Today’s topic is about the question I get asked most often:
“Do you just go around cleaning up hoarders homes?”
The answer, in a nutshell, is NO.
People truly classified as having a hoarding syndrome need much more than just someone coming in and tidying up. In fact, this on its own is the last thing they need. For them the biggest issues aren’t the piles of stuff they collect, it’s the intense psychological processes and blocks that control them. Only when these are dealt with can they begin to understand the role their possessions play, and therefore which possessions to value over others, i.e. which items they truly need to keep and look after well.
The average Professional Organising client is a busy family, or professional who just doesn’t have the time to sort through all the things that have come into their lives in the last few months or years. These people would love to release the burden of having the job hanging over them, and once the job is done they feel freed up to focus on more important things.
Maybe they have a lovely garage space full of gear while their car weathers in the driveway. Or maybe their spare room is no longer somewhere they’re proud to offer to guests. Maybe they keep buying odds and ends every weekend because they can’t find the supplies they already have.
Everyone has stuff to look after, important things to do and only a set amount of hours in the day. Time doesn’t stand still and you want to get the most out of this life while you can. Imagine you and I clearing all that clutter. What would you say to me when it was all done?