To know the difference in Collecting vs hoarding you have to ask yourself … what is a hoarder? Here is a simple explanation, if you have any more than three items the same, you’re considered a collector. If you can’t get into any room in your house because of your “collection,” you’re considered a “HOARDER.”
Are you a hoarder or a collector?
Through all fairness, collectors collect a particular item of interest and maybe lots of the them, hoarders collect … anything and lots of it.
In all my blog posts I talk about going at a situation from a different angle and so this is how I look at hoarding… Doctors and Psychiatrist claim that hoarding is a disorder of sorts; I claim it’s just a bad habit. So . . . could Farmers be classified as hoarders? I think yes and this is a good reason why. I think being human, collecting things is part of our DNA. And one most crucial factor, they have the room. And that makes them a good candidate to join the Hoarders club of America.
So, as the Medical Industry declares people that over accumulate too many items are called hoarders. They even put a $10 label on these people, their called, “Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD).”
I say they just have a bad habit.