8 Signs You Might Become a Hoarder
You've watched Hoarders
with equal parts sympathy and fear: "Will that be me in 20 years?" Researchers are still trying to understand the disorder, but here are some clues:
You have impossibly high housekeeping standards.
But you can't act on them. Hoarders are often perfectionists, Frost says. Except for animal hoarders, most don't live in the squalor depicted on TV. Organizing clutter, however, is difficult for people who are terrified of making mistakes. "A hoarder looks at a very messy kitchen," says Frost, "and thinks: 'There's no way I can get it where I want it, so I won't bother.'"