New In-Person Support Group for Hoarders!
Buried in Treasures Workshop by Lightening the Load
Sheltering Tree Church,5025 N Market, Spokane, WA 99217
This workshop is a designed to be a Facilitated Self-Help group (FiSH) for people whom hoard/clutter. The group will meet for 15 sessions to discuss the text, “Buried in Treasures” (Tolin, Frost, & Steketee, 2007),check in on individual progress, challenges, successes and goals.
This site exists for the sole purpose of providing information for hoarders, squalorers, messies, clutterers, and the chronically disorganized. There are also resources for loved ones.
Share your fears and success stories with other women who understand just how hard it is to overcome hoarding. Develop and share your vision of what you want your home to look like. Share in a judgment-free zone where we can unload some of the emotional burden that goes with this problem. We can tackle this together!
This is an exclusive group for women hoarders who are trying to understand their illness. It is a closed group for those who are struggling and dealing with their issues. There are many aspects, which contribute to this psychological illness.
If you don’t own the problem you will never recover. This is about obsession recovery from our stuff, it is intertwined with many other factors. We are here for Fun, Christian Fellowship and Encouragement. I am not an expert in the field but a fellow traveler who is trying to find recovery and looking for friendship.
Rest assured, you are not alone. If you have trouble making decisions on where to start and what to toss, you have come to the right place. Let’s work together on downsizing and tossing our clutter. “Less is More”…our vision is to have homes that are “User Friendly” and “Company Ready” at all times.
Online Group and Phone Counseling
Beth Johnson of The Clutter Workshop in Connecticut has lots of experience counseling hoarders over the phone (Some clients do once a week or twice-per-month coaching; in other cases they have it worked it out so that she touches base twice-per-week for shorter periods of time.) , and she runs a private online group for them as well.
Beth has studied under Dr. Randy Frost who is THE expert on compulsive hoarding and the pioneer in its research, since 1985. Dr. Frost even wrote a forward about her qualifications in an ebook she has available on her site with some really great tools/tips in it for hoarders.
Her personal coaching page can be found:
The online class/private support group is:
Henriette Kellum in VA. (Formerly an APS worker who handled all the hoarding cases for a couple decades.) Now retired from that, she offers phone counseling to hoarders.
Clutterers Anonymous; A twelve-step program for clutterers and hoarders, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Information about local meetings and phone-in meetings.
FlyLady.net; Many swear by FlyLady for being the one thing that gave them the structure and motivation to get their homes clean and organized and more importantly, keep them that way.
Hoarders.org; Bay Area Resources for Extreme Hoarding Behavior & lots more information.
Messies Anonymous; Sandra Felton’s web site. Similar approach to FlyLady.net, but toned down for those of us who are easily over-stimulated. Offers specific steps to get started and links to various Messies Anonymous Yahoo support groups, as well as lots of other good resources.
National Association of Professional Organizers, Information for the general public about the organizing profession, including what organizers do, what to look for when considering hiring an organizer and a referral form.
Institute for Challenging Disorganization, formerly: National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization; Primarily geared toward organizers and related professionals who are committed to working with the chronically disorganized population. “Publications” and “Resources” pages contain information for the general public.
OrganizedHome.com; Articles, tips, recipes. Wide breadth of information for everyone from super-organized neat-niks to the organizationally challenged messies among us.
Squalor Survivors; A great source of information for those who are dealing with severe cluttering issues.
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