Clutter - MasterfileCollector or Hoarder? Take our quiz and find out if your possessions are ruling

Take this quick quiz and find out if you are at risk for compulsive hoarding—the tendency to over-collect, along with an inability to organize and/or get rid of items.

Print this page, circle the answers you most agree with, and score your quiz below.

1. I have difficulty using spaces in my home for their intended purpose (for example, eating with others at my kitchen table, sitting on my sofa to watch TV, or sleeping in my bed).

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

2. Getting rid of my possessions—whether I'm throwing them out, donating them, or selling them—causes me distress and anxiety.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

3. I never pass up a freebie, even if I don't need it or have space for it.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

4. I have duplicates of many things (for example, Italian cookbooks, scarves of the same color, similar toiletry items).

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

5. I buy things I want, even if I can't afford it or don't have space to put it.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

6. My possessions are so disorganized that I often have a hard time finding what I am looking for.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

7. I avoid inviting people to my home because of the clutter.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

8. I feel like I have no control over the clutter in my home; my possessions own me.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

9. My possessions are a source of family conflict.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

10. I notice that other people in my family (for example, a sister, mother, or uncle) have a lot of clutter as well.

a. Never

b. Sometimes

c. Often/Always

Score Your Quiz on Hoarding Behaviors

Give yourself 1 point for every A answer, two points for every B, and three points for every C.

10 to 15 points means you are at low risk for hoarding. Congratulations; your home is clutter-free. The rest of us envy you.

16 to 21 points puts you at medium risk for compulsive hoarding. Don't let your possessions get the best of you! Organization may not be your strong suit, so try to acquire less and recycle or donate items that you don't need or no longer use.

22 points or more means you are at high risk for compulsive hoarding. Your possessions are very important to you, and though at times you feel like the clutter is out of control, it's very difficult for you to throw things away. For more assistance on how to get your collecting habit under control, visit The International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center.

Source: This quiz was adapted from information from the International OCD Foundation—Hoarding Center.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 01 Nov 2010

Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012