During the COVID-19 pandemic, signs warning of only one package of toilet paper for each customer are not an indication of a failure in the supply chain. Rather, it’s more a mark of an unpredictable event that has turned our lives upside down.
Note that hoarding goes beyond having an attic stuffed with stuff or a box of rusty nails. People reach the disorder stage when they cross the line separating busy clutter from addictive accumulation.
Here are some common types of hoarding.
You probably know that are many types of people who tend to store up a little extra food in case of emergencies. However, people predisposed to hoarding can start having strong compulsions about keeping food. And it is worth noting that people who usually struggle with food hoarding typically have some past trauma associated with fears of not having enough food.
Animal hoarding is also common. Despite the restrictions and limits on the number of animals or pets allowed within a condo, home, or apartment, the realistic number for hoarders often greatly exceeds these limits. And note that when these animals become malnourished and do not get the care they need, their safety and health are jeopardized.
Homes of animal hoarders are often accompanied by more clutter, presenting hazardous health conditions associated with germs, animal waste, and bacteria within the home.
Garbage or Trash Hoarding
A person can be identified as a garbage or trash hoarder when they display an inability to discard waste, garbage, or trash. Also, note that garbage hoarders frequently rummage through other people’s trash in order to find “treasures” of their own. As you can imagine, this inability to differentiate valuable items from harmful waste can be a cause of concern.