People who hoard feel compelled to acquire or save items that others may consider worthless. They may stock up on items at garage sales or rummage through other people's trash. They often spend lots of time moving items in their home from one pile to another, without actually discarding anything. They may be so preoccupied by all their clutter and belongings that they don't socialize with family or friends.
Hoarding affects emotions, thoughts and behavior. Signs and symptoms of hoarding may include:
If a person exhibits some or most of these signs, one should seek outside help.