Differences between Hoarding & 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 is not always associated with squalor
  • Accumulation of items over time
  • Some hoarders may live in a hygienic home but have an enormous amount of clutter
  • Often public health issues for occupants

Stack of books   Clothes filling bedroom

  • Squalor is almost always associated with hoarding
  • State of highly unsanitary conditions
  • Might contain rotten food, open animal or human waste, and a foul odor
  • Often public health issue for occupant and neighbors

Bedrooom filled with trash   Unsanitary Bathroom