Category Archives: Hoarding

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Hoarding Video: Personal Story

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Thank you for watching Hoarding Video: Personal Story.

People often ask why I work in organizing..and how I can work in Montreal hoarding households. In a word, “satisfying”. Not only do I enjoy seeing someone realize an important success…to achieve a personal milestone..such as getting better organizing….I also like helping people return a home to a healthier state.

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Avoiding Eviction from Hoarding

Ask anyone who has boxes in their basement or rents a storage unit about their “stuff” and chances are…you’ll get lots of stories. And a few use them as part of a strategy in avoiding eviction from a house full, a hoarding household.

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Hoarding Issues – Who is a Hoarder, Are You?

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A member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, I have a Level II Certificate as a Chronic Disorganization Specialist. I’ve taken numerous courses in the area of chronic disorganization and hoarding, and have worked with a fair number of people suffering with hoarding issues. Whether working with a team, or one-on-one with the client, hoarding resolution services are customized to the needs of the situation.

Hoarding has become part of our everyday language. When I receive calls about organizing services, people will either introduce themselves as being a “bit-of-a-hoarder”, or say that they are definitely “not-a-hoarder”. Often calls are from adult children seeking help for their parents…

Yet there has been a change in the last year or so…now I’m receiving calls from more folks who admit to being a “hoarder”. They are fed up with their situation and want to start the process of getting their house in order. I believe that this shift can be attributed to the TV shows on the topic, like A&E Hoarders, and TLC Buried Alive…which have literally opened the closet doors on hoarding to millions of people.

Are you a hoarder? Well to start with, if you are a bit messy…you are not a hoarder….as hoarding is a beyond messy, it’s a serious problem that negatively impacts a person on a day-to-day basis….not to mention the lives of those who either live with them or care about them from a distance….

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization has created a Clutter—Hoarding Scale, a useful guide that outlines the five levels of clutter. It’s regularly referred to by professional organizers who work in the area of chronic disorganization and hoarding, health professionals, family, and others. It serves as a clutter-measurement tool to determine the severity of a situation based on a clear set of criteria.

Here is a quick self-assessment questionaire, should you answer yes to more than four questions…you may have issues around hoarding:

Issues with Hoarding…Maybe? 

1. Do you not invite family, friends, neighbors, or others to your home on account of the volume of clutter?

2. Are you able to use all your rooms as intended or is there one or more you can’t use due to the amount of clutter?

3. Is the state of your home causing you emotional issues, problems, and day-to-day stress on account of clutter?

4. Do you bring home and keep free things, or shop for stuff that you can’t afford and really have no use for?

5. Would you say that you have a hard time (not doing it or procrastinating) with letting go of your personal possessions through donation, recycling, or garbage?

6. Is your inability to “declutter” your home affecting your work, relationships, or social life in the negative?

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization is a great go-to place for information on hoarding…

And for your own copy of the Institute for Chronic Disorganization Clutter—Hoarding Scale, please click this link: Clutter—Hoarding Scale.

All requests for information or consultation are welcome, no-obligation, and remain 100% confidential.


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Hoarding Issue – Resolved for Client

A gentleman, we’ll call him Frank (not his real name), generously allowed me to share this before and after photo of his living room on my blog. His desire was that others who hoard, as he did, and professionals working in the field, would see that there can be success and organization in the home after our hoarding resolution team steps in.

It is estimated that between 2% to 4% of the adult population suffers from hoarding. Hoarding includes such behaviors such as excessive saving, excessive acquisition, compulsive shopping, and inability to discard. The failure to discard can begin early, although the average age when people seek assistance or when it is reported at crisis levels is from middle age well into the advanced years. If you are a chronically disorganized person with hoarding tendencies, a family member or a member of the medical or legal professional seeking assistance for a hoarder, we welcome your call or email.

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Valued Option for our Hoarding Resolution Projects

Got Junk?

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Kudos to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? We regularly bring them in with our crews on some of our Hoarding Resolution projects. While Organizing Options handles the tagging and separation of keepers and non-keepers, and boxing and bagging, plus,plus, plus.. their crews provide the labour and removal service of the unwanted items.

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