Hoarding is a topic that we at Unclutterer feel should be part of the uncluttering conversation. Hoarding is a serious medical condition, usually linked to obsessive compulsive disorder, which can take over someone’s life and living space.
The other day, I discovered the website Hoardhouse. It is a project being assembled by a group of journalism students at Columbia University. From the their website:
All three of the authors are very curious about the issue of hoarding and how it impacts the lives of New York City residents.
This project will explore the hoarders, psychologists, social workers, and cleanup specialists for whom hoarding is a defining phenomenon.
The final version of the site will be live by March 23, 2009.
While readers of Unclutterer may be familiar with hoarding, it is a psychological ailment that still isn’t understood by much of the general public. It is encouraging to see these journalism students working to increase public awareness about the disorder’s damaging effects.
If you or someone you know struggles with compulsive hoarding, please try and get help from the following resources:
Once again, hoarding is a disorder that should be treated by a licensed medical professional.