Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Books

The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

By Matt Paxton


On the front lines with extreme hoarders

The Secret Lives of

Hoarders is much more than harrowing tales of

attacking the ugliest, dirtiest, and most shocking hoarding cases in the country. It is a behind-the

-scenes look at this hidden epidemic- what it means, how to recognize it before it

gets out of hand, and how to deal with it.

Through his work with hundreds of clients in the

worst circumstances- from the giant "rat's nest" that hid more than $13,000 in cash to a vast cache of cartoon pornography to twenty-five years' worth of unopened mail-Matt Paxton has learned to understand this disorder and his clients' impulses to collect, to speak the hoarders'

language, and to reach out to them with compassion and concern while avoiding

criticism and judgment. Most important, he guides compulsive hoarders

successfully through every step of the clean-up and healing process.

The Secret Lives of Hoarders is an engrossing and sometimes unsettling

look at extreme clutter but one that helps hoarders, their families, and their

friends to find meaning in the chaos..." Amazon link

The Hoarder in You

by Dr. Robin Zasio

Pub. Date: November 2011


The once little-known condition of hoarding has become a household phrase—in part due to the popularity of the Emmy Award–winning television show Hoarders, which has captivated audiences with its stark and heartbreaking look at the people who suffer from this paralyzing condition.

Our fascination with hoarding stems, according to Dr. Robin Zasio, from the fact that we all fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. From compulsive shoppers to hobbyists and collectors to ordinary, run-of-the-mill pack rats—to some degree or another, we all hoard.

Dr. Zasio shares behind-the-scenes stories from the show, including some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered—and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples. She also shares psychological and practical advice for de-cluttering and organizing, including how to:

-tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things

-make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter

-create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety..." Amazon link

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