About The Clutter Movement
The Clutter Movement was first developed in March of 2016 as a facebook group to facilitate continued peer connections and professional support during times when the groups at the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering were between sessions. Many group members reported feeling anxiety and a lack of motivation during times between groups when there was limited communication with other group members and no professional support. Initially, The Clutter Movement facebook group was limited to only those attending our on-site groups. Within a short amount of time, word began to spread about the benefits of the group so we began to include members of other on-site groups outside of our program. More and more people began requesting to join the group who had no on-site groups available to them where they lived. Additionally, family members, for which there is a significant lack of support and resources, began to inquire about joining. To address this, The Clutter Movement Family Support facebook group was formed in August of 2016. Both groups are now a growing global community of support.
While the facebook groups have proven to be a great resource for support, many members still found significant barriers to accessing professional education, guidance, and crisis support resources. The most common barriers are geographic issues, lack of trained professionals, costs, and most importantly, a lack of understanding and therefore trust – which goes both ways – between those struggling and those trying to help. This is where the true mission of The Clutter Movement was born. Recognizing the need for increased access to consultations, education, resources, and supports and the need to make this information easily accessible and affordable for everyone that may be affected by clutter and hoarding behavior, The Clutter Movement has now developed into a central hub of information and support on addressing clutter and hoarding behavior. Unlike other free sites, The Clutter Movement is managed by Marnie Matthews, MSW, LICSW, a specialist in the area of hoarding behavior and crisis case management. As a member of The Clutter Movement, individuals, families, and professionals have access to professional consultations, guidance, education, tools, support, skills and strategies training, and group work.
Issues with clutter and hoarding behavior are complicated and multifaceted. The best outcomes are the result of a person-driven, multi-disciplinary collaborative approach. While there is plenty of free information on the internet about clutter and hoarding, The Clutter Movement is the only site that offers direct professional guidance, support, and education focused on bringing individuals, families, and professionals together to address this issue. The Clutter Movement provides membership options specifically targeted to the varying needs of individuals, families, and professionals in managing clutter and/or hoarding behavior. Individual and family group work is focused on skills and strategies training while professional group work is focused on consultations, training, and crisis case management.
Members of The Clutter Movement share the common purpose of working to decrease the misinformation and stigmas surrounding hoarding behavior and to making a powerful collective effort in bringing about sustainable change in themselves, each other, and the communities that they live in and serve.