20 Signs Someone Is On The Road to Becoming a Hoarder

By Shannon
20 Signs Someone Is On The Road to Becoming a Hoarder

Nearly everyone has seen the TV Show Hoarders and wondered, “how did they get this way?” Most young people would never have imagined themselves growing up to become a hoarder. But after years of tough times in their lives, they find themselves in a situation where they can hardly walk through their own house without tripping over the things they own. Once you become a full-blown hoarder, it is far more difficult to break through to someone and help them live a more normal life.

Years ago, people hoarded because they survived the Great Depression. Today, Millennials have lived through the Great Recession. While our problems may not be the same as everyone who lived in the 1930s, we still have a lot of the same anxieties that our ancestors did. And this can lead us to wanting to hold onto things out of fear that we may need them someday. Here are some of the most common signs that your behavior and lifestyle might eventually lead to you becoming a hoarder when you get older. 

Anxiety can prevent you from making rational decisions. Credit: Shutterstock

20. Anxiety Associated With Getting Rid of Things

People who become hoarders often have a lot of anxiety over getting rid of something. They are afraid that someday, they will look back and realize that they made a mistake by throwing something away or donating. These people do not like the idea of having to buy something that they used to have in the past, because it would be a waste of money.  In some cases, this might make a lot of sense. Even if you do not use something regularly, you still may want to keep it for the future. For example, maybe you don’t always use your luggage, but it’s expensive to buy at the store. So it makes sense to hold on to a suitcase for years.

Does the thought of donating your unused items fill you with anxiety? Credit: Shutterstock

However, people with hoarder tendencies have an irrational fear of getting rid of things that they do not actually need to hold onto. Many of these items that clutter their house are readily available at the nearest Dollar Tree. So even if they were donated or thrown away, it should be easy to replace. If you feel a lot of anxiety over getting rid of things, ask yourself why you feel this way. Are your worries founded in fact, or are they somehow irrational?