Hoarding Services

stack-of-newspapers_041910According to several mental health groups, an estimated 2 million people in the United States alone can be classified as “hoarders.” Hoarding is described by the experts as the excessive accumulation of possessions coupled with an inability to discard objects that most other people would consider having very little or no value.  However, to the hoarder, these items are considered valuable and needed. Compulsive hoarding can sometimes create hazardous living arrangements not only for the hoarder but for his or her family as well.

How Can Order Out of Chaos Help?

As an expert on chronic disorganization and hoarding behaviors, Leslie  develops collaborative team approaches with therapists and other related professionals.  In her experience, she has found that Collaborative Therapy is the most effective technique to help an individual regain control over their home and their life.  When organizers and therapists work together, the physical and emotional clutter is worked on, increasing the likelihood of future progress.

Understanding the emotional challenges that this process presents, Leslie and her team work together every step of the way, providing support and assistance to make the process a manageable and harmless experience.

Leslie also uses other methodologies to work with individuals with hoarding behaviors.  The Harm Reduction method is a unique team approach that focuses on minimizing the individual’s risk by concentrating efforts on restoring or maintaining the safety, health and functions of the home. Always sensitive to the fact that this is someone’s home and their personal belongings, the Order Out of Chaos team provides professional care coupled with a compassionate ear as they work TOGETHER to make decisions about the individual’s belongings under this plan.

How Do I Get Started with Order Out of Chaos?

Once we receive the initial phone call, Order Out of Chaos will set up time to meet at the home to do an initial assessment to determine the severity of the situation and an appropriate action plan. We will talk at great length with the individual and his or her support team (family members, therapists, etc.) about goals, strategies, expectations and process – with the client always in control.