Did you know that I LOVE working with hoarders?
I am often asked why I love working with this amazing group of people. I understand why people want to know because the work conditions can be dangerous and sometimes hazardous. Many of my clients are depressed and overwhelmed. Many have suffered severe trauma. For many, that may be a challenging group of people to work with.
I love working with hoarders because no matter what, I see the bright side. Even the most extreme cases bring stories of joy. Despite all the current struggles, there is still a fighter within all of our clients. They have a fire that burns deep inside.
When my team helps someone save his or her home or repair a strain on a marriage due to extreme clutter, we help fuel that flame. We help remind them of a time when they were happy, and we help them get their lives back on track. I am honored to share such a sacred time in their lives.
Here are three reasons why I love working with Hoarding Disorder clients:
1. They see a use for everything. A broken piece of ceramic can be created into mosaic, hair can be composted, or a milk carton can double as a flowerpot. Their ideas are endless. I am so grateful to my Collectors for debating, arguing and literally showing me your points. I never would have known the many ways to reuse a bread twist tie. Your creativity is boundless. THANK YOU for being so resourceful.
2. They make it work. It doesn’t matter if my clients are teetering across five feet of garbage, or stacking boxes in a corner with magazines and important mail, they know how to make it work. They are skilled survivalists climbing over and under to get a drink of water or sleeping on their beds with everything but the kitchen sink. I am in awe of their ability to adapt.
3. They make me laugh. Laughing is good for the mind, body and soul. Even in the most severe cases, we are able to find humor. Even with the pressure of eviction, divorce or family members launching attacks, we find ourselves laughing throughout the day. After going through the 50th large home depot box of mystery items, and the 3,000 garments in the closet, you really get to know someone well. Everyone is exhausted, emotions have run high, and laughter and joking are much needed. The majority of my clients can find humor in their collections and situations.
As a side note, I LOVE going through your mystery boxes. Thank you for your time capsules and random acts of organizing.
If you are a Hoarder, what do you love about yourself? If you have a friend, family member or loved one who is a hoarder, what do you love about them? Share in the comments below.
If you are a hoarder, can you see the beauty in where you are right now? Can you acknowledge the good of your hoarding disorder?
Are you a hoarder ready to make some changes? Have a loved one who is a hoarder and needs help? Collector Care works with hoarders, extreme clutter and getting people organized.
Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help you compassionately work with your hoarder or clear your extreme clutter.