6 thoughts

  1. As a Certified Professional Organizer, Senior Move Manager, and member of ICD, hoarding is not a “ha ha” situation. It is sad that for TV ratings they are willing to make fun of a person with a very serious issue. Maybe next they will make fun of people who are depressed or bi-polar?
    I work with many seniors who hoard. Those who I have worked with are very nice people with a terrible problem. Many want help and are open to recieving help. It is a very brave step when someone who hoards asks for help.
    The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is a great resource to find out more about hoarding and how to receive help.

  2. Thanks for bringing up this episode, and you are right, in my opinion. I see this problem with almost every Depression-era kid, who in their adult years, are keepers of everything and are facing hardships because of it. It would have been nice, at least, if CBS and/or the show’s producers would have given a PSA at the end about the seriousness of the problem and who to contact for more information. CC

  3. Great article, Mary Kay. I didn’t get a chance to see the show, but I’ve heard about it. Being a Senior Move Manager and a Professional Organizer and member of NASMM, NAPO and ICD, it saddens me that CBS would find it appropriate to make light of such a serious subject. There are many true professionals out here that care deeply and work hard to earn the trust of our clients and prospective clients — so we can help. Possibly the only good that can come out of this is good, informative conversations like this. Thanks for your excellent blog post.

  4. I appreciate our NASMM’s staff sharing this show. Many people I know can not watch the hoarding shows on TLC and A&E. Do we laugh at people with other mental illnesses? What does it say about who we are and are attitudes towards others?
    Ann Hutchens
    Creating Divine Order

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