Are you a Collector or a Hoarder?

Many people have collections of things they find beautiful or valuable or sentimental. Sometimes they have a hard time finding room to put all the things they have collected. This may have become a little out of hand or it may have become a big problem. Some people may end up with a compulsion to collect what they view as a treasure and have a hard time letting go of the things that no longer serve them. This is called hoarding.

Are you a hoarder?

Take this quiz to find out.

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Answer the questions below. Click on the radio button that most matches the answer to the quesion. There are no right or wrong answers.


1.I have difficulty using spaces in my home for their intended purpose (for example, eating with others at my kitchen table, sitting on my sofa to watch TV, or sleeping in my bed).
2.Getting rid of my possessions—whether I’m throwing them out, donating them, or selling them—causes me distress and anxiety.
3.I never pass up a freebie, even if I don’t need it or have space for it.
4.I have duplicates of many things (for example, Italian cookbooks, scarves of the same color, similar toiletry items).
5.I buy things I want, even if I can’t afford it or don’t have space to put it.
6.My possessions are so disorganized that I often have a hard time finding what I am looking for.
7.I avoid inviting people to my home because of the clutter.
8.I feel like I have no control over the clutter in my home; my possessions own me.
9.My possessions are a source of family conflict.
10.I notice that other people in my family (for example, a sister, mother, or uncle) have a lot of clutter as well.

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