Nikki Works with a Professional Organizer pt5

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Nikki Hires a PO | 0 comments

Nikki has decided to hire a Professional Organizer to help her with her clutter.  She is trying to determine her level of disorganization, so she can hire a Professional Organizer with the right skills and experience to help her.

Nikki is intrigued by ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale (CHS)

She is studying it to see how disorganized she is according to the tool many Professional Organizers use. Her neat freak friend Amanda says she a hoarder, but Nikki doesn’t think so.  Or at least she hopes she’s not.

The scale has five levels from mild clutter to full-blown hoarding.  Within each level, there are five assessment categories.

The Structure and Zoning category examines entrances and exits from the home.  Can you easily get out of the house in case of emergency and can rescue personnel get a gurney into the house if needed?  In this division, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and appliances are evaluated to see if they are operating safely.  The structural integrity of the home is also reviewed.  Does the home have damage that impacts the use or health and safety of the occupants?

Animals and Pests is the next category.  This addresses whether the number of animals kept as pets meets local regulations.  An assessment is made about the level of care that animals are receiving.  Evaluating the presence of rodents, insects, or other creepy crawly things is another part of this category.

The Household Functions portion of the scale assesses whether the home is safe.  Rooms are looked at to see if they are accessible and can function for their intended purpose, i.e. can you use the shower or is it full of clutter.

Health and Safety is the next category.  Here the level of cleanliness is assessed.  The more clutter there is the more difficult it is to keep a house clean.  The management of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter is also are examined.  The focus is on whether medications are properly and safely stored and not available to children or pets.

The last category is Personal Protective Equipment, which recommends to Professional Organizers what type of protective gear; such as dust masks, gloves, or safety glasses, they may need to protect themselves from environmental and safety hazards.


Next post:  the five levels of the ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale.  

Is Nikki a hoarder?



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