Allison Ricciardi, Amanda LeBlanc
For the hoarder, finding freedom from the behavior of collecting and maintaining that behavior is a difficult and painful process, a process that involves decluttering - sorting, organizing, and discarding the mounds of possessions that have been accumulated.
The hoarder often greets this challenge with defensiveness, fear, confusion, and suspicion, emotions that can be even more difficult for loved ones and professionals to overcome. Helping the hoarder navigate the decluttering process requires skill, diplomacy, sensitivity, and empathy. In a nutshell, it requires love and compassion.