Hidden hoarding tendency
Some years ago I realized that while I was not a typical junk hoarder, I had a tendency that led to unnecessary excess and was probably a hoarding issue.
I seem to really like the idea of having several of something--like some need for abundance. There is like a little part of my brain that hums on this. If I needed some leather gloves, I liked the idea of having several pairs lined up in a drawer, and that was much more satisfying, in some indefinable way, than having just one. Kind of like starting a little collection of anything you maybe only needed one of. And it would sneak up on me--after awhile, several of something, and then I realized I didn't reallly want or need them and yet having them satisfied something.
None of this has been a major deal or filled up any rooms. But after getting older and trying to de-clutter, I began to tune in to this stimulus-response and try to understand it and relax out of it.
So this relates to the threads on defining a category--trying to understand why you have or need several of anything--and the one on buying less stuff now. I have been able to do both by recognizing that I do have this little psychological quirk and if I can see it at work, I can laugh at myself and hold off.