Hoarders Need Help Cutting Compulsive Clutter (VIDEO)

By Faiza Elmasry

Hoarding a Mental IllnessMany people have clutter at home – things they don’t use or need, but somehow, don’t throw away. But when the situation moves from cluttered to chaos, it can be a symptom of a disorder called compulsive hoarding. It’s hard to treat, but therapy can help.

As can a professional organizer, like Fiona Morrissey. She helps clients straighten and manage their closets, paperwork and other belongings while also getting rid of unused items that take up space and collect dust.

People who can’t seem to let go of things – whether it’s newspapers, magazines, empty cans and clothing – are hoarders. Their homes are overstuffed and, often, unlivable.

“One of my clients had a dining room table. She put everything on the dining room table and it took us nine hours to remove the stuff from that table," Morrissey says. "She can now set her table and have people over for dinner.”

Full story of hoarders at Voice of America

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