Link: The hoarding scale

The hoarding scale

A common question I’m asked when people find out that I’m an organizer (after they ask, “Oh, so you work for the unions and stuff?”) is, “Do you see a lot of hoarders?” Television shows like “Hoarders: Buried Alive” show extreme cases of pathological collecting and saving — not your average packrat. On one episode of “Hoarders: Buried Alive,” a young man with a hoarding disorder saved the fur shed from his dog because throwing it out seemed to him like discarding a part of his beloved animal. Another hoarder collected cats, thinking that she was rescuing them but, unbeknownst to her, 37 of them had died, trapped in the floor-to-ceiling debris in her house and garage.
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