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

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

by Geralin Thomas


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From Hoarding to Hope is a guidebook for clinicians, social workers, home health-care workers, public-health officials and related agencies, professional organizers, and animal control personnel.

Geralin Thomas, an organizing expert featured on A&E's TV show Hoarders, and other related professionals offer a compassionate, multidimensional, comprehensive approach to understanding hoarding disorder and hoarding tendencies. Experts address the following questions and more: Does compulsive shopping or OCD lead to hoarding? How and where should contaminated items be disposed of safely? Should a person with a hoarding disorder take part in the decluttering and organizing process? What are the anticipated expenses? When is it time to call in professionals? What should someone reaching out for help expect?

"No matter how hoarding affects you, Geralin's real-world examples and useful strategies will help you transition From Hoarding to Hope." - Matt Paxton, Author and Extreme Cleaner

Sections include:

  • The Face of Hoarding Disorder: Real stories from real people-the pain, the conflict, the triumphs big and small.
  • Understanding Hoarding Disorder: Why we save stuff and the difference between clutter, collecting, chronic disorganization and hoarding.
  • Successful Helping: An introduction to the complex world of hoarding and the team approach to working with hoarders.
  • Where Do I Go From Here?: Contact information for trusted resources that Thomas recommends with confidence.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781506148359
    Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
    Publication date: 04/05/2015
    Pages: 144
    Sales rank: 636,348
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

    About the Author

    Geralin Thomas, founder of Metropolitan Organizing, LLC ® offers real solutions for real people. Her approach to overcoming challenges of chaos big and small emphasizes simplicity, while she recognizes the complexities that lead to chronic disorganization. Her business is headquartered in the metro Raleigh, North Carolina area where she manages a team of organizers who help people manage and cope when clutter threatens to overrun their homes or their lives. She strategizes with clients and sets them on a course of success in practicing the art and science of getting and staying organized.

    In 2013, Geralin was named the Best Expert in Chronic Disorganization by the National Association of Professional Organizers. A former president of the North Carolina chapter of NAPO, Geralin has earned the highest level of certification in the professional organizing field. A highly respected NAPO instructor, she collaborates with new professional organizers from around the world, sharing her expertise through group teleclasses and one-on-one coaching.

    With her rich collection of techniques, tips, tactics, and tools of the organizing trade, Geralin is in demand. She has been featured in national magazines and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, A&E's Hoarders, South Africa's The Home Channel and The Nate Berkus Show.

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