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When I began working with hoarders, very little had been written about hoarding, either from a psychological perspective or with regard to developing organizing strategies.

Today, you can benefit from a number of excellent, well-researched resources designed for hoarders, their loved ones, and for the professional organizers who work to improve their lives. Consider the following as required reading.

Professional Perspectives on Hoarding

The academic and medical professionals who authored the following titles are well-educated specialists with extensive expertise in the field of hoarding.

Their writing will not only help you understand the experiences of hoarding clients, but will also provide guidance to avoid pitfalls and develop and refine solid, workable solutions. Although the material may sound academic in scope, don’t be daunted!

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General Perspectives on Hoarding

The following titles were written with laymen in mind and provide clear, non-medical explanations and descriptions of the obstacles and challenges associated with helping those who hoard as well as those with related decluttering difficulties. These resources will expand your knowledge base as a professional organizer, and you may find yourself suggesting these books to the loved ones of hoarders as recommended reading.

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Non-Fiction DVDs

Consumer Psychology

Hoarding involves the obsessive acquisition of possessions. Although compulsive shopping is only one type of acquisition, understanding the underpinnings of consumer psychology will help you in your work with hoarding clients.

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    From Hoarding to Hope. Understanding People Who Hoard and How to Help Them

    Learn about hoarding tendencies from a variety of experts in this straightforward, compassionate + practical book.

    Reality TV introduced the topic of hoarders and hoarding to millions of Americans. Many joke about their “hoarding tendencies,” but few grasp the reality of what it’s like to struggle with a hoarding disorder.

    As a professional organizer, I’ve had the privilege (and sometimes the challenge) of working with clients with hoarding disorder. My hands-on experience has given me a unique understanding of the nature of the disorder and the features of the condition.