Local groups help hoarders conquer the clutter

Workshops are designed to aid overloaded people

A woman entered her parents' home office, quickly scanned the room and noted the mounds of unfiled bills, stock transactions and tax papers.

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Posted by so now the junk is on the street?
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

So I actually live near this house and the junk has been sitting on the sidewalk for WEEKS. Those photos were from Aug 19th, but the stuff was still there the other day. It's fine that the stuff is moved out of the house, but at least the sidewalk use to be passable. Are the going to remove the junk as well? Anyway, half the area has ridiculous about of junk around.... from that old cadillac at birch & fernando to the really hoarder on Matadero to the camper inhabitants by the park on chestnut.

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Posted by Alicia
a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Are you offering help to declutter or looking to "treat" hoarders?

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Posted by cluttered
a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

This comment, "CBT doesn't seem to be enough...You need to look closer at the relationship with the objects" is selling CBT short, based on my understanding of it. Identifying the thoughts and feelings associated with the objects, or with the idea of getting rid of the objects, is perfectly within the scope of CBT.

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Posted by It's not hoarding, it's lack of sf
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

It's overwhelming to have young children and move from an out-of-state mansion to a Palo Alto house that is more expensive and less than 2000sf! The mansion was easy to keep clean because there were so many storage areas. For storage here, there is no basement, and only two hallway closets (besides small bedroom closets). And yes, the garage is full. We've lived here for 5 years and have finally almost arrived at total decluttering so we can have guests at our house. What's taken so long is that it's so overwhelming so it's easy to procrastinate. Keeping it tidy will be easier than always facing an uphill battle.

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Posted by Very, very true
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

The same is true of us. We moved here from another area, and had to squeeze six people into a 1700 sf house on 5000sf property, when we previously had a single-story. 2400 sf house on 1/5 acre. This house has very little storage, no basement, fewer bedrooms and baths, not nearly enough closets ( and what there are are simply too small), a one-car garage ( we had a three-car garage before). BUT, this house was in our price range: There is a HUGE disparity between income and housing in the SF Bay Area! Yes, we make more money here, but it does not go as far as it should.

Unless you are a multi-millionaire at the very least, chances are you are living in a house too small for you.

We tried to buy a larger home recently, but were told by the bank that we could only afford what the current house is worth, which will not buy us a large enough house anywhere in Santa Clara or San Mateo Counties--and we don't want to become commuters!

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

What you recent above commenters are talking about isn't hoarding.

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