Time Is Slipping Away From Us All

Time Is Slipping Away From Us All

If you these last few months stuck in coronavirus quarantine have felt a little weird, you’re not alone. For me, March absolutely dragged on, while April seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye. Now, in May, I can’t remember what day it is half the time. I’m regularly shocked by the number I see on the clock — is it really 4 p.m.? I’m starting to feel like I’m enduring a perpetual time loop, reliving the same day over and over. Bleak, right? But I’m not alone. Helen Rosner, a writer for The New Yorker, Tweeted that her

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Has Hoarding Taken Over Your Home?

Has Hoarding Taken Over Your Home?

Lots of us know we probably have a bit too much stuff, and our homes would be calmer and easier to live in after a good sort-out. But for around 2-5% of the population, hoarding can be a real problem. Far more than just being untidy or collecting things, hoarding is a compulsive desire to hold on to things that may or may not have value – and the volume can get out of control, sometimes taking over people’s homes entirely. “The worst cases are often people who are really old and losing their health and mobility, and their homes

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Say hello to hoarders on screen: when film characters exhibit stockpiling

Say hello to hoarders on screen: when film characters exhibit stockpiling

We are living through desperate times. On the one hand, millions of displaced people are dying of hunger and malnutrition, while on the other, the more fortunate are hoarding, preparing for a doomsday scenario. Noble Jones’ The Tomorrow Man, a 2018 film that premièred at Sundance, now seems eerily prescient. John Lithgow plays a sexagenarian retired systems analyst in small town America, who enters into a relationship with the quirky Blythe Danner, who is in the same age bracket as him. They both have secrets, but it is Lithgow’s that is germane to this column. I’m not giving anything away

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How do I know if I’m a hoarder?

How do I know if I'm a hoarder?

Over on Facebook, I recently observed that when things get back to some semblance of normalcy, I’m likely going to emerge with some new tendencies: germophobia, agoraphobia and a suite of new habits that feel a little obsessive-compulsive. That struck a chord, judging by the comments. My friends wondered if there was such a thing as too much hand-washing? Also, while we’re all decluttering these days, is now really the best time to throw away old clothes? Maybe that fabric will come in handy when we have to start sewing our own masks, right? And, of course, the most common

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How Australia’s Hoarding Crisis Exposed A Nation’s Forgotten Anxieties

How Australia's Hoarding Crisis Exposed A Nation's Forgotten Anxieties

WE SPOKE TO A SELF-CONFESSED TP HOARDER AND FOUND THAT THE COVID-19 PANIC DIDN’T MOBILISE THE SELFISH, BUT ALSO THOSE WHO FELL VICTIM TO THEIR LONG-INGRAINED FEARS AND ANXIETIES. It’s fairly easy to look at the videos of people literally stabbing each other over a packet of toilet paper and paint them all with the same brush. In fact, in upwards of 80% of those people, said brush is probably accurate. These are the people who ignore the advice and give in to an ‘every man for himself’ mentality at the first available opportunity. They’re the panicky soccer-moms. The boomers.

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Home is where the hoard is: Advice for housing providers dealing with hoarding issues

Home is where the hoard is: Advice for housing providers dealing with hoarding issues

Hoarding, also known as ‘hoarding disorder’ and previously referred to as ‘compulsive hoarding’, can have a significant impact on the hoarder themselves, neighbours, housing staff and housing providers in a number of different ways. It has historically been a hidden, but very present, concern for housing providers. However, an increase in media interest over the last few years has significantly raised awareness and has led to this disorder being recognised by many agencies as a new priority.  However, which agency leads on a case is often a lengthy debate before support is provided, and there are many reasons a person

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The Genius of Picasso’s Hoarding Habit

The Genius of Picasso's Hoarding Habit

Picasso would have little time for today’s neat and minimalist interiors. He surrounded himself with clutter, knowing that even the tatty, mundane items other people threw away could have artistic interest. He hoarded everything, from old newspapers, scraps of wrapping paper and used envelopes, to packets of tobacco, bus tickets and paper napkins. When his piles of papers grew too high for his table tops, he would clip them together with bulldog clips and suspend them, chandelier-like, from the ceiling. By the time he died in 1973, aged 91, he had accumulated thousands of assorted bits and pieces, a number

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Twitch streamer reveals insane extent of her hoarding problem

Twitch streamer reveals insane extent of her hoarding problem

Twitch streamer Haiyun ‘Eloise’ Tang returned to the platform for the first time in over a year on February 23, and opened up to her viewers about the true extent of her hoarding issues. Eloise is a Chinese professional Hearthstone player known largely for her time with Tempo Storm, an American esports team based in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, she took a hiatus from streaming due to feeling obsessed with it, stating that she wanted to broadcast when she “felt like it” instead. Viewers had become increasingly concerned due to the fact she was living in a lot of

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Hoarding Hid This Artist’s Exceptional Work

Hoarding Hid This Artist's Exceptional Work

When my 78-mother-in-law, DeAnne Mack, died suddenly in 2018, the chore of cleaning out the Omaha, Neb. house she’d lived in for over 50 years fell to my husband and me. We weren’t looking forward to it. DeAnne, we knew, had been hoarding for decades. For my husband, the task of sifting through piles of his mother’s possessions — at first sight, mostly dime store junk and trash — unearthed long-held feelings of shame, embarrassment and anger. DeAnne’s hoarding had been a constant battle between the two of them for years. There was begging, threats and finally, punishment when my

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Great Yarmouth blaze: Coroner warns of hoarding risks

Great Yarmouth blaze: Coroner warns of hoarding risks

A coroner examining the death of a compulsive shopper who died in a blaze in her cluttered flat has warned of the risks of hoarding. Yasmin Siddiqi, 41, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, died on 26 October 2018. Assistant Coroner Simon Milburn ruled her death was an accident caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. He said the risks of smoking in her cluttered home should “have triggered actions”. Norfolk County Council has yet to comment. The inquest was told that Ms Siddiqi had suffered mental health problems for more than 20 years and had been under the care of adult social

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