I help with the ‘head’ stuff (the psychological difficulties with attachment and perfectionism) and the practical – reducing the acquring, organising, sorting and discarding! Clean ups don’t work, the stuff isn’t the issue. I but it’s the over-attachment that creates too much acquiring, and also difficulties sorting and discarding. Professor Randy Frost (the hoarding guru and author) says “Clearing things out isn’t going to solve that. The clutter will come back unless something is done to change the person’s behavior”.
I’m Tania Reid and whilst working in the community and mental health sector, I became involved in the Department of Health Hoarding and Squalor Discussion Paper 2012 and the Hoarding and squalor – a practical resource for service providers 2013. I then started For the Crowded House in late 2012. I provide specialist support to people living in cluttered or hoarded homes.
In 2014, I self-published “An Ordinary House”, the first children’s picture in English that explores the experience of children living in hoarded homes. I’ve been interviewed on Radio National, Life Matters (8:30sec into the podcast). Konrad Marshall from The Age wrote
“This book is her passion though” in this article.
The book was lauched at the 2014 National Hoarding and Squalor conference. .
In 2016 with artist Sandra Fiona Long, we presented at the last National Hoarding and Squalor conference “Birdcage Thursday” which explores the tensions between a mother who hoards, her daughter who has tried everything and the worker who understands – here’s a 3 minute clip.
The clutter or hoarding is usually created by some or all of these;
- feeling overwhelmed
- perfectionsim or
Contact me via
p. 042 777 0510
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