Hoarding Behaviors Described and Discussed

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Explorer Nicolas speaks about his aging mother in law, who is starting late in life to hoard plastic bags to the degree it is becoming ‘overboard’ in terms of the accumulation.

The hoarding is causing contention in the family, since talking about it leads to argument. Accordingly, family members are taking a harm reduction approach to the problem by actively cutting up the bags, locking up the trash bins, and anything else they can think of to stem the tide of the hoarding behavior.

A member says that as she ages, she tends to hold onto things more than in the past, but perhaps that is because it is less convenient to get rid of them now.

Another member notes that formerly well organized persons may become overwhelmed as their ability to process things slows and they become inundated. Another recounts a friend who couldn’t part with his many, many paintings.

Explorer Rich says that he is having trouble giving away even the things of little value because, in his mind, they really do have value. This problem has given rise to the ‘declutterer’ industry and the junk hauling business.

Members realize that it is still up to the individual to let things go, and therein lays the root of the problem.

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from the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco circle discussion May 9th, 2016.


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Key words: 
hoarding, harm reduction, de-cluttering