There were times, Sandra Stark remembers, when she couldn’t use her kitchen or sit on her sofa. Her collections --figurines, vases, paperweights -- had overtaken every closet, drawer and surface. Stacks of clothing and old magazines added to the clutter.
Her daughters came in and threw everything away -- to Ms. Stark’s horror -- but a year later her home was again barely navigable. “I couldn’t throw out my garbage,” she said. “I put it in plastic bags, but I couldn’t take it out.”