What is squalor?

People often mistakenly think squalor and hoarding are the same mental health disorder. The distinction  may seem minor, but it is important to understand the difference.

Hoarding Squalor
  • Hoarding is not always associated with squalor.
  • Squalor is almost always associated with hoarding.
  • Accumulation of items over time.
  • State of highly unsanitary conditions.
  • Some hoarders may live in a hygienic home but   have enormous amount of clutter.
  • Might contain rotten food, open animal or human waste, and a foul odor.
  • Often public health issue for occupant.
  • Often public health issue for occupant and neighbors.


IOCDF on Squalor