Waunakee Library Hand Out

February 12, 2019

An Introduction to Hoarding Disorder


Stay positive. Be patient. Practice empathy and compassion.

DO NOT JUDGE. A person who hoards often experiences a lot of shame.


Possible factors in development of Hoarding Disorder: Scarcity, OCD/anxiety, depression, ADHD/Adult ADHD, grief/loss, autism, traumatic brain injury.


Hoarding Disorder can be progressive with age. 


Objects are important to client so treat items with respect.


Reasons to keep objects: Utilitarian, sentimental, beauty, scarcity.


Check in on your neighbors, coworkers, friends, family members.


Remember that if it was just about the stuff, all clean outs would have successful outcomes.





“Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things” by Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee


“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” Marie Kondo


Clutter image rating 1 to 9 http://hoardingdisordersuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/clutter-image-ratings.pdf






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