Support for Individuals
If you are struggling with issues of clutter, hoarding behavior, or hoarding disorder, it is likely that you have made many attempts to get organized and/or de-clutter. You’ve probably read lots of articles or books on how to de-clutter and stay organized that ultimately were not helpful. Additionally, you are likely overwhelmed and unsure where or even how to get started. Even when you are working hard, it may seem like you’re getting nowhere.
The first step to moving forward is being able to understand what isn’t working for you. 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 doesn’t’ 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 goal of behavioral change, working on clutter is hard to do on your own. The most successful people are those that have professional guidance and the support of others who share their lived experience. That being said, having access to these resources and support is often difficult due to geographic, physical, and financial barriers.
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: