Hoarding: Identify the Reasons Why You Save

This week we have been talking about hoarding and breaking down what it is/isn’t.  One of the ways you can determine whether you hoard or not is to evaluate why you save things.  Here are some of most common reasons:

  • You keep it “just in case” a need for it arises
  • You feel it’s unique and can’t be replaced
  • You feel you give the item a good home and protect it
  • You can’t decide exactly where it should go
  • You think you will feel horrible later if you throw it away now
  • It has some value
  • You can’t remember why you saved it in the first place, but you must have had your reasons
  • You can’t throw away printed information until you read it, understand, or remember it
  • It has sentimental value
  • Although it isn’t valuable now, it may be in the future

Do any of these sound familiar?   Some other questions to ask yourself are:  Do you experience grief or loss when someone else loses or discards of your possessions?  Do you like to feel in control of your possessions?  Does surrounding yourself with your possessions make you feel safe and comfortable?

If you are able to identify with any of these, you may benefit from counseling to help you process through your feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.  Continue to read tomorrow as Joleen shares more information about hoarding.  Thanks for reading!

*Source: Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding by Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick, and Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias


Written by: Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.