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Am I a Hoarder or a Collector? | Clutter & Hoarding Help

Posted by Cindy Desmet on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

"Am I a hoarder or a collector?" That's a question we probably all might ask ourselves at some point in our lives. As we accumulate belongings over the years we might have trouble getting rid of the old to make space for the new, often times for valid reasons -- "I might need it again some day, it's too valuable to give away and I don't have time to sell it, my children will want it", etc. Collections -- vases, post cards, vintage trains -- are sources of joy and passion. At some point though there may be a time when you, or someone you love, finds that your home has too much stuff in it, and it's time to de-clutter.

If you are concerned that you may have a hoarding disorder, read through our previous blog posts which describe the behaviors and home conditions that indicate hoarding.

Hoarding Clean Up - the Last Piece of the Hoarding Puzzle

Hoarding Clean Up - Information About Hoarding

If you are looking for resources regarding tidying and organizing, have a look at the short list of helpful publications and resources that Clean Earth Restorations has put together for you.


1. Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. This book received 4 out of 5 stars in 748 ratings on and is a best-seller in Japan, Germany and Britain. It has recently been published in the U.S. You can read the Denver Post's review of it here.

Before and After the "KonMarie Method" --

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2. Website: A Bowl Full of Lemons.Net

A website that focuses on cleaning and organizing your home, as well as your finances. It includes access to a 30,000-member online home organization group to ask questions and share ideas.

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3. YouTube Videos: Home Organizing by

Alejandra shows people how to get organized and be more productive on a daily basis through her home organizing tips, organization product reviews, and organization ideas to declutter your clutter. Her most popular video has had almost 3 million views!

If you need help cleaning out or hauling clutter, cleaning and restoring hoarded spaces, Clean Earth Restorations is here to help San Diego County residents with all their hoarding clean up needs. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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