Recently, the once little-known condition of hoarding has become a household phrase-in part due to the popularity of the Emmy Award-winning television show Hoarders, which has captivated audiences with its stark and heartbreaking look at the people who suffer from this paralyzing condition.
Contributing expert to Hoarders Dr. Robin Zasio believes that our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. In The Hoarder in You, Dr. Zasio shares behind-the-scenes stories from the show, including some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she's encountered-and explains how readers can learn from these extreme examples. She also shares psychological and practical advice for de-cluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on cluter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety.
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Table of Contents
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
Appendix A Compulsive Hoarding Saved Items Questionnaire 201
Appendix B Dr. Robin's Love Your Life List 207