2012

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    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

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    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 9 Responses May 21, 2009

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    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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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    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 46-50, F 6 Responses May 9

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    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

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

    Put simply,,,I can't throw anything away.
    soblue soblue 66-70 2 Responses Jul 31, 2009

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    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

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    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

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    jojom543 jojom543 36-40, F Nov 12

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    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 8 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    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.
    Audrina14 Audrina14 16-17, F Jan 12

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    I am guilty of hoarding things,

    but I'm not too bad.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Aug 18

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    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

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    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 13-15, M Jan 5

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    Answers Please

    Am I a hourder?  I am 68 years old and live in a HUD rental that requires an annual inspection.  My landlord does nothing, so I have to do it.;  The inspection is this Tuesday and I am a nervous wreck--which is unusual.  I came from an 8 room house, moved back to my home...
    duckcreek99 duckcreek99 66-70 3 Responses Jun 4, 2011

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    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 3 Responses Sep 3, 2011

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    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

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    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 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    I Hoard My Dogs Hair

    I keep everything from my dog. When she has a haircut, I keep the hair (I wash it first with a delightfully scented fabric softener). She has had teeth removed, they are in a jar. There is a benign tumour in a jar in the back of my freezer. I draw the line at toenails though...
    melbsmog melbsmog 26-30, F Sep 1, 2013

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    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 16-17, F Dec 6, 2013

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    Uh.. Yeah.. Hi

    Hi everyone, this is a little secret about me and I'm a hoarder, but also a pack-rat cause I keep it clean and organised. But I collect unnecessary stuff! The thing is my family doesn't care cause almost every person in my family is a pack-rat or a hoarder, and I just want to...
    Alycia2000 Alycia2000 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    "nesting"

    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 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 1, 2011

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    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

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    Unfortunately, I am. So this coming weekend I

    have to spend time cleaning out every room with my stuff in it. I don't want to get rid of anything. I love all of my stuff. I worked hard to get everything I own. Why do I have to get rid of all of my stuff? I already told Tasha that I would organize everything but she thinks I...
    ThereIsNoName ThereIsNoName 31-35, F May 1

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    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 22-25, F Dec 19, 2013

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    Annabelle2020 Annabelle2020 26-30 1 Response Sep 9, 2013

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    I cant wait for trash day.

    Sh!ts outta, here bye bye
    Stufy Stufy 46-50, F Nov 12

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    Dvd Lord Is A Hoarder!

    Hello this is DVD LORD(SKUNK) here I hoard lots of things blank media dvd 100 unopened spindles of Discs I have 144,Happy Meals,Comic Books,E-mails from my friends old magazines,news papers,Hot Sauce Packets from Taco Bell,plastic sandwhich bags,coins,rubber bands,cereal boxes...
    DVDLORD DVDLORD 41-45, M 3 Responses Oct 22, 2011

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    New Hoarder

    Have no family. Insecurity makes me hoard. Lost mum and dad. No parental loft or financial fall back so hoard momentous and payslips to hold on to to prove my worth and have security
    Brentt72 Brentt72 36-40 May 8, 2012

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    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 46-50, F Aug 19

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    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 46-50, M Apr 19

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    raemar85 raemar85 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 28

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    Are You A Compulsive Hoarder?

    Do you suffer from compulsive hoarding? Do your hoarded items take up most the room in your house? Has it begun to affect your life and your relationships? If so, a British TV production company are looking to speak to people in the US and UK, about a new documentary that will...
    katewilson27 katewilson27 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 2, 2013

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    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

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    I tend to hoard makeup.

    I am buying all the Mac lipglass.
    bombchu bombchu 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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    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 hoar