Over the last half century, Americans began a collection: stuff. We collect everything. Our dresser drawers overflow, our closets bulge, and our garages hold cardboard boxes rather than family sedans. How did this happen? How do we put the brakes on it?
Hoarding is a mental illness that affects many people. Hoarders obsess over their stuff and are compelled to collect more, resulting in a hoarder house. Many hoarders turn to storage units at storage facilities to store even more items. Storage.com looks at hoarding in this infographic entitled, “How Do You Stack Up to a Hoarder?”
You’ve probably seen the Hoarders, the television show documenting people living in deplorable conditions they created themselves. Extreme cases of 5-year old yogurt and cat carcasses aside, compulsive hoarding — purchasing, acquiring, searching out and saving items of no real value — is a clinically recognized disorder. It’s estimated that 2-5 percent or 5-15 million Americans meet the criteria for being hoarders.