The Secret Lives of Hoarders

The Secret Lives of Hoarders

True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

Book - 2011
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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 collection of mermaid 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 cleanup 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 find meaning in the chaos.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780399536656
Branch Call Number: 616.85227/PAXTON
Characteristics: xvii, 238 p. ; ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hise, Phaedra


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Oct 06, 2011

If you are starting to accumulate piles in your home, this is a good book to read. The best thing with hoarding is to nip it in the bud before you become overwhelmed. Very interesting how hoarding develops, and how it harms family and other relationships, and even affects detrimentally personal safety.


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