We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We recently cleaned out a house that had been lived in by a hoarder. Never had a single piece of mail that ever arrived at this house in more than 50 years, not a bill, catalogue, Christmas card or junk mail had ever been tossed. Most were bundled by month and year and put in boxes.
Before and after images here: http://shipshapecleaners.com/3.html
The experience has made me much more ruthless in my discarding of stuff.
My mother has a friend who's house is much much more cluttered than that! I wish I could have taken pictures, literally only narrow paths allowed movement from room-to-room. I bought her husbands carpenter shop tools (he had recently died of Alzheimer's) and my dad and I went to return the key to one of her multiple! storage buildings where she had stored his tools. She is building on her own property a storage building to house her..... stuff. When she dies, she will make some estate auctioneer a pile of cash disposing of a few tons of junk.
I am always fascinated by how a simple-minded television show can turn a fundamental human survival characteristic into a "disease". In our long past, hoarding (storage) once had a viable purpose.
Remember, hoarding isn't a sickness, it's an adventure! You never know what you're going to find that you forgot you had (or where you put it!).
Disclaimer: I'm a "hoarder" in a family of "hoarders" living in a region of "hoarders" ("...don't throw that away, we might need it!"). We believe hoarding may be a genetic propensity. Fortunately, we live in the middle of nowhere on a lot of dry, scrubby land.