We all have a little clutter in our households--a pile of junk mail on the kitchen table, some old clothes in a box for donation by the door, a few outgrown kids' toys in the closet. But if these clutter piles begin to take up so much space that it interferes with your daily life, you just might be a Hoarder. Extreme hoarding is more than a personality quirk or a sign of sloppiness--it is a serious psychological condition that requires professional help to conquer. Matt Paxton is one of those professional helpers. The owner of Clutter Cleaner and an extreme cleaning specialist, Paxton has become a TV star of late participating in house cleanings featured on A&E's Hoarders. His book, The Secret Lives of Hoarders, takes readers into the homes and lives of the people he helps, offering some of the voyeuristic appeal of the TV show. He goes further to talk about the issues surrounding hoarding and the interpersonal techniques he uses to engage hoarders in cleaning up their homes and, ultimately, their lives. He also has advice for all of us to deal with our own clutter issues. Fans of the show will definitely hear Matt's straightforward, tough-love voice in these pages. Well worth reading whether you are familiar with the show or not.
Submitted by Brett @ Central