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WHAT IS A COMPULSIVE COLLECTOR?
Having a hobby can be therapeutic for many people, but it has the potential to be problematic. A compulsive collector is defined as someone who once collected for fun but has moved into the realm of compulsively hoarding unique items. If your favorite pastime is something that consumes your everyday life, meaning time, money and space, you might be a compulsive collector.
Like shopping hoarders, it is common for compulsive collectors to fill their homes with purchases made impulsively. However, with the compulsive collector, as opposed to the shopper, there is a specific purpose in mind. They are looking to acquire specialty items such as baseball cards or stamps. What may have started as innocent collecting has turned into obsessive compulsive collecting that consumes the individual and the size of the collection becomes unmanageable.
COMPULSIVE COLLECTOR SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
While there is no one particular object that defines compulsive collecting, anybody who obsessively acquires items in a way that impedes their welfare can be considered. The collecting is usually done impulsively, often as a coping mechanism or because of an unhealthy sentimental attachment to a specific thing. Compulsive collecting can be a symptom of an underlying mental illness such as depression or OCD.
Typically, items collected are in disarray, causing overwhelming and hazardous clutter. Compulsive collectors experience great distress when discarding items or an inability to throw things away. They have a strong urge to collect, regardless of the items’ use or value and can not control the impulse to acquire new things, despite the diminished quality of life.
Compulsive collecting may be a way to reminisce on the past. In such instances, there might be a more serious underlying condition such as the irresistible urge to buy “masks” as an inability to come to terms with some aspect of your life. Some people do it through drugs or drinking – some do it this way. Either way, it creates an unmanageable state of living. While it is important to appreciate the past, it is vital to not ignore the future. We understand that your possessions are extremely important to you – especially your collection, after all, this is your passion. The fear of letting go of this collection may seem daunting.
COMPULSIVE COLLECTOR SOLUTION
Because we have pioneered our 7-Step solution, the dumpster is the last resort, not the first. We can help you sort through your collection so that you can reduce it to a more manageable size. It is more than likely that you have way more than you can actually enjoy and in fact there are probably redundancies of many items. Plus, you will find that you will enjoy your collection a lot more once you can let your items shine on display neatly instead of being piled up. As for the items you decide to not hold onto, we can catalogue them and help connect you to other collectors to sell the items on specific online sites.
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BEFORE & AFTER
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