Hoarding Help With Organization

With television shows like TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, hoarding is the talk of the organizing world. The majority of organizers do not work with hoarders as it takes a well trained team of people to handle a hoarding situation. My clients say they are afraid that they are hoarders or are going to become one but 99% of you have nothing to worry about.

Definition of Hoarding

Dr. Regina Lark, from Los Angeles, teams with therapists and other providers to help the chronically disorganized people.  She offered these definitions of hoarding in seminars she presents:

1) Pathological or compulsive hoarding is a specific type of mental disorder with behavior characterized by:

  • acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others (ex: papers, flyers, newspapers, clothes)
  • severe cluttering of the person’s home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space
  • significant distress or impairment of work or social life.

2) Hoarding is defined as excessive acquisition or collection of possession, and having difficulty to dispose them even if the items have no value. A hoarder will have a compulsion to keep his possessions. A hoarder will feel anxiety and depression if he were challenged to throw away his items. Hoarders do not know how to organize themselves, and usually have very poor organizing skills. (compulsivehoardingtreatment.com)

3) Hoarding is the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. People who hoard often don’t see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people who hoard. (mayoclinic.com)

4) Pathological hoarding: Excessive hoarding of material goods, a condition that affects up to 40% of people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Excessive hoarders, who fill their houses with accumulation of junk, usually newspapers, bags of old clothing and lists, tend to experience more anxiety, depression and social disability than OCD patients with other symptoms. Hoarders are also less likely to seek help. (medterms.com)

Other Symptoms of Hoarding

Hoarding has been recognized as a serious medical situation and a great many articles have been written on it since 1996. Here are some statistics:

  • 77% of those who hoard report one or more health problems.
  • 6% of people with hoarding disorder lose their jobs.
  • 13% of people who hoard are evicted or threatened with eviction.
  • 79% of hoarding situations have multiple city and/or government agencies involved.

Help with Hoarding Issues

Hopefully this information is helpful and informative. Please view the above websites if you would like to know more about how to get help to overcome hoarding issues.  For help organizing the hoarding clutter, please contact us!

Unlike other professional home organizers, the Orange County professional organizers at Nipomo Organizing Solutions try to use the organizing materials that you have on hand before recommending the purchase of new containers.

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