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Hoarding ?

Posted by Sue on May 11, 2007  

Hoarding in the Encarta Dictionary: To collect and store, often secretly, a large quantity of something such as food or money for use in the future.

You may have read some of the studies on hoarding. Psychology Professor Randy Frost at Smith College has recently been recognized as a pioneer in the subject.

Sometime soon I hope to read his book Buried in Treasures. An article on Frost’s work refers to the website with mulitple resources. http://www.ocfoundation.org/hoarding/

The closet that’s WAY too full of clothes and still you buy more; dozens of unused tools in the garage. It’s not necessarily full blown “hoarding” but there’s an element of hoarding in that…especially if you don’t want anyone to know you’ve brought in that one more thing.

Do you or anyone you know have a tendency to hoard? What is the difference between hoarding and keeping stuff? At what point does it become a problem?

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