Having trouble letting go of that shabby jumper in your closet or throwing out old magazines and newspapers you don't read any more?
And what about the piles of artwork your child, who may even be turning 30 this year, brought home from school decades ago?
Do you still keep those?
According to Dorothy Breininger, an organiser on the Emmy-nominated series Hoarders, you do not have a hoarding problem - unlike the people she helps on the weekly American series.
Breininger is an organising and time-management expert who says there's a distinct difference between collecting, holding on to cherished mementos, and simply being a hoarder.
She says the closest most people will get to understanding the anguish or disturbing feelings affecting hoarders is when they come to clean out a wardrobe or decide which, if any, of their children's artwork pieces they'll keep or throw away.
"A hoarder usually buys multiples of many things and they cannot find any of those items (when they look for them)," Breininger said.
Breininger, who will attend the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers conference in Sydney and in Melbourne later this month, has just finished filming the latest season of Hoarders in the US.
She says hoarders do not have a theme, such as a collector, but a compulsion to accumulate goods.
Like a junkie who needs a hit, a hoarder will buy for the sake of it while shopping or will stop along the side of the road to pick up a discarded piece of furniture or broken toy, just to have something "new" to stow away.
"As long as you have a purpose for what you are keeping and it is stored properly, then you are collecting," Breininger said.
"But when you can't find what you are looking for and the items are ill-cared for then it becomes a hoard."
Breininger says hoarding is an illness and the reasons, like alcoholism, are hard to pinpoint.
She says there are no boundaries to what people keep, from faeces to facemasks, and breaking the habit is a journey in itself.
"Just like alcoholism, it's hard to place your finger on the one thing that is the problem.
"It could be passed down from one family member to the next or it's just an addiction that lies latent inside of you, we just don't know.
"There is an extreme attachment for hoarders and it occurs because of some traumatic event in their life or some inner anxiety which has gone on for many years."
Breininger has been treating hoarding clients for two decades.
She says a technique to help hoarders break the habit is to take them on a phantom shopping expedition, not too dissimilar to making an alcoholic visit a pub.
"So we take them to a store and ask them not to buy anything while they are there," Breininger said.
While the TV show is a hit and has just wrapped up its sixth season, Breininger said the best part about making the series was bringing to people's attention that hoarding existed and was an illness."Hoarding is the new gay because people are finally talking about something that has been going on for years," she says.
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