Digging Out: Helping Your Loved Once Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring
By: michael A Tompkins PhD, Tamara L Hartl PhD
Platform: Kindle Fire eBook LINKcat
If you are a family member concerned about a loved one's accumulation of stuff, this book is for you. It walks you through the thought processes of people struggling with hoarding tendencies.
The book clearly covers: the definition of compulsive hoarding, how to help them accept help, and how to help them in a loving way. Harm Reduction is a big focus of this book and crucial to some people who will not agree to clearing the property. It focuses on keeping them safe in their homes and setting goals and boundaries. They also provide the structure for building a contract with your loved one and managing the harm reduction process. It is a wonderful tool for both families and professionals. I would highly suggest this book!
Working in creative spaces like artists studios, sewing rooms and craft rooms are by far one of the most rewarding organizing projects for me. They can also be one of the most challenging organizing projects due to the volume of small pieces that often need to be sorted. As with any organizing project, I can not project how I would use the space, rather I have to take the time, ask lots of questions and find out how the client uses the space…or WANTS to use the space.
Where do we start on these types of projects?
I have sent many people to the Recycling Center on Badger Road, but today was my first visit. It is easy to find, go North on Fish Hatchery from the belt line, then turn left at Badger Road. The facility is located at the end of the road on the left. Go in to the front door with proof of residency (ID or utility bill.) They will give you directions on where to put your refuse. I was dropping off a microwave. (For appliances you need to purchase a sticker available at Madison libraries.) It was simple enough to drive back and throw it in the bin.
If you have questions about what can be recycled, check out www.cityofmadison.com/streets, call West Streets 608.266.4681 or East Streets 608.246.4532
Did you know that in 2014, Madison added plastic bags as an allowable material for your recycling cart!?! Please put them in a plastic bag and tie closed so they do not blow away!
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