By: Sophie

How hoarding works isn’t understood yet. Therefore there is no known way to prevent it

Hoarding Definition

Definitions from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hoarding

  1. to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage.
  2. to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation,future use, etc.


Hoarding can be caused by a stressful event in ones life such as a divorce, a death of a loved one or even losing your job. Hoarding may also be caused by a psychotic disorder or the most common obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).


The treatment for a hoarder is mostly therapy but there is also the option of medication. Hoarding therapy takes a long time and may not always work but, many people have been helped by it. First, the therapist tries to get the hoarder to be able to identify the important things vs. the less important things. They then work through each of the rooms and try to compromise with the hoarder as to how many of each item they can keep. Next, the objects that are left are organized and put in a specific place. Finally, the therapist tries to explain how they can stop hoarding.

Facts about hoarding

  • Hoarding has been found in almost every age from a 3 year old to a person in their 50’s.
  • typical age that hoarding starts to occur is around 13
  • it's rare but, a person can become a hoarder in their later years
  • In the United States, there is an estimated 1.2 billion people that have a hoarding condition
  • Between 25-40% of people with OCD have hoarding symptoms
  • hoarders can’t tell the difference between junk and necessities.