The Hoarder in You

The Hoarder in You

How to Live A Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life

Book - 2011
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We all have treasured possessions--a favorite pair of shoes, a much-beloved chair, an ever-expanding record collection. But sometimes, this emotional attachment to our belongings can spiral out of control and culminate into a condition called compulsive hoarding. From hobbyists and collectors to pack rats and compulsive shoppers--it is close to impossible for hoarders to relinquish their precious objects, even if it means that stuff takes over their lives and their homes.

According to psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio, our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. Even though it may not regularly interfere with our everyday lives, to some degree or another, many of us hoard.

The Hoarder In You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she's encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples--no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781609611316
Branch Call Number: 616.8522 ZASIO R
Characteristics: xv, 222 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jan 15, 2017

I really appreciated Robin Zasio's direct yet compassionate approach to hoarding. I have seen her on the TV series <i>Hoarders,</i> and admit it's one reason I chose her book. I also especially love the subtitle: How to live a happier, healthier, uncluttered life, something I would like to achieve.

Zasio introduces hoarding as being on a spectrum, with many of us having some hoarding tendencies. Zasio encourages us to recognize areas in our life that we should deal with wherever we are on that spectrum.

This is not a book focusing on organizing, but rather why we hoard and how to face our desire to hold onto things or to collect things. For me, her suggestions on how to deal with clutter resonate and make sense in a way that other books I've read on organization don't.

sammier Apr 29, 2014

This book starts by covering what hoarding behaviour is, types of hoarding, why people hoard and why "stuff" can be so important. It looks at how many people have hoarding tendencies, while not being actual hoarders. The second part of the book covers ways to deal with clutter and the accumulation of "stuff". The book contains a great deal of information on why people clutter and sets out practical tips on how to break the habit. Recommended for anyone trying to tame a clutter problem.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. CB 410 Z 2011

Incinerated_Newt Jun 05, 2012

A candid, practical guide to working with someone (or yourself) on the hoarding or cluttering spectrum.

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Aug 14, 2017

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