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It seems extreme hoarding like your guests were talking about is just the far end of a spectrum of organizing problems. I'm in a relationship with someone who has some hoarding traits, although their problems aren't dehibilitating, it does make everyday functioning harder as much of their time is spent buying "treasures", returning, ebaying, sorting and throwing things away. Unfortunately even this low level of hoarding behavior has really take a toll on me and our relationship as I end up dealing with a lot of their stuff myself. Although it's easy to focus on the sad, gasp inducing cases of the extreme hoarder, I think that the "everyday" hoarder is probably a very wide spread problem that is often dismissed as just being "disorganized" or "a collector".
I found a book that's been really great for us in dealing with the root causes of hoarding based disorganization called "It's All To Much" written by the organizer from the TLC show Clean Sweep. He focuses not on what color containers to buy, but dealing with the emotional reasons we keep thing. I'm not even much of a pack rat and I found quite a few things I was hanging onto for that "tomorrow" that will never come.
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