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Conquer the clutter : strategies to identify, manage, and overcome hoarding
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9781421431512
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xv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Why does Cliff, a successful lawyer who regularly wins landmark cases, step over two-foot piles of paper whenever he opens his front door? Why do Joan and Paul ask Children's Services to take their three children instead of decluttering their home? Why does Lucinda feel intense pressure to hold onto her family's heirlooms even though she has no room for them? They have hoarding disorder, which an estimated 2% to 6% of the adult population worldwide experience. Conquer the Clutter offers hope to anyone affected by hoarding. Real-life vignettes, combined with easy-to-use assessment and intervention tools, support those who hoard-and those who care about them. Written by Elaine Birchall, a social worker dedicated to helping people declutter and achieve long-term control over their belongings, the book provides an overview of hoarding, defining what it is-and is not explains the difference between clutter and hoarding describes different types of hoarding in detail, including impulse shopping, "closet" hoarding, and animal hoarding debunks myths about hoarding and hoarders explores the effects that hoarding has on relationships, on work, and on physical and financial health presents a practical, step-by-step plan of action for decluttering contains dedicated advice from individuals who have successfully overcome their hoarding disorder The most comprehensive work about hoarding on the market, Conquer the Clutter discusses special populations who are not often singled out, such as the disabled and the elderly, and includes numerous worksheets to assist individuals in determining the scope of their hoarding disorder and tackling the problem. Over 40 pages of additional resources are available online at jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/conquer-clutter.
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Why does Cliff, a successful lawyer who regularly wins landmark cases, step over two-foot piles of paper whenever he opens his front door? Why do Joan and Paul ask Children's Services to take their three children instead of decluttering their home? Why does Lucinda feel intense pressure to hold onto her family's heirlooms even though she has no room for them? They have hoarding disorder, which an estimated 2% to 6% of the adult population worldwide experience.

Conquer the Clutter offers hope to anyone affected by hoarding. Real-life vignettes, combined with easy-to-use assessment and intervention tools, support those who hoard--and those who care about them. Written by Elaine Birchall, a social worker dedicated to helping people declutter and achieve long-term control over their belongings, the book

* provides an overview of hoarding, defining what it is--and is not
* explains the difference between clutter and hoarding
* describes different types of hoarding in detail, including impulse shopping, "closet" hoarding, and animal hoarding
* debunks myths about hoarding and hoarders
* explores the effects that hoarding has on relationships, on work, and on physical and financial health
* presents a practical, step-by-step plan of action for decluttering
* contains dedicated advice from individuals who have successfully overcome their hoarding disorder

The most comprehensive work about hoarding on the market, Conquer the Clutter discusses special populations who are not often singled out, such as the disabled and the elderly, and includes numerous worksheets to assist individuals in determining the scope of their hoarding disorder and tackling the problem. Over 40 pages of additional resources are available online at jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/conquer-clutter.


Author Notes

Elaine Birchall, the director of Birchall Consulting and founder of the Canadian National Hoarding Coalition, earned her master's degree in social work from Carleton University.
Suzanne Cronkwright, a technical writer and editor, earned her honors bachelor's degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
How to Navigate the Bookp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Part I Understanding Hoarding and What It Takes to Clear Your Path
Chapter 1 Overview of Hoardingp. 9
Chapter 2 Environmental and Self-Assessmentp. 43
Chapter 3 Goalsp. 67
Chapter 4 Take Back Your Lifep. 71
Chapter 5 Procrastinationp. 93
Part II Moving Forward: Inspiration from Those Who Have Gone before You
Chapter 6 The Impact of Hoarding on Families: Her Pills Haven't Worked Yetp. 121
Chapter 7 The Impact of Grief: Drowning in Lossp. 131
Chapter 8 Impulse Shopping: Can't Buy Happinessp. 139
Chapter 9 The Sandwich Generation: Overwhelming Obligationp. 157
Chapter 10 A Life Stored, Not Lived: Secondary Diogenes Syndrome in Seniorsp. 171
Chapter 11 Professional at Work, Powerless at Home: Secret Livesp. 187
Chapter 12 Disabled in Dire Straitsp. 191
Chapter 13 Home Is Where the Heart Is: Disconnecting from Your Environmentp. 197
Chapter 14 Collateral Damage: Adult Children of Hoarders, Seniors Living with Hoarders, and Neighborsp. 203
Chapter 15 The Last Wordp. 215
Part III Getting There: Resources, Tips, and Tools
Chapter 16 Resourcesp. 229
Appendix. Case Review from Birchall Consulting and Associates, Inc.p. 243
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 263