Extreme Hoarding: NYC Team Tackles Disaster, Mess and The Mind

Extreme Hoarding: NYC Team Tackles Disaster, Mess and The Mind

In the frantic aftermath of a gas explosion last year that leveled three nearby buildings, the firefighters who arrived to evacuate Adam Chrin’s fourth-floor apartment were confronted by an entirely different disaster. They found him nearly entombed in filth and squalor, amid hoarded, floor-to-ceiling piles of old newspapers, rumpled clothes, books, shopping bags, food scraps, knickknacks and stacks of old records. It was almost like walking through a disaster zone. “It was like walking through a minefield,” said the 67-year-old Chrin, recalling how the firefighters could barely get inside. It was that moment of fear mixed with shame that prompted

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Hoarding In The Spotlight

Hoarding In The Spotlight

Hoarding has come under the spotlight recently as more and more cases have been revealed in various parts of the world, particularly in Singapore. A middle-aged man had to be taken away from his home last year as volunteers cleared piles of trash from his Housing Board (HDB) flat after an intervention from the town council – the sight of his “belongings” being discarded was too much for him to bear. Elsewhere, a retired engineer hoarded numerous electrical items even though they were spoilt or backdated. He insisted he would refurbish them and make them into useful items once more.

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What’s the best treatment for cat hoarders?

What's the best treatment for cat hoarders?

“We all know the stereotype of the “crazy cat lady”. An older woman living alone with 12 cats in a stinky house. But extreme animal hoarding can result in pets becoming sick or dying. In these cases, what is the best way to prevent repeat behavior?” This is quite an interesting piece which tackles animal hoarding and looks at the effects of animal hoarding as well as the treatment that is currently available for people. “In December 2015, animal welfare agents discovered a woman in Pitman, New Jersey., who housed nearly 130 cats in deplorable conditions. The level of ammonia

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7 Signs That Your Friend Might Be A Hoarder

7 Signs That Your Friend Might Be A Hoarder

Many of us might believe that hoarding is a problem that only happens on TV. Some people may never consider that their friend could be a hoarder. Thanks to reality shows, the disorder is seen as a problem that afflicts only recluses or peculiar old people, whose hoarding habits escalate to the point where they become life-or-death issues. In the real world, however, hoarding isn’t a disorder that can only happen to “certain” people, and it isn’t a disorder that is always “obvious.” Though anyone can become a hoarder, the Anxiety And Depression Association Of America notes that it is

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Turning Collector Items Into Brilliant Art

Turning Collector Items Into Brilliant Art

While the rest of the art world remains in thrall to the whims of wealthy collectors, the New Museum in Manhattan is celebrating a different kind of collector: the ragpicker, the personal archivist, the obsessive-compulsive hoarder of stuff—some of it precious and some apparently valueless. With more than 4,000 objects from over two dozen collections, “The Keeper” is a sprawling, four-floor exhibit devoted to the art of collecting things, examining not just the method behind the keeper’s madness but the keeper himself. What does the process of curating and cataloguing objects reveal about the individual collector? What do our collections say

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Cutting Through the Squalor: Making Sense of Hoarding

Cutting Through the Squalor: Making Sense of Hoarding

In Brisbane, 45,000 households are in a state of squalor – no better than pigsties – yet this is not because their occupants are lazy or slothful, rather they suffer from hoarding disorder. Hoarders collect and save so many possessions – often junk – which can be piled from floor to ceiling and can render entire rooms unusable. In extreme cases the whole house can be overrun. Sometimes keeping large numbers of pets, often in squalid conditions exacerbates the problem. “Overall in Queensland we don’t have data on hoarding, but we know in Brisbane it affects 45,000 properties,” Melissa Horton,

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Dublin Hoarder Forced to Sleep on Doorstep

Dublin Hoarder Forced to Sleep on Doorstep

A man in Ireland has crammed his flat so full of his and other peoples refuse that he has been sleeping on the doorstep of his own home for the past 12 years. “David O’Reilly of the Macken Villa flat complex off Dublin’s Pearse Street this week told the Sunday World he’d prefer to sleep inside his own flat, but his bizarre compulsion to collect other people’s litter has left him a prisoner outside his own front door.” This is quite an intriguing article. David was interviewed outside of his house and seemed reluctant to answer some questions. His neighbours

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Montreal born author delivers message of overcoming cluttered childhood

Montreal born author delivers message of overcoming cluttered childhood

An author in America, Judy Batalion, has given an insight into what it was like for her to grow up in a cluttered home and how she overcame this throughout her childhood to become what she describes as a ‘militant minimalist.’ People have often asked her why she didn’t just clean up the mess while she was living with her mother. She did try one time. “At age 15 or 16, Batalion ran home from a party and started cleaning up some of the mess in her mother’s kitchen. When her mother arrived and saw what was happening, she was

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Finding Clarity Through Clutter

Finding Clarity Through Clutter

Today we’re taking a look at a very interesting article which explains how you could find clarity within your clutter. Matthew Morris, who wrote the article and deals with people who suffer hoarding disorder, said that: “The people I meet have come to realize, or they have been told, that they have a problem with clutter in their homes. They mostly have one thing in common. Nearly all of them say to me, “I have watched those hoarding programmes on the TV, and that is not me!”  They are terrified of what they see on their screens, and the very

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Cleanup Specialist provides unique cleaning service for lonely Koreans

Cleanup Specialist provides unique cleaning service for lonely Koreans

We are currently looking at a man by the name of Kim Sae-byul who offers one of the most unique cleaning services in all of Korea. As stated in the article: “His company, named “Bio Hazzard,” offers cleaning services after murders, suicides and unattended deaths in private homes. He is also often contacted by South Korean hoarders, who have inability to discard large quantities of objects – including food garbage and animal feces – that literally overwhelm the living areas of their properties.” The clean up service can clean out some of the loneliest places in Korea and while this may be

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