this emotional attachment to our belongings can spiral out of control and culminate into a condition called compulsive hoarding. From hobbyists and collectors to pack rats and compulsive shoppers—it is close to impossible for hoarders to relinquish their precious objects,
even if it means that stuff takes over their lives and their homes.
According to psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio, our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. Even though it may not regularly interfere with our everyday lives, to some degree or another, many of us hoard.
The Hoarder in You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she's encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples—no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.
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Actress and director Cassandra Campbell has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has received multiple Audie Awards and more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Pack Rats, Clutterers, and Compulsive Hoarders 1
Chapter 2 Our Love Affair with Stuff 19
Chapter 3 "You Love Your Stuff More Than Me" 53
Chapter 4 Placing Yourself on the Continuum 73
Chapter 5 When It's Time to Take Charge 95
Chapter 6 The Desire To Acquire: Pulling Yourself Out of Hunter-Gatherer Mode 115
Chapter 7 Clearing the Clutter 137
Chapter 8 Room By Room 163
Chapter 9 Keeping Your Life Clutter-Free 189
Appendix A Compulsive Hoarding Saved Items Questionnaire 201
Appendix B Dr. Robin's Love Your Life List 207