Hoarding is categorized as an anxiety disorder that affects the quality of your life and health. The central aspect of this disorder is the acquisition of, and failure to discard possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value. Confidence Coach Laure Redmond joined us to share some of the warning signs:
- Parts of a Room Become Unusable Notice when furniture has been gradually moved into the middle of the room because the outer limits have been filled higher and higher with useless objects. When the disorder maximizes, only pathways exist throughout the home to get from room to room.
- Items Saved Have No Value This can include junk mail, catalogs, magazines, and newspapers. Clothes that have not been worn in years, but you think you might want to wear them some day. Or broken appliances that you think you’ll get around to fixing.
- There is No Organization to The Clutter Things appear to be stacked precariously - at random - or messily tossed inside the room.
- The Conditions are Becoming Unsanitary Long-standing unwashed dishes and laundry, and toilets that are not scrubbed ~ can lead to homes that are dirty at best and unsanitary at worst.
- Increased Social Isolation When hoarding evolves to the point of embarrassment, the hoarder will typically turn away from friends and family in order to hide the problem. Eventually when things get bad enough, there is no comfortable place to sit in their home. Many times, children of hoarders are not allowed to invite friends over because of the embarrassed state of the household.
- Unwillingness to Give Up Items Attempts to remove items will be met by resistance and anger. Hoarders cannot be nagged into cleaning up; they need to be individually coached to deal with the emotions beneath the compulsion.
- *Lots"of Pets More animals than can be safely and effectively cared for need to be reported to Animal Services ASAP! For help in the Portland Metro area, call Animal Services at 503-988-7387 or the Oregon Humane Society at 503-285-7722 ext. 214.
You can listen to Laure on "Feel Good Naked Radio." For more helpful information, visit Laure's website. She's also available for private coaching for individuals or groups.