HOPE FOR HOARDING
Do you have trouble discarding
unimportant or useless items?
Many individuals who hoard assign
value to items that other people
consider to be useless, such as old
newspapers, magazines, or broken
Does your stuff prevent you
from using any part of your
Many individuals who hoard are only
able to access their home via a
narrow path. On either side of this
path objects can be stacked or piled
a few feet high. Some cannot
access major Kitchen appliances
and therefore can no longer prepare
meals at home.
Can you pass up a sale for stuff
you don’t really need, or are you
tempted to buy the stuff because
it’s such a great deal?
Many individuals who hoard simply
cannot resist a bargain or a great
Can you fully open all exterior
doors in your home?
Many individuals who hoard struggle
to open one door 18 inches wide.
Often, the secondary exterior door is
Can you find what you need,
when you need it, or do you buy
Many individuals who hoard will buy
the same items over and over
because they are unable to locate
the item they need when they need it.
Are you embarrassed to have
people in your home?
Many individuals who hoard have
not had anyone in their home in
years, including service
professionals to make basic repairs.
Compulsive hoarding is a serious issue, especially when it becomes a threat to the safety or
well-being of you or a loved one. Hoarding is different for every individual. The information on
this page is a result of our continued professional education and our experiences working
directly with individuals with hoarding tendencies as well as chronically disorganized individuals
and families. We hope it helps you to better understand hoarding and how we can help you or
“Safety First” Strategy
We typically use a team approach that incorporates a “Safety First” strategy to make sure your
home is safe for you to eat, sleep, and live. A team approach allows the sessions to be more
productive and cost-effective, thus saving you time and money.
Your safety is our priority. We help you to clear areas so that you are able to:
- Open all exterior doors fully.
- Move easily throughout your home.
- Cook safely in your kitchen.
- Sleep comfortably in your bedroom.
- Access all areas of your home.
- Achieve the goals you have set for yourself and your life ahead.
Hoarding is something you will most likely deal with everyday for many years to come. It is a slow
process and there is no magic formula or quick fix. We believe that if you actively participate in
the decision-making process, you will have a more desirable outcome and increase the
likelihood of lasting change. It is also common for a licensed clinical psychologist or therapist to
be involved in order to monitor your mental well-being during the process. If you are not already
working with a therapist, we will connect you with one, when necessary.
Commitment to Recycling
Throughout the process we will recycle as much as possible, when practical to do so, to avoid
sending more than necessary to a landfill. Items we recycle include newspapers, magazines,
office paper, junk mail, cardboard, plastics (#1-5 & #7), glass jars, aluminum cans, batteries, and
some electronics. In most cases we will transport the recyclable items to the recycling drop-off
center for you.
During our initial phone conversation with you we will ask questions to determine your readiness
to take action and develop insight into how you process information and make decisions.
Generally, if you are aware of what needs to be done and have an open mind to change, it will
be easier for us to help you.
We are your support team. We are here to help you, not judge you. Our team is ready and
equipped to help you clear a path to your future. Call or email us today. It's never too late to
get started and improve your life!
The two basic components of hoarding are
acquiring and failing to discard items. Items
can be acquired at a normal rate (daily
newspapers, incoming mail, magazines, etc)
or an accelerated rate (bargain shopping,
garage sales, trash-picking, freebies, etc.),
but acquisition alone doesn't always create a
problem. Trouble begins when the individual
has difficulty making decisions, difficulty
discarding items, or finds a reason to save
each item that enters his/her home. As a
result, objects slowly accumulate in the form
of random piles scattered throughout the
home. The volume of items saved becomes
unmanageable and eventually the individual
will not be able to access Kitchen appliances,
furniture, entire rooms, and even household
mechanicals such as the furnace or hot water
|MOORE ORGANIZATION LLC
Helping you make the most of your time and space.
ANN MARIE MOORE
Life Organizing Expert / Productivity Consultant