I have a little anecdote I’d like to share, which provides a great way of spotting hoarders. A friend of mine moved recently. When they were packing up the garage, she came across a box marked “kitchen stuff” unopened from the previous move about 6 years ago. She knew there were no family heirlooms in there, they were all accounted for. She figured that if she hadn’t opened this box in 6 years, there was either nothing important in there, or it had been replaced. So she took it, still unopened, to the Salvos.
Now, if you tell this story to a non-hoarder, they’ll nod and say “yep, I’d do that.” An acknowledged hoarder will admit they’d have to go through it, but would probably get rid of most of it. An unacknowledged hoarder will react with absolute horror at the thought they might be getting rid of something important and insist my friend was a lunatic.
Me? I fall into the “acknowledged hoarder” category. I’m a-working on it, though.
What do you think? Is this a test you could use yourself? Or do you have other ways of deciding if you’re a hoarder or not? I’d love to hear!