The Packrat Problem

Do you know a packrat? Someone who just can’t seem to get rid of junk, no matter how long it’s been since they’ve used it? Maybe it’s a parent, maybe it’s a spouse. Maybe you read the word “packrat” and thought, “that’s me.”

Living with a packrat can be frustrating. There’s never enough space for storage, closets become nuclear war zones, and every time you open a cabinet you wonder what could fall on your head. But sometimes packrat tendencies lead to a more serious problem: hoarding.

Signs of a Hoarding Problem

hoarding kids toysHoarding is a compulsive disorder that affects roughly 5% of the world’s population. Hoarding can be obvious or concealed depending on the type and severity of the individual case. If you or a loved one suffers from these symptoms, it may be time to seek help.

Hoarders often:

  • Have trouble throwing away items that are broken, useless, or haven’t been used in a long time
  • Feel emotional connections to items with no real significance
  • Say “it might come in handy one day” about insignificant things like rubber bands and old newspapers
  • Have trouble organizing clutter into livable space
  • Feel ashamed, depressed, or anxious about their possessions
  • Have debt
  • Collect objects others deem worthless or trash (e.g. plastic plates, old magazines, empty Coke cans, etc)
  • Have too many pets, creating unhealthy conditions for both people and animals
  • Become socially isolated

Are you ready to reclaim your life? Call Mr Junk to haul away broken appliances, old furniture, bags of trash, and unwanted collections.

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