Monday, January 25, 2010

"Hoarders" crew digs out local dad

By Molly Snyder Edler

An upcoming episode of A&E TV's "Hoarders" -- a series about people with compulsive hoarding disorders -- will feature a Milwaukee single father of two adopted, special needs kids and the eight local professional organizers who volunteered more than 100 hours to help him get a handle on his home.

Two weeks ago, the crew came to Milwaukee to shoot the episode that will air Monday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m.

Cedarburg's Richard Taft was one of the professional organizers who volunteered to help unclutter the house. Taft is currently the marketing director for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and will soon serve as the organization's vice president.

Taft rallied eight professional organizers to help, and within two days, the group donated more than 100 hours.

"Over a two-day period, we went through the entire house, creating usable living spaces, installing storage solutions, sorting clothes and getting rid of the items that they did not need," says Taft.

The owner of the home is a single father living in Milwaukee near the airport with two adopted special needs children..."