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6 Tips for Dealing With the Aftermath of a Family Hoarder With each thing I tossed or sold at a yard sale, I felt guilty. I felt as if I was throwing pieces of my grandma away. It pained me to sell bags of expensive yarn for a dollar, knowing that my grandmother’s hoarding and compulsive shopping habits had led her to foreclosing her house in 2007, six years after her husband passed away. –

woman and her clutter Is Your Loved One Hoarding? If your loved one is hoarding, you may be desperate for ideas about how to help. You probably have already figured out that trying to reason with the person or throwing away excess possessions isn’t effective, and may actually have exacerbated the issue.  – Psychology Today

shelves full of cansTreating People Who Hoard: What Works for Clients & Families  Popular “intervention” TV shows have begun dramatizing the clutter associated with hoarding: newspapers piled from floor to ceiling, clothes and linens stacked on furniture, stuff everywhere with only a narrow path to walk through a house. Extreme cases—where stray animals are packed into a small apartment or so many items have been accumulated that floors collapse—illustrate the severity of some instances of hoarding. – Social Work Today

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