Are you afraid to throw anything away?

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I have in the past criticised our favourite soap Coronation Street, for ridiculous story lines.

However, I must congratulate them on what is now a topical cause for concern yet one which totally fascinates us, that is hoarding.

We have seen over the last few weeks how this has affected the life of new resident ‘Kathy’ and her kind hearted friend ‘Roy’. It isn’t as rare, as you may think.

It is estimated that one in 15 people suffer from this affliction, in one way or another.

Not only is it a fast growing cause for concern, over the last year it has claimed the lives of at least ten people.

In The Dearne Valley, it is thought that the ‘illness’ is now gradually becoming worse.

I for one can not criticise those with this affliction because I myself am quite a hoarder, and find it impossible to throw away my son’s first matinee coat, and he is now a strapping six foot roofer.

I am not alone, and although I don’t mind admitting I have this habit, many people can not.

My neighbour clung on to anything and everything with the notion of ‘I may need it one day’, I’m guilty of that too.

Then disaster, after the fire, the hoarders decided to rent storage, for their valued possessions (Junk and rubbish actually) And so the problem increased.

Experts now believe that it is one of the major complaints of our time, and partly what has caused this relatively new ‘illness’ is the birth of QVC, E-bay along with car boot sales.

The urge to buy because the items are cheap, or seem like a bargain.

Here in the Dearne Valley sales are increasing, with one or two car boot sales taking place almost every day, in one village or another.

There is no need for this to be a worry though. Help is out there. A visit to the Local GP who can direct you to services giving advice and support. is just a phone call away.

The trouble with that however, is the majority of people, don’t realise they have a problem.

I mean just because I keep a new born baby coat, or the fact that I still treasure a hand bag, from 50 years ago, belonging to my gran doesn’t mean I have a problem.

And therein. lies the very root. It means something to the person collecting.

I really love my weekly South Yorkshire Times. But would I collect them? I’ll let you guess.

In the meantime, the useless baby jacket is staying put.

Are you a hoarder? Do you think the problem is becoming worse?

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