Are you a hoarder?

Do you describe yourself as a hoarder?  “I’m a hoarder” can mean a wide range of things from a harmless bit of collecting to a full-blown compulsive mental health problem that can cause serious health and safety issues.

The problem with self assessment is that we often don’t have the correct tools to make the assessment.  Luckily, there is a great tool I can share with you!

If you feel your belongings are causing you problems, I strongly encourage you to take this test.  It’s from the book:  Buried in Treasures by experts David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee.  Buried in Treasures outlines a scientifically-based and effective self-help program for helping compulsive hoarders dig their way out of the clutter and chaos.  It’s a practical work book offering plenty of guidance and tips on how to create change.  The quiz will help determine your:

  • Clutter score
  • Difficulty Discarding score
  • Acquiring score.

You might also like to check out the warning signs and some possible treatments.

You can find the book at

Also, check out this fascinating series “Hoarders” from the A&E Network (USA).


3 responses to “Are you a hoarder?

  1. My dear departed SO was a hoarder, and left me with his hoardings (is that a word?)

    Due to that cleanup process, I have now become the opposite of a hoarder – I want things out of the house, clear spaces, room in cupboards, empty drawers and shelves, room to walk around.

    And I have virtually stopped picking up freebies like pamphlets, stickers, balloons, toys, etc. (although I still pick up pens and fridge magnets – former is useful, later I collect – am allowed one collection 🙂 Its only stuff to toss out again later.

    Books are my sticking point at the moment – I want to read them, and yet still have too many. Am slowly working my way through them, especially novels – no need to keep stuff you have read, but I need to find more time to read them.

  2. Wow – Kim, I love your story. Inheriting hoardings (i like the word) could have been a burden, but I suspect it’s liberated you.

    I love that you don’t collect the phamplets now… fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Oh Kim, I can definitely sumpathise! Both my Mam’s parents were diagnosed with dementia a few years ago and Mam and Dad put an extension on our house so they could come and live with us (my parents are amazing!). I thought buying my grandparents house would be a good idea, small house – big yard, just what I wanted. My grandparents moved out last November and I have only just moved in, there was a lot of work that needed to be done (and still is) but I am still inundated with my grandparents things!

    As they are still alive, they own the stuff and I don’t feel right throwing much. Although the 4 old shower curtains, 3 old pairs of my grandads bathers and the 150+ bread tags I didn’t hesitate to throw. I have admittedly found some treasures though, my favourite being my granmothers wartime cookbook from before they were married, the first page telling you ‘how to save your dinner in an air-raid’! I also found $1300 cash and 180 british pounds. My grandparents are both in their 80’s and have been married over 60 years and the stuff they have gathered in that time is phenomenal… I haven’t even started on my grandads shed yet. Currently all the house items I don’t want are being packed into boxes and moved into my old bedroom at my parents house (although I still have a lot of stuff there at the moment) and Mam will sort through them bit by bit. Definitely not the best way to organise but it will have to do for now.

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