Hoarding Versus Prepping – Which is it?
A good question but not an easy one to answer and some might say, “Does it matter?”
“Compulsive hoarders aren’t stocking up on food because the supply is inconsistent and prone to rationing. The compulsive hoarders simply don’t throw anything away. They feel attached to certain items and the space these items take up in their homes eventually cause health issues. To compare a father stocking up food because the lines at the grocery store stretch on for blocks and rationing has begun to someone who is living in a house of useless items they purchased on the Home Shopping Network, but can’t bear to throw away, is logically fallacious.”
Seems easy enough. If you’re hoarding a lot of “useless items” that are causing “health issues”, you might have a problem. But is that all there is to it?
The American Preppers Network takes a closer look and identifies four more signs you may be going overboard with your prepping and headed towards hoarding. Here’s how they frame their argument:
“You don’t want to spend so much of your time preparing that it takes away from a healthy, happy lifestyle. If you want to be certain you’re on the right track in preparing for a potential disaster, keep an eye open for these indicators that you might be over-prepping.”
They go on to list the four signs that your prepping may be affecting your “healthy, happy lifestyle”; avoiding your friends so you can shop for survival items; buying everything related to prepping whether it’s useful to you; you’re broke because you spend too much on prepping and you’re living in your survival stores. That last one needs some explanation:
“If your television is sitting on top of boxes filled with canned goods, your couch is propped up by buckets of flour, you can’t open your windows because your crossbow is blocking the way, and your storage room is stuffed to the rafters, you’ve surely taken emergency preparedness a little too far. Your goods should be safely stored in a shed, in your basement, or on an unused floor of the house. That way, they’re out of the way, and you can focus on living your life normally until disaster strikes.”
Both of them have good points and it’s hard to argue with them, but…would they feel that way in a total societal breakdown situation like what’s happening in Venezuela? Money is of almost no use to the Venezuelan people at the moment. The only thing that matters is supplies. How do we make sense of it all?
I’d suggest you start with a Threat Matrix. Analyse your situation and prioritize what supplies you need to meet your threat.
Next, be aware that there are 5 stages most preppers go through. This can help you understand what’s happening to you.
Another thing to bear in mind, is that skill building can help eliminate the need to hoard some supplies.
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