Face it: We like stuff.
In a consumer-driven society, in which a reward for a long day's work often comes in bubble wrap from e-Bay, it's difficult not to form some kind of attachment to our acquisitions.
Even those of us who curb spending for financial or environmental reasons can find places in our homes for items that have been discounted or "rescued" from disposal. Add to that family heirlooms, photographs, childhood keepsakes, our children's childhood keepsakes and those boxed items that never found a place after the last move, and it's no wonder that many of us have accumulated quite a collection of stuff.
But where does the line lie between affection for and obsession with keepsakes, and how can we tell if it has been crossed?
Five percent of the nation's population is living with symptoms associated with hoarding -- and 92 percent of those people can be diagnosed with additional psychiatric disorders, according to the nonprofit National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.