Category Archives: hoarding

How to Help your Family Member who has Chronic Disorganization

Do you have a family member who is struggling with chronic disorganization?  Have you tried to help them only to be left feeling frustrated and both of you feeling angry at each other?  This is certainly a huge challenge that … Continue reading

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The Connection between Mental Health and Chronic Disorganization

What is the connection between Mental Health and Chronic Disorganization? It was once thought that OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, was the main issue with individuals who were living with “Hoarding Disorder” (which was deemed a Mental Health Illness in the DSM 1V … Continue reading

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My Best Tips for Organizing Success

I found this list of tips in my handouts and have expanded on each of them for you. Hope they help you with your organizing success.  OHIO – Only Handle it Once! This can be a hard one for all … Continue reading

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How To Practice Harm Reduction in Hoarding

How can we practice harm reduction in hoarding? Lets face it, if you are struggling with hoarding or chronic disorganization, you likely are not going to have a home that you would see in a home and garden magazine!   … Continue reading

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How to Determine if Your Client is Just Being Willful or Struggling with OCPD

Is there a difference between OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and OCPD Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder? This was originally posted on April 25, 2015 at http://smarthappyorganized.com/tidy-and-messy-at-the-same-time-a-look-at-ocpd-and-hoarding/ There can be overlapping symptoms at times so it can be very confusing. It was … Continue reading

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Who Defines How We Live Our Lives?

I recently met a very interesting Jamaican man at a festival I was attending out of town with some friends.  The festival was at the home of friends and in their backyard.  He came over from his house because he … Continue reading

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Help Card for Emotional Shoppers

Do you need to cut down on your shopping?  Do you find yourself shopping to avoid uncomfortable feelings?  Are you in debt over your ears? ugh!!  Here is some help in the form of a card that you can cut … Continue reading

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Clearing Clutter Support Group – Week 2

Week 2 will tell us which participants are really committed to the group.  We had one person drop out and another did not call or show up.  However, we had two new people as well.  One a previous group member … Continue reading

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Clearing Clutter Support Groups Work

Week One We had ten people signed up for the group and seven people showed up.   Two men and the rest women.  It is interesting that the stats show that more men have issues with “chronic disorganization or hoarding” than … Continue reading

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Help for Firefighters and First Responders

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to about fifty Firefighters in the County (Arva) with a co-worker and a Peer Support Worker (volunteer) about how we can work with people who have clutter and hoarding issues.  They said … Continue reading

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