Posted By janice on January 18, 2009
This weekend, a Houston couple died in a house fire. The firefighters had difficulty maneuvering through the house because of boxes stacked knee-deep throughout the home. According to the Houston Chronicle, the boxes were filled with family mementos and had been around the home for years.
Apparently this is not an unusual story. Another professional organizer told me firefighters have told her about issues walking through homes with clutter and boxes. Also in the news this month, two people died in their respective homes because their piles fell on them.
As you can see, chronic disorganization is a hazard to you and your family, but there is help. When looking for a professional organizer through the National Association of Professional Organizers, look for those who specialize in chronic disorganization and hoarding. An organizer who specializes in these areas should have certificates of study from the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. A list of NSGCD-certified organizers is posted on the group’s site.
Dr. Randy Frost, who has studied chronic disorganization and hoarding behaviors, co-authored the book Buried in Treasures. This book provides a great deal of insight and suggestions.
There is hope to create a safe home for you and your family.