This month, we’ve talked a bit about hoarding disorder – myths vs. reality. If you think you have a loved one who hoards, you know it’s very hard to start a discussion with that person. There is still a huge stigma around mental illness and there’s still a lot we don’t know about hoarding. We do know that people who hoard carry a huge level of shame about their problem and it greatly affects the entire family. Here are some resources for families of hoarders.
Hoarders.com and HoardingCleanup.com – Both of these companies are owned by Cory Chalmers, one of the experts you’ve likely seen if you’ve ever watched ‘Hoarders’ on A&E or Lifetime. I worked with Cory on an episode of Hoarders a few years ago. He is a warm, relaxed, and compassionate professional. I couldn’t recommend his companies highly enough.
ClutterCleaner is owned by Matt Paxton, also of ‘Hoarders’ fame. Matt is ‘what you see is what you get’, which I love. Funny, smart, and he cares deeply about the people he helps. ClutterCleaner’s website is also chockful of information about hoarding, including teleclasses on hoarding and helping loved ones who hoard.
Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is a wonderful organization founded by Judith Kolberg, an trailblazer in hoarding work and research (and an all-around lovely human being). The ICD offers thorough information on hoarding, resources for families of hoarders, and educational resources for professionals, too.
Children of Hoarders offers a great variety of resources for families of hoarders, with education, support groups (in person and online) and a directory of therapists and psychologists who are trained in anxiety disorders, OCD, and hoarding.