Hoarding versus Prepping

December 16, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

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Are you hoarding or prepping? I’ve noticed that some people confuse the definition of the two and consider anyone who has extra ‘stuff’ to be a hoarder. Even while looking at online definitions, there is confusion. The fact is, there is a difference…

Definition of hoarding:
Hoarding is the excessive and often compulsive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter.

Definition of prepping:
Prepping is the acquisition of supplies stored for rotation of present and future use, and is an insurance policy of sorts for maintaining a standard of living during a disruptive or disastrous period of time.

A hoarder is hoarding because they are compulsive and cannot stop or discipline themselves to stop. They often will hoard one type of thing or another without any real thought of practicality or the benefit of having that stuff.

A prepper is building supplies with a practical purpose. I suppose that a non-prepper may consider a prepper to be a hoarder if they walk into their house and see extra stuff in plain sight. Because it seems out of the ordinary, they may presume the prepper to be a hoarder. In reality though, if you look at a prepper’s stuff, it will usually make sense – extra food stores and somewhat normal supplies. A hoarders stuff will often appear cluttered and irrelevant to everyday use or preparedness.

If you are a prepper and do not wish to be labeled a hoarder, a good solution is to neatly organize your supplies in various places around the home. Even better is out-of-sight. If your friend or neighbor happens to open a well stocked closet or pantry, it won’t look so out of place if things are organized. Organization will help you ‘know’ what you have anyway… it’s a good idea.

 

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