The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

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by Matt Paxton, Phaedra Hise
     
 

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On the front lines with extreme hoarders

The Secret Lives of Hoarders is much more than harrowing tales of attacking the ugliest, dirtiest, and most shocking hoarding cases in the country. It is a behind-the-scenes look at this hidden epidemic- what it means, how to recognize it before it gets out of hand, and how to deal with it.

Through his work with

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On the front lines with extreme hoarders

The Secret Lives of Hoarders is much more than harrowing tales of attacking the ugliest, dirtiest, and most shocking hoarding cases in the country. It is a behind-the-scenes look at this hidden epidemic- what it means, how to recognize it before it gets out of hand, and how to deal with it.

Through his work with hundreds of clients in the worst circumstances- from the giant "rat's nest" that hid more than $13,000 in cash to a vast cache of cartoon pornography to twenty-five years' worth of unopened mail-Matt Paxton has learned to understand this disorder and his clients' impulses to collect, to speak the hoarders' language, and to reach out to them with compassion and concern while avoiding criticism and judgment. Most important, he guides compulsive hoarders successfully through every step of the clean-up and healing process.

The Secret Lives of Hoarders is an engrossing and sometimes unsettling look at extreme clutter but one that helps hoarders, their families, and their friends to find meaning in the chaos.

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Editorial Reviews

Forget baseball; hoarding is our real National Pastime. Matt Paxton lives on the frontlines of that obsession: When not serving as an expert on A&E's popular Hoarders, Matt presides over Clutter Cleaner, his own mess removal business. In The Secret Lives of Hoarders, he emerges from collapsing mounds of disorder to offer a fascinating commentary on this all-too-badly-hidden epidemic. With riveting precision, he describes extreme cases of people overwhelmed by their own acquisitions. Mercifully, he displays no mockery or condescension towards habitual hoarders; in fact, his approach is both understanding and compassionate. A gentle cleanup alarm.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399536656
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
491,531
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Paxton is one of the most popular experts on the hit A&E show Hoarders. Since 2006, Matt and his company, Clutter Cleaner, have worked with hundreds of clients, several of whom have appeared on the show. A popular speaker at trade shows, where he addresses issues of hoarding and senior relocation, he is a sought- after expert whose commentary has appeared on radio and television and in the press. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Visit his website at ClutterCleaner.biz Follow Matt on Twitter @ClutterCleaner

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