Almost everyone has material things that hold sentimental value. But what happens when you are unable to discern what is worth keeping, and the thought of getting rid of anything causes you panic and grief? This is the reality for as many as 1 in 50 people. Hoarding is defined as the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value; this disease can destroy homes, lives, and families. On this episode we’ll take an in depth look into the life and struggles of a hoarder.
Hoarding is a medically diagnosable illness that can have serious mental and physical complications to be patient with those who exhibit these symptoms
To that point, If you have a friend or loved one you think may have a hoarding problem, do not invade their space and try to organize for them to quickly, move slowly and engage in proper dialogue with clinical a professional.
Being aware of your own tendencies to hold onto material things can help you prevent developing further issues. The process of hoarding can inadvertently cause other health problems from buildup such as mold, asthma, and allergies.
There is no shame is asking for help. If you fear that you may have a hoarding problem that is over your head, there are professional organizers that specialize in treating this illness.
Cheryl Munoz – Hoarder
Shelly Balser – Owner of Shelly’s High End Collectables