December 21, 2010
Digging Out, (Tomkins/Hartl) is for family members of those who hoard. Gloria and Kathy were desperate; their elderly mother lived surrounded by tons of paper, books and debris. She had scabies and respiratory problems from living in a trash-filled home and refused to let her daughters clear and clean. She stumbled over the clutter and broke her wrist . If this describes a situation in your family, you'll benefit from the many approaches they offer, such as when to intervene or not; whether or not dementia is an issue; how to manage when multiple hoarders live together and how to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your loved ones over their protestations.
Is your dining room table rendered useless due to piled up papers? Do you churn, but never discard? Are your sofa cushions invisible due to piles of unfolded laundry and last summer's newspapers? If I just described your living space, check out a new book about stuff run amok. Stuff, Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (Frost/Steketee) gives vivid examples of lives literally choked by the accumulation of things. They illuminate how our possessions exert power over all of us, whether we're savers, collectors, hoarders or even compulsive cleaners. If your identity or peace of mind depend on collecting stuff you can't live without, read this!
Link to Stuff: http://mcpl.us/?bib=894290
Link to Digging Out: http://mcpl.us/?bib=919916