Posts tagged "hoarding"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Clutter and Custody; Can Your Clutter Cause You To Lose Your Child

With two reality shows based on hoarding, this age old problem is coming out in the open. It’s estimated that 3 million people in the United States suffer from hoarding type issues. Even the DSM will be including hoarding in its own category this year. In the last year, I have been called by two... Read more »
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Chipping Away At the Piles or Home Clean Out; Which Method is Better for De Hoarding a House

There are two very different ways to handle de-hoarding a home. One is to chip away at the piles little by little and the second is to do a full house clean out. In my nine years of organizing, I have done both. There are advantages and disadvantages to both these methods. You have to... Read more »

Minneapolis Has a Hoarding Task Force; What about Chicago?

Minneapolis recently established a hoarding task force. Its estimated that approximately 10,000 people in Minnesota suffer from hoarding issues. There wasn’t much information about this new group other then they were going to hold community events and help those with hoarding issues. I look forward to seeing how its run and the effects on the... Read more »

Hoarding; Should Professional Organizing be a medically approved treatment

Hoarding Disorder has been approved as a separate category for the DSM-5(diagnostic statistical manual of mental disorders). It will stand on its own vs being listed under OCD. It is being defined as “People with persistent difficulity discarding or parting with possessions regardless of their actual value.” With that being said, should Professional Organizing be... Read more »
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Hoarding; The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When De-hoarding a House

I should have known better. I work with alot of hoarders. This has happened twice in the past to me. You would think that I would not have gone for a three-peat! The biggest mistake you can make when de-hoarding a house is the leave any trash after you are done with the session or... Read more »