For a limited time, you can listen FREE to Dr. Randy Frost, leading expert on hoarding, discussing his new book on hoarding, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding with Sandra Felton, Founder of Messies Anonymous. www.messies.com
Check it out soon! This unedited interview is time sensitive and will be removed for editing in the future.
NOTE: There were quite a few technical difficulties so I recommend starting at the 11:50 minute timeframe to hear Sandra's story of overcoming her challenges in letting go of clutter. Dr. Frost's section starts 19 minutes into the teleclass.
Dr. Frost discusses the psychological aspects of hoarding and some strategies for overcoming them. His insights into the reasons why people keep things and how painful making the decision to let go of things is for people makes this really worth listening to!
Part two of this series about hoarding, Specific strategies for
Overcoming Hoarding Clutter, will follow in the near future.
Following is Sandra's list of support groups she runs for various special needs and interests in organizing and decluttering.
Messietalk Postings about the general problems and solutions Messies face in many areas of life. One of the most active groups.
Australian Messies in Recovery As Australian Messies work together they can speed their own improvement.
Join this group to be notified about upcoming telephone conference dates.
Twelve Step Group
For those who want to change the characteristics that have led them into the Messie lifestyle using the Twelve Steps.
Organize to Socialize
Let’s get the house and ourselves ready to invite others in! The focus of this group is organizing, and only organizing, with the idea of inviting others in.
Sharing struggles and solutions concerning the special issue of living an organized life for those in the single world.
Faith in Organizing
For those who seek encouragement and direction from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as applied to organizing our time, homes, and lives.
In Flight Messies
The InFlight Messies is for those who are experienced with the Messies Anonymous program AND have been in the program for about four months.
Friends of the Organizer Lady
Join this interactive group to reinforce the ideas on The-Organizer-Lady. Share victories, ask questions, move forward together.
Moms and Mentors
Those who have children living in the home struggle with special problems of organizing. This site if for those who are in the midst of the fray at this time and for those who have found solutions.
Teachers are awash in paperwork and planning. Together, Messie teachers can learn tricks, strategies, and methods for simplifying their lives and enabling the to be better teachers.
Many mates of Messies are distressed and discouraged about the condition of the house and the problems that the Messie in their lives are dealing with. The focus of this group is to offer support and encouragement as mates of Messies seeks to maintain and improve both the home and the marriage. (It is not for serious problems of hoarding in the life of a loved one. Go to Friends of Hoarders group below.)
Homeschoolers have very specific organizational problems. Together homeschooling Messies can share organizing strategies and solutions they have found useful as they homeschool their children.
It is a self-help group designed to provide motivation, inspiration, and information from other distractible people who experience the problem of disorganization.
Most disorganized people tend to keep too many belongings. This site does not intend to deal with the ordinary problem of keeping too much experienced by many. It is only for those for whom hoarding is a very significant problem either for themselves or loved ones and is not intended as a site for general use.
Friends of Hoarders
This group is for those who care about someone who is a hoarder. It is not a therapy group. Here we share information which may be useful in understand those whose lives are impacted by hoarding.
Groups Already in Existence
To list an existing group in your area or spot one already in existence. To locate other Messies in areas without a group, go to the Looking for a Local Group site.
Looking for a Local Group
If you are looking for other Messies in your area which does not have a group, check out this site.