When keeping stuff gets out of hand

"Waste not, want not" is a useful rule to live by; it's not a license to hoard.

We've all been encouraged to keep essentials on hand for the future. But some people take this to an extreme, acquiring and accumulating objects of dubious value (to others) and in such large and disorderly quantities that their living space is filled and normal use of the home becomes dangerous or impossible.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »