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Are you a collector or compulsive hoarder?

Posted by Junk King on Mar 9, 2010 2:43:34 PM

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Are you a collector or hoarder? Everybody has a friend or family member who loves to keep old things around. Whether it be a pile of old newspapers, outdated magazines, wine bottles or a box of receipts, we all sometimes have the inclination to save 'stuff.'

While many of us see this as a harmless activity, there is a serious clinical disorder called 'compulsive hoarding' that makes it an obsession for people to hold on to a large amount of junk, despite the effect it may have on their lifestyle.

Although Compulsive Hoarding often is said to be a more specific classification of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), it has been recognized by mental health professionals as a seriously detrimental way of life that can result in unsanitary living conditions, safety hazards, accident prone conditions and a variety of other harmful side effects on an individual.

Depending on how extreme the hoarder, the items an individual keeps around can run the gambit, from common items like books to physically dangerous things like hazardous waste and garbage. Although keeping too many books around the house may not seem like a harmful thing, the actual practice of hoarding the books is what can potentially harm an individual's lifestyle, including preventing them from forming meaningful social relationships or even forgoing basic needs like eating and bathing.

This doesn't mean everyone needs to start throwing out those old stamp, coin, and baseball card collections that they spent so long acquiring. Humans are naturally possessive creatures, and it is perfectly normal to place value on a collection that has monetary or sentimental value.

However, there are things that many of us 'collect' simply because we don't have the time or energy to get rid of them. Whether this be an outdated magazine collection or a closet of old clothes, some of this stuff simply takes up room in our homes that could be used much more effectively. Getting rid of this unuseful material not only frees up room in your home, but also clears the mind in a variety of ways.

Just as people with serious cases of compulsive hoarding need professional help, people with the more common case of an inability to get rid of old junk could use some external help as well. Junk-King is your affordable, professional and efficient junk removal service that can get rid of that clutter you've been eying for years, but just never got around to throwing out. We're here to help you reclaim your kingdom from Junk.

Topics: junk removal, hoarding

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