The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life

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We all have treasured possessions—a favorite pair of shoes, a much-beloved chair, an ever-expanding record collection. But sometimes,
this emotional attachment to our belongings can spiral out of control and culminate into a condition called compulsive hoarding. From hobbyists and collectors to pack rats and compulsive shoppers—it is close to impossible for hoarders to relinquish their precious objects,
even...
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Overview

We all have treasured possessions—a favorite pair of shoes, a much-beloved chair, an ever-expanding record collection. But sometimes,
this emotional attachment to our belongings can spiral out of control and culminate into a condition called compulsive hoarding. From hobbyists and collectors to pack rats and compulsive shoppers—it is close to impossible for hoarders to relinquish their precious objects,
even if it means that stuff takes over their lives and their homes.

According to psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio, our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. Even though it may not regularly interfere with our everyday lives, to some degree or another, many of us hoard.

The Hoarder in You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she's encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples—no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Schoppa
[Zasio's] book should help people deal with the clutter in their lives, recognize the merits of decluttering and take a more rational stance toward their possessions.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
The hit A&E series Hoarders has viewers glued to their television, gasping at the horror of other people's lives. In her first book, Zasio, the show's featured doctor, helps everyone learn to control their relationship with "stuff." For the compulsive hoarders and the ordinary collectors, Zasio offers insightful information and educated solutions for transforming relationships with material things, a core issue for many that struggle with hoarding. Sidebars in each chapter address important questions like, "Does Your Clutter Cause Conflict?" and "Are You Sentimental or Stuck?," which forces readers to examine what they buy and hold onto. An eye-opening look at hoarders, Zasio's book is an easy to read, well-organized guide to improving your life and reforming the way you look at the mundane. Agency: Fletcher & Company. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Together, author and narrator create a listening experience that is welcoming and thoughtful, rather than belittling and incendiary." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609618964
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 225,012
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author


Robin Zasio, Psy.D., LCSW, is the host of Animal Planet's series My Extreme Animal Phobia and a featured doctor on the Emmy Award–winning hit A&E series Hoarders.

Cassandra Campbell has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks and directed many more. She has been nominated for and won multiple Audie Awards, as well as a prestigious Odyssey Award, and she has been awarded more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. Cassandra was also named a Best Voice by AudioFile for 2009 and 2010.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Pack Rats, Clutterers, and Compulsive Hoarders 1

Chapter 2 Our Love Affair with Stuff 19

Chapter 3 "You Love Your Stuff More Than Me" 53

Chapter 4 Placing Yourself on the Continuum 73

Chapter 5 When It's Time to Take Charge 95

Chapter 6 The Desire To Acquire: Pulling Yourself Out of Hunter-Gatherer Mode 115

Chapter 7 Clearing the Clutter 137

Chapter 8 Room By Room 163

Chapter 9 Keeping Your Life Clutter-Free 189

Acknowledgments 199

Appendix A Compulsive Hoarding Saved Items Questionnaire 201

Appendix B Dr. Robin's Love Your Life List 207

Index 211

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