People who hoard have difficulty discarding items, have problems with too much clutter, and/or have a problem with acquiring too much. Their living spaces are often so cluttered that they can no longer use rooms, furniture, appliances and/or other objects for what they were originally intended. Residents with hoarding disorder face threats to housing stability (most eventually lose their housing) and to health from falls, lack of egress in emergencies and refuse. Hoarding is low incidence (about 3-5%) but may be higher because it is under reported.
If 4% of the 215,888 year round population is affected by hoarding then 8,635 Cape residents are living with hoarding disorder.
Are you concerned that you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding disorder? This questionnaire may help.