Astonishing pictures show the interior of a severely hoarded home

Astonishing pictures show the interior of a severely hoarded home

A Hoarded Home These astonishing photos paint the picture of the interior of a severely hoarded home. Frenchman Jean, aged 60, suffers from Diogenes syndrome which is also known as senile squalor syndrome. The syndrome is characterised by withdrawal, compulsive hoarding and self-neglect. Furthermore the condition has meant Jean now lives a very negative lifestyle. Jean has to live off things he finds in bins and money from an inheritance due to Diogenes syndrome. These emotional images give us a sharp look into the reality of life as a hoarder. It also shows how the condition can affect and take over one’s

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‘Swedish death cleaning’ is the new decluttering trend

'Swedish death cleaning' is the new decluttering trend

A rather interesting new decluttering ‘trend’ has recently started doing the rounds and catching attention. Not just for it’s unusual name but also for the actual process involved. There are a number of ways that you can ‘complete’ ‘Swedish death cleaning’. This is because the end goal is always the same. It sounds scary but it is actually a very good idea and one that, when put into practice, could specifically help out your loved ones in years to come. Take a look at this article posted by Treehugger which goes into detail about the specifics of ‘Swedish death cleaning’,

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Hoarders are Confronting Clutter With the Use of Virtual Reality

Hoarders are Confronting Clutter With the Use of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Hoarders are taking new steps to confront clutter, through the use of virtual reality. In this article provided by Motherboard, they simulate hoarding in VR to see how it affects them. They said: How would you feel standing in a cramped room surrounded by garbage, newspapers, and random camping equipment? Turns out, even when this mess is simulated in virtual reality, it’s pretty stressful. I know this because I recently participated in a VR study of hoarders, who are using the technology to confront their disorders. Researchers out of Ryerson University in Toronto are conducting a study to

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Youngest hoarding specialist in the US takes on the Eastside

Youngest hoarding specialist in the US takes on the Eastside

Hoarding Specialist The youngest hoarding specialist in the US has decided to take on the East side of America. Erica DiMiele’s home is immaculate — everything in its place. She even has her underwear and sock draw labeled. “It looks like a serial killer lives there,” she said. DiMiele has kept a neat, clean, organized home since birth. She was also known for tidying up her friend’s desks in elementary and middle school. But DiMiele’s day job as a chronic disorganization and hoarding specialist takes her deep into the chaotic mess of others. DiMiele, 27, is the youngest hoarding expert in

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The reasons why we all have a little hoarder in us

The reasons why we all have a little hoarder in us

Most of us have a little hoarder inside us and it’s fashionable these days to declutter, downsize and strive for simplicity. Whatever you call it, most of us find it hard to toss out junk and embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Why? Blame it on your inner hoarder. Granted, most of us aren’t pathological hoarders and won’t wind up on TV with stuff piled to the rafters. But we may hang on to more possessions than we should and have trouble emptying drawers, tossing papers and parting with “treasures” that slipped off our radars long ago. Here’s a look at the

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Hoarded home sold for $3 million – $500,000 above reserve

Hoarded home sold for $3 million - $500,000 above reserve

A much loved hoarder A home that used to belong to a much loved local hoarder has sold for an eye watering $3 million in the suburb of Bronte in Australia. The house was very sought after due to it’s favourable location near the sea. It boasted lovely ocean views and is a fantastic opportunity for a property developer to come in and make their own stamp on the area. The house used to belong to much loved hoarder Ernie Towell who sadly passed away in May after a battle with leukaemia. Despite battling with hoarding disorder for all of

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Hoarders need support and understanding – raising awareness for hoarding

Hoarders need support and understanding - raising awareness for hoarding

Hoarding Support Hoarding is a condition that has had little support in recent years. It has even been under appreciated or misunderstood by some people. People hoard for different reasons: they collect things excessively, are bad at organizing or they simply just can’t let go. When Jennifer Morris’ sister died, her mother began to hoard her clothing. “If she can keep a portion of them, or a reminder of them, my sister will still be there,” Morris said. “So she can still have a piece of it.” Morris joined around 20 others Tuesday night for a presentation by certified professional

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Understanding Categorisation in Hoarding

Understanding Categorisation in Hoarding

Categorisation of Hoarding The University of Bath are currently looking to understand the categorisation of hoarding by conducting some research into the subject. Compulsive Hoarding affects between 1.5-6% of the population. We know that hoarding has a considerable impact on not just the individual but on their immediate (family, friends and neighbours) and wider societal system. Treatment success can be very variable. Individuals with Hoarding difficulties have been proposed to have difficulties in categorising objects. This study seeks to explore this further through asking participants to complete a series of different categorisation tasks. Having a clearer understanding of categorisation in hoarding

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Why taking depression medication can help to stop hoarding tendencies…

Why taking depression medication can help to stop hoarding tendencies...

A throwaway society We may live in a throwaway society — but up to two million people in the UK are compulsive hoarders. According to new research, it first becomes a problem in during a person’s 30’s. It also affects more people with age, with seven per cent of the over-70s affected. Hoarding is not just about holding on to your children’s school paintings. It is defined as the excessive collection of items that often appear to have no value, coupled with an inability to get rid of them. According to the NHS, those affected acquire an excessive number of

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Government block law that could of saved hoarding couple killed in fire

Government block law that could of saved hoarding couple killed in fire

A new law – blocked by Government The Government has refused to give fire crews new powers that could have helped save two hoarders who died in a fire. Pensioners Clare and Robert Cain were found dead under the debris after a blaze engulfed their home on Mather Avenue in Allerton last October. A hoarding habit meant their house was so full it may have trapped them inside. This prevented fire crews getting in to help the couple, an investigation found. They had been living in just a single room of their three-bed home. All rooms in the house were

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