Have you noticed clutter and hoarding have become a hot topic in the media recently? Have you seen the television shows on TLC and A&E and wondered if you or someone you love might be a hoarder? Well, hoarding is NOT a new trend or phenomenon. It has been around for a long time, but is usually only discussed behind closed doors. It is also more common than you think, with 2-5% of the population struggling with this issue (even more than the number of people who have OCD or Bipolar disorder which we hear about all the time).
Hoarders often keep items for many of the same reasons as you and I do, such as:
- for sentimental value – an emotional attachment or to remember an important life event
- for utilitarian value – the item is, or could be, useful
- for aesthetic value – the item is considered to be attractive or beautiful
However, the clutter becomes a larger problem when someone begins acquiring possessions compulsively, never discards items or is not organizing or maintaining the saved possessions. The constant acquisition of items, combined with a refusal to discard any items can reach a point where one’s safety becomes a major concern.*
If you are curious about hoarding, please join Dr. Andrea Umbach and Simplicity Organizers for a discussion about clutter and hoarding. Dr. Umbach is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of hoarding, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and trichotillomania. She trained under experts in the field and works with individuals who hoard both in and out of their homes. Dr. Umbach hopes to address questions you have about hoarding such as:
When is clutter considered a problem?
What is the impact of clutter?
What is the difference between collecting and hoarding?
Where does hoarding come from?
What can be done to help individuals who hoard?
*Information gathered from Children of Hoarders website.