True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter
On Sale: May 3, 2011
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On the front lines with extreme hoarders
The Secret Lives of Hoarders is much more than harrowing
tales of attacking the ugliest, dirtiest, and most shocking
hoarding cases in the country. It is a behind-the-scenes
look at this hidden epidemic- what it means, how to
recognize it before it gets out of hand, and how to deal
Through his work with hundreds of clients in the worst
circumstances- from the giant "rat's nest" that hid more
than $13,000 in cash to a vast cache of cartoon pornography
to twenty-five years' worth of unopened mail-Matt Paxton has
learned to understand this disorder and his clients'
impulses to collect, to speak the hoarders' language, and to
reach out to them with compassion and concern while avoiding
criticism and judgment. Most important, he guides compulsive
hoarders successfully through every step of the clean-up and
The Secret Lives of Hoarders is an engrossing and sometimes
unsettling look at extreme clutter but one that helps
hoarders, their families, and their friends to find meaning
in the chaos.
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