Hoarding and the Challenge of Organizing

Hoarding is a debilitating disorder that is often associated with underlying trauma. Helping a hoarder get organized requires great sensitivity.

Why Do People Hoard?

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton

Hoarding is more than just collecting; it is the “persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value” – and it affects nearly one million people in the United States.

When we work with people who suffer from hoarding issues, they are often anxious about their possessions. “What if I need […]

New Year’s Resolution: Clutter Diet

Every year, most of us make New Year’s resolutions about getting healthier, losing weight, eating better, and exercising more. And those are all great goals! They help us keep our stress levels lower and improve our health. But did you know that there are other ways to keep your stress at bay?

Stress is caused by […]

Maniac Book Club: Andy Warhol was a Hoarder

by Jennifer Sheller

The latest Maniac book club choice was Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities by Claudia Kalb. This book is a culmination of 12 stories about famous historical figures, but written from the perspective of each person’s mental health. Kalb used story-telling to help readers really understand the […]

Book Club – Dirty Secret – Jessie Sholl

Dirty Secret – Jessie Sholl If you have ever kept a secret for even a short amount of time, it often feels liberating to finally tell it to someone, anyone, no matter how hard it is to do. In Jessie Sholl’s book, Dirty Secret, she does just that. In her book Jessie describes the roller coaster of emotions as she lived with her Mother’s hoarding (the Dirty Secret), and how it felt to finally tell the world. She describes how life was while living with both of her parents and then after their divorce – living between two houses (one normal, one not). Her childhood was anything but normal and happy and impacted her adult life in many ways.

Book Club – Digging Out – Michael Thompkins

Digging Out by Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. and Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D. is a comprehensive resource for individuals with family members who hoard, and an outstanding one at that.

Book Club – Coming Clean – Kimberly Rae Miller

Kimberly grew up in a house full of love, laughter, tears and clutter. Coming Clean focus on the journey the hoarding took her, instead of the difficulties of her life.

Looking for People who Hoard who have Undergone a Forced Cleanout

Call for Participants for "The Lived Experience of People who Hoard who have Undergone a Forced Cleanout of their Home." The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is collaborating with the Hoarding Project , to recruit participants for a clinical research study titled "The Lived Experience of People who Hoard who have Undergone a Forced Cleanout of their Home."