Are YOU a Hoarder?




to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
I’ve been watching the hoarding shows on TV the last couple of weeks. Mostly as research, but I suppose if I really wanted to, I could just go to my grandma’s house.
The minute the show comes on, my jaw drops. It’s hard to imagine someone living like the person in this picture. You could laugh or poke fun even, I’ve said a few smart-castic (that’s my own word…I think) things about my grandma’s house. But it’s rather tragic.  One episode, they had cleaned up the woman’s house, and six months later it was even worse than before! In six months!
Another woman had hundreds of jars. Glass jars for soup. Plastic jars for paint. The therapist asked her why she kept them, and she said because she might want to make soup, and if she threw away the jars then she’d never make it. When asked, “Have you made soup?” She sniffed and wiped a few tears away, “No.”
These people are filling up their homes, their sanctuaries, with things they think they need, will use, or can’t part with.
I’m not a hoarder. I throw everything away. My poor kids will have no tangible childhood memories. (Sadly, I’m not feelin’ real guilty here.)
It made me think of little things we keep in our “sanctuaries” that we think we need or can’t part with. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 
1 Corinthians 6:19

In 1 Samuel Chapter 15, Saul spares King Agag’s life after being specifically instructed to “utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them…” (verse 3)

In verse 9 Saul kept everything that he thought was best and got rid of what he considered worthless. It cost him his kingdom.

I know in my life, there have been times God has asked me to clean house. I got rid of some things, but hoarded others. Like Saul.  And I’ve paid a price.

Matthew 12:43-45
 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”


Cleaning out the mess that doesn’t belong isn’t enough. If left empty, it will just pile up again…more so. Just like the woman in the hoarding show.

I like the feeling of a clean house. But, I don’t like it empty. I want it filled with good things. My family, friends, and even my annoying dog. I want to burn my apple cinnamon candle, turn satellite radio on low and listen to the laughter of a happy home. Put in order. And productive.

I want my inside the same the way. Filled with my family-God the Father, His Son the Bridegroom, and the Holy Sprit my Friend and Teacher. I want the warm glow from His light to shine softly, while His fragrance fills every chamber of my heart…drawing others to come in and cozy up. I want my inside to be a joyful, happy place. Put in order. And productive.

What do you want your inside home to look like?

5 thoughts on “Are YOU a Hoarder?

  1. The first picture could be one of my basement–not because I'm a hoarder, but I need to make time to get rid of the clutter that seems to cluster down there.

    Hoarding and having clutter has a negative impact on our lives. And if we clutter our thoughts and hearts with those things that aren't of God, there isn't much room for Him to squeeze in.

    Great post, Jessica. 🙂

  2. My mom was always a clutterer–still too much stuff for me on her countertops so I tend to go the other way, the less mess the better. Inside, I sure know I have some cleaning up and sorting out to do. I tend to hang on bad feelings when something happens and I know the Lord wants me to clear all that out.

  3. Love this post! I love the show too! Everyday I have to purpose in my heart to take a long hard look at me- not the me everyone else see but the one the Father sees. I am notorious for hoarding emotions and behaviors that put me at risk for breaking my communion with God.

    It takes heaps of prayer and surrender:)

  4. Thanks everyone for your comments! I am like you, Terri, I tend to go the opposite way and keep things very tidy. However, I have one closet that stays cluttered! I don't why I can't pull it together and keep it organized!

  5. Good article. We need to pray for people who hoard. It horrifies me when I see pets being hoarded. A house with 100 cats.

    I should talk, I have 11 cats. But I swear, my house is clean and odor free.

    Other than my 11 cats, 1 dog and 1 squirrel (who will be released in the spring back to nature), I'm a thrower awayer. My husband complains I throw away too much.


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