Signs of Hoarding – Albuquerque Buried in Treasure Workshop

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Signs of Hoarding – Albuquerque Buried in Treasure Workshop

What are the signs of hoarding? Experts in the field of hoarding, David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, and Gail Steketee define hoarding as including all three of the following criteria:
1. The accumulation, and difficulty discarding, of objects that most other people would consider useless or of limited value.
2. Clutter so severe that it prevents or seriously limits the use of living spaces in the manner for which those spaces were intended.
3. The clutter, acquiring, or difficulty discarding causes significant impairment or distress.
So what does this definition mean in practical terms?
When asked about their items, many will call them “collections.” These collections, however, consist of things that most people think are trash. The collectible items are mixed in with all kinds of other things, not organized or proudly displayed to be enjoyed and admired. More items are constantly being acquired whether by purchasing, picking up freebies, going through trash, or even stealing.
Kitchen counters are so cluttered it is impossible, or dangerous to cook. Doors and windows are blocked with clutter and not usable as emergency exits. The bed is so piled with clutter that it can’t be slept on. Appliances are not working and can’t be repaired because clutter prevents access.
Clutter is causing significant problems. These problems may be physical, emotional, relational, economic, or legal. Thinking about letting go of an item creates intense emotions.
If you recognize these signs of hoarding, there is help available. The Albuquerque Buried in Treasures workshops will provide practical, effective, affordable help for adults burdened with hoarding behaviors. This 15 session facilitated self-help group provides support, learning, and effective, practical strategies for overcoming hoarding.
The group will meet for two hours on 15 Saturday mornings beginning June 7th to learn about the disorder and to support each other in learning and practicing new behaviors. It provides a judgment free environment, direction, and mutual support for people ready to make a change in their lives.
The sessions will be facilitated by two certified professional organizers with training and experience helping those burdened with hoarding behaviors.
All materials, including the book will be provided. The group will be limited to 10 participants to enable each one to experience support from the group. Designed to be affordable as well as effective, the fee for the entire 15-session program is only $160.00.
For further information see http://org4everyday.com/burdened-with-hoarding-behaviors-ready-for-a-change/, or contact Elizabeth Tawney Gross at 505-797-3628, elizabeth@org4everyday.com. You may start the reservation process by speaking to Elizabeth. The deadline for registration is May 15, 2014.
Copyright© 2014 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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