I've had my life affected by hoarders a couple of times. My ex mother-in-law was such a hoarder that she once donated my old computer, printer and speakers that I was storing in a closet, so that she could make room for her yard sale finds. I could have sold all that computer stuff, but it was urgent that she make room for a dusty box of yard sale dolls, without asking whether it was okay to donate my stuff. I thought it was weird that she placed so much value on junk items. She kept a box of plastic drinking straws for 15 years and when she went into a nursing home, my ex had a lot of empty takeout containers and dirty skeins of yarn to throw out. Now I have a friend who wanted me to sell her vintage stuff on eBay, but she's been frozen with fear for two months and unable to sort through two houses full of stuff and an additional storage shed. So I'm indirectly being affected, because if I was selling that stuff, I would be getting a cut, but since she can't get motivated to throw a few things into a box, this project is being delayed indefinitely. When I wanted to move really badly, I sold almost everything I owned, so that my daughter and I could have a nice place to live. I did it, and I got over losing my stuff. What happens to people that makes them value boxes of stuff they never use over money and progress? If I had two houses full of stuff like my friend, I would be listing stuff nonstop and making money towards life goals. Why do people find it so hard to let go of things that they don't even look at?