Family Support 2018-04-21T00:51:20+00:00

Support for Families

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The impact hoarding has on families can be substantial and include safety and long-lasting psychological effects. Family members often struggle with depression and anxiety associated with the clutter. Additionally, family members often struggle with guilt associated with the conditions of the home and being unable to help. If you have a family member that is struggling with issues of clutter, hoarding behavior, or hoarding disorder, it is likely that you have made many attempts to help them clean up, de-clutter, or get organized. You’ve probably read lots of articles or books on how to get organized, de-clutter, or help someone with hoarding behavior or hoarding disorder. Additionally, you are likely overwhelmed, frustrated, and possibly angry that your family member won’t accept or doesn’t appreciate your help and doesn’t see the impact clutter is having on themselves and the family.

The first step to moving forward is to accept that it is normal to be frustrated and angry with your family member and that you deserve compassion and understanding too. Next is being able to understand what isn’t working for you and your family member. The great majority of information available on organizing and decluttering is not geared towards someone struggling with excessive clutter, hoarding behavior, or hoarding disorder. As such, it does not take into account the mental health aspect such as strong emotional attachments, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or ADD/ADHD. It doesn’t provide alternatives for someone who struggles with difficulty making decisions, categorizing, or organizing. Additionally, the topic of trauma and loss and how this relates to your issue with clutter are not taken into account when suggesting ‘easy fixes’.

Just like any other family struggling with mental health issues, learning to effectively cope and set healthy boundaries that benefit your well-being, is difficult to do on your own. The most successful family members are those that have professional guidance and the support of others who share their lived experience. That being said, resources and support for families affected by hoarding disorder are few and far between.

As a member of The Clutter Movement, you will be guided by Marnie Matthews, MSW, LICSW, a trained and experienced mental health professional that specializes in all areas of clutter, hoarding behavior, hoarding disorder, and crisis case management. Under Marnie’s guidance, members will have access to the following supports and resources:

Individual Support Family Support Professional Support
$25 per month

15% annual payment discount!

$25 per month

15% annual payment discount!

$45 per month

15% annual payment discount!

Weekly 60 minute Live coaching, discussion, and Q&A session facilitated by specialist in hoarding disorder. Alternating weekly times to accommodate most work schedules and time zones. Weekly 60 minute Live coaching, discussion, and Q&A session facilitated by specialist in hoarding disorder. Alternating weekly times to accommodate most work schedules and time zones. Weekly Live virtual office hours for direct assistance on case/program/task force/town consultation, and general Q&A facilitated by experienced professional specializing in hoarding disorder, crisis case management, program & task force development.

Alternating weekly times to accommodate most work schedules and time zones.

Access to 7 topic specific groups to connect with other community members around shared experiences.

Forums and live chat options available for:

  • ADHD
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Family Dynamics
  • Goal Posts
  • Sorting it Out
  • Clutter Support
  • Clutter Free Zone
Access to 6 topic specific groups to connect with other community members around shared  experiences.

Forums and live chat options available for:  

  •  Adult Child Challenges
  • Growing Up in Clutter
  • Family Dynamics
  • Detaching with Love
  • Partnered with Clutter
  • Open Topic Family Support
Access to 6 topic specific groups to connect with other community members around shared experiences.

Forums and live chat  options available for:

  • Agency/Program Matters
  • Direct Intervention Support
  • Getting in the Door
  • Mental Health Briefings
  • Task Force Talk
  • Open Topic Professional Support
Clutter Buddies dedicated private community phone line for 24/7 group de-cluttering opportunities with no limits on participation!  24/7 access to up-to-date training modules on all aspects of Hoarding Disorder including understanding, identifying, assessing, and addressing hoarding situations.
Monthly community wide Webinar on all aspects of clutter, hoarding behavior, and hoarding disorder. Developed to bring everyone affected together for collaborative education and training. Monthly community wide Webinar on all aspects of clutter, hoarding behavior, and hoarding disorder. Developed to bring everyone affected together for collaborative education and training. Monthly community wide Webinar on all aspects of clutter, hoarding behavior, and hoarding disorder. Developed to bring everyone affected together for collaborative education and training.
24/7 access to library of video and print resources and tools including past Live groups, Webinars, and new content added throughout each month. 24/7 access to library of video and print resources and tools including past Live groups, Webinars, and new content added throughout each month. 24/7 access to library of video and print resources and tools including past Live groups, Webinars, and new content added throughout each month.
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