Tag: hoarding

Decluttering- When Friends and Family Cross The Line

Whether its hoarding, severe clutter, or domestic squalor, there comes a time for the big clean out. It may be due to a impending move, repairs needed on the home, or just to restore family harmony. Whatever the reason, there is a right or wrong way to handle the situation. I have seen well meaning... Read more »

Here Is What You Need To Know To Tackle A Big House Clean Out

Whether its  a parents long time home, a filled to the rim basement, or a hoarding situation, you need a game plan when you are planning on doing a big clean out. Its best to have some details in place before you start the process. Each day you work on the project, you will end... Read more »

What Not To Do When Working With A Hoarder

As I said in a previous post dealing with a hoarding situation is very sensitive. Sometimes it takes years to even get the person to start going through their stuff. They may start and stop several times. Many times they don’t take serious action until they have a big change coming up in their lives.... Read more »

What To Do When Working With A Hoarder

Hoarding is a very sensitive issue. It is caused by a variety of emotions that include depression, addiction, and ocd. It can be a very challenging time for the person and their family. Everyone wants to jump in and help. There is a right way and a wrong way to handle these situations. The Institute... Read more »

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 »

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 »