Time to tidy up?

hoarder has tidy upOne of Britain’s biggest hoarders has admitted it’s time to finally tidy up — as his daughter is getting married.

Eccentric Arthur Watson, 69, has been collecting everything from old newspapers to bicycles for more than 30 years.

Every room in his small home, which he bought in 1982, is packed with piles of junk including books, clothes and other scattered belongings he can’t bear to throw out.

There is also a mountain of washing up and his carpet is barely visible beneath the huge piles of newspapers and possessions in the bottom floor flat.

Why do people hoard?

There are a number of reasons why people may end up hoarding. People hoard because they believe that an item will be useful or valuable in the future. Or they feel it has sentimental value, is unique and irreplaceable, or too big a bargain to throw away. They may also consider an item a reminder that will jog their memory, thinking that without it they won’t remember an important person or event. Or because they can’t decide where something belongs, it’s better just to keep it.

Hoarding is a disorder that may be present on its own or as a symptom of another disorder. Those most often associated with hoarding are obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and depression.

Although less often, hoarding may be associated with an eating disorder, pica (eating non-food materials), Prader-Willi syndrome (a genetic disorder), psychosis, or dementia.

Read on to find out more about Arthur Watson and how he plans on tidying up for his daughter’s wedding…

 

Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help.

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