Compulsive hoarding is thought to be present when all three of the following criteria are met:
1. You accumulate, and then have great difficulty discarding objects that most other people would consider useless or of limited value
2. The clutter is so severe that it prevents or seriously limits the use of living spaces in the manner for which those spaces were intended
3. The clutter, acquiring or difficulty discarding causes significant impairment or distress
Definition by David F. Tobin, Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee, in Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
Do you have a problem with compulsive hoarding? Use this self-assessment from From Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by David Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee to find out. Click here to take the self-assesment.