Hoarding …taking their stuff to the grave

As a professional organizer, I have seen my share of hoarding situations.  Generally, I do not work with hoarders, but from time to time, something comes up that I have to handle. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know I am a professional organizer who specializes in assisting people with their moves. […]

A senior hoarder…

I received a call for help from the director of Piedmont Gardens, a senior/elder residence, in Oakland.  One of their residents needed to move from an independent apartment to an assisted living apartment.  When they entered her unit, they discovered that she is a hoarder.  Her unit was packed with all the usual hoarder’s stuff – […]

Saying goodbye to Oprah…

Today is the last Oprah Winfrey show, and I’ll be waving goodbye along with everyone else.  Oprah did a lot for professional organizing.  She featured professional organizers on her show, in her magazines, and has even given them shows of their own. I believe that she is single handedly responsible for bringing professional organizers into […]

Coupon complex: TLC’s Extreme Couponing

As a professional organizer, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about TLC’s Extreme Couponing show. What’s the story on this?  Are these people hoarders?  How many bottles of shampoo and boxes of pasta does one need? I finally watched an episode, and while I am not Dr. Phil, I can see some obsessive/compulsive tendencies […]

Am I a hoarder?

Since the show on Hoarders (A&E;) started airing last year, I’ve been getting calls from people all over the country asking me, as a professional organizer, if I think they are, or their parents are, or their friends are – a hoarder. Not everyone who is disorganized or who has a collection of items is […]

Food hoarding…

Q: My mother is elderly and lives in a senior apartment. For quite sometime she has been collecting food and paperware from any source she can. When she goes to eat in the dining room she fills her pockets with the sugar packets from the table. When she is out anywhere there are paper plates, […]

My Mother’s Garden

On Sunday, April 5th, MSMBC will be showing My Mother’s Garden, a film about a family dealing with their mother’s hoarding issues. (Check your listing for times.) One of the most interesting aspects of this condition is shown near the end of the film when their mother returns to her cleared out home – instead […]

Raiding King Tut’s Tomb…

Recently, we cleaned out the pantry of a couple we are packing for a move. We found loads of canned goods and boxes of dry goods dating back DECADES! It’s not the first time we’ve encountered bulging cans and melting boxes in the back of a kitchen cupboard. A couple of years ago we moved […]

All in a day’s work…

Our client is a hoarder who suffers from clinical depression and is trying hard to make a new start. We are helping to sort through the clutter, and organize what will be saved. It’s going to be a long process, but we are making a good progress… Here’s Ramon sorting through the stuff on the […]

Hoarding Study Newsletter

For those of you looking for more help on hoarding, Dr. David Tolin (who has been seen on Oprah several times) and his team, publish a quarterly newsletter. They also have a substantial website. Visit his site at: http://www.harthosp.org/instituteofliving/anxietydisorderscenter/compulsivehoarding/default.aspx