Posts tagged "hoarding"

Hoarding And The Health Department- An Experts Point Of View

Did you know that anyone can report you to the health department? Yup. It could be your neighbor, a repairman, or even a random person walking down the street. And yes, the health department will come out and investigate. I have been involved in this situation several times. Its not my first time at the... Read more »

Domestic Squalor Vs Hoarding- Do You Know The Difference

At first glance, it looks just like hoarding. A home filled to the brim with clutter. But could it be “Domestic Squalor” and not hoarding? Even though they look just alike, there is quite the difference. Domestic Squalor is defined as multifaceted neglect, deliberate hoarding, and extreme household uncleanliness. Its when a person chooses not... Read more »

The Box It Up Method Of Organization- Does it Work

There are times when a home or space is so severely cluttered or hoarded, that there is no where to put things. Its a challenge to purge when you don’t know what you have. So out come the boxes. Yup, let the sorting begin. We call this the Box It Up Method. Bankers boxes are... Read more »
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Helping A Hoarder- When You Need To Step Back

I walked into a home this Tuesday and wanted to cry. Every bit of progress that I had made had been undone and more. For me, a people pleaser and a person that takes such pride in what they do, it was heartbreaking. I knew what I had to do-STEP BACK! We all want to... Read more »

Ten Years In The Trenches; What I Have Learned About Hoarding

For the last ten years, I have been organizing homes and offices. One of my specialties is helping hoarders find their way and establish some clarity in their homes. I have seen it all. Sometimes I am successful in helping them making positive changes in their lives, other times not. There are days when I... Read more »

Coming Clean With Matt Paxton

I had the opportunity to chat with “Extreme Cleaner” Matt Paxton last night. ¬†Matt is the owner of Clutter Cleaner, blogger at Five Decisions Away, and the author of the book The Secret Life of Hoarders. In the last 8 years he has cleaned out 1000 severely hoarded homes that fall into the levels of... Read more »
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Organized; Heredity or Learned

I come from a big ass diverse family. There is no other way to put it. The other night one of my many cousins was posting pictures of the family. Some chick chimed in about the picture of her great grandma. It turns out we are second cousins. So began a new friendship. After I... Read more »

Loving/Living With A Hoarder- How To Handle It

Relationships can be challenging. Add hoarding to the mix and it takes it to another level. How do you live/love a hoarder and not lose your mind. How do you peacefully share space? Here are some simple tips to help you with your challenges. * If you have separate homes, don’t give them free reign... Read more »

The Heartbreak Of Hoarding

I am a very sensitive person by nature. A people pleaser to a huge fault. Yup, that is me. I always want to make everyone happy or the things I touch more organized. In my mind, the world should be a pretty place. We also should have a field of flowers in our backyard. This... Read more »
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Helping the Hoarder: Personal or Professional Help

Hoarding issues have literally come out of the closet in the last few years. If you blinked last week, you might have missed me participating in an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC. According the TV show it was the biggest hoard that they have cleaned out to date. Most of the time I... Read more »