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Signs of Hoarding Behavior

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
October 13, 2017

Question: Are there any clear signs of hoarding behavior?

Answer: If you suspect that a loved one is hoarding, you might look for signs such as:

•    There is an accumulation of garbage or items or broken items on the front porch, by the door, or in the yard.
•    The shades or blinds are pulled down all the time.
•    You can see cardboard or boxes, or sheets in the windows.
•    The yard is not being taken care of, overgrown bushes; the yard is not being mowed.
•    Home maintenance may be at a standstill. The home may need to be painted and shutters are broken or screens are torn.

For more about how to spot the signs of hoarding, see this post on eCareDiary.  For more information about hoarding behavior in general, visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.

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