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Surveys suggest that modern Britons suffer some of the highest rates of disposophobia - compulsive hoarding syndrome - of any developed nation, with the average adult having nearly £1,000 worth of unwanted clothes, gadgets, ornaments and so on lying around the house.
The disposophobia website states that "disposophobics are generally very smart people who can't, don't or won't make fast value judgments about their 'stuff', so their solution is to keep everything".
His hobby / obsession / condition is common enough to have a number of names: compulsive hoarding syndrome, disposophobia, Diogenes syndrome,