Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding
By: Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, Jerome Burbrick, PhD, Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, MD
Platform: Paperback Madison Public Library
The authors do a really great job of helping people figure out if they may suffer with hoarding. I can not tell you how often I receive a phone call from a potential client and they say they think that they are a hoarder. Then after some discussion and a hands on session, it is quickly determined that they are not. Chapter one quickly and easily covers what I see most often inside the homes of folks who are truly struggling with hoarding tendencies, i.e. the types of materials as well as how they got there. Another really great connection is made with co-morbid diagnosis. They do list some of the most common conditions. Rarely do I see a client who hoards not having some additional diagnosis. I think it is great for clients to be able to see the connection.
Then they go into why someone would seek treatment before getting into the gem of this book which describes for clients how to use flashcards to work on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on their own. CBT helps clients discover their thoughts and distortions and work through rational steps to overcome the thoughts and ultimately behaviors. Overall, I thought that the CBT portion of this book was my biggest take-away. Helping clients understand that unless you change your thoughts and behaviors, your surroundings will stay the same is very important to me. I highly suggest consulting a therapist to work through CBT. They are trained to walk you through the steps to change your thought process and behaviors. As an organizer, my primary focus is the actual stuff. and how to manage how it comes in, goes out and how to improve the quality of your life in your home. Therapy is needed work through the emotional side of clutter
My only hesitation with the process was the way they go about sorting. In lieu of the "save" stuff being mixed up, I prefer having boxes with like items sorted. For instance, if there are many office supplies I would label a save box for that rather than having some of those materials throughout multiple boxes. Otherwise it seems like you wold be sorting keep and toss, and then having to go through all the keep boxes and sort those again.
I would recommend this book to clients., and although I am not a fan of their sort process, it works for some and is better than no process at all!
Keep calm and Sort on!