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The Junk Drawer: Facing Down a Household Horror

Dorothy Breininger | Posted 11.01.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dorothy Breininger

Junk drawers house an odd mix of the useful and the useless, the expensive and cheap, the urgent and the long forgotten, the one-time gadgets and the tools we use daily. And, really, there is nothing wrong with any of it. The question is: "Does your junk drawer work for you?"

One Daughter Is Turning Her Hoarding Parents' Belongings Into Beautiful Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts

"Our house was always a little messy and chaotic," artist Stephanie Calvert explained. "Both my parents worked full time, and it was common to s...

Eliminate Morning Madness With the '3 C's'! Back to School Tips From Dorothy The Organizer

Dorothy Breininger | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Dorothy Breininger

Oversleeping, inappropriate outfits, no interest in breakfast, glued to the screen (computer, TV, phone, whatever), homework incomplete, field trip authorizations still to be signed, no mention of the cool hat for "Friday Hat Day" communicated, a tad grumpy and moving a bit too slow. Yes, it's up to you to get these adorable elves, called children, out the door, on time -- to school.

42,000 Pounds Of Trash Removed From Hawaii Home

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 08.04.2015 | Weird News

A court-ordered cleanup crew hauled away more than 42,000 pounds of trash from a woman's home last week in the Kaimuki neighborhood of ...

Hoarders Can't Hoard Sleep, Study Shows

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.24.2015 | Science
Van Winkle's

All that stuff hoarders keep in their bedrooms may be keeping them from sleeping properly, aggravating the problems that fuel their hoarding in the f...

You Should Probably Stop Watching Those Hoarding Shows

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

A recent episode of “Hoarders: Family Secrets” opens on an Ohio couple named Joyce and Wallace, who have been married for 31 years. They live in a...

Mummified Body Found In Alleged Hoarder's Home, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.06.2015 | Crime

The mummified body of an elderly woman was pulled from the home of a San Francisco woman that neighbors described as a hoarder on Saturday. ABC 7 ...

Rebranding Hoarding: Choice or Affliction?

Ceci Garrett | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ceci Garrett

Mental health disorders will likely never be "sexy," but our view of them can be more favorable, more open to conversation, understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. We must rebrand these challenges as the afflictions they are so that those who need help can readily access it.

150 Felines Found At Cat Hoarder's 'Deplorable' Home

AP | Posted 10.29.2014 | Crime

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have found 150 cats in a New York home owned by a woman who along with her sister was stopped four years ago b...

What's Your Financial Type? Take This Quiz

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 08.19.2014 | Money
Judith Orloff MD

Money can bring out your most fearful self or your largest heart. Which one you surrender to changes everything. How do you do this?

Crushed Hoarder May Have Been Dead For More Than A Week: Officials

AP | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was crushed to death when a floor piled with clutter collapsed...

8 Signs You Might Become a Hoarder

Posted 06.04.2014 | OWN

You've watched "Hoarders" with equal parts sympathy and fear: "Will that be me in 20 years?" Researchers are still trying to understand the disorder, ...

Clearing the Clutter: Helping Those Who Hoard and Finding Personal Healing in the Process

Ceci Garrett | Posted 07.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ceci Garrett

Although my career has taken me into many hoarded homes and nightmarish childhoods like my own, I work hard to keep my children from these experiences.

Confessions of a Hopeful Hoarder

TueNight | Posted 07.08.2014 | HuffPost Home

Hoarders get a bad rap, but outsiders see can't see our good intentions; the way we, in our fantasy lives, have a place for everything, even if our everything is a lot more than other people.

100 Cats Rescued From Houston Home

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 03.31.2014 | Weird News

Authorities in Texas rescued dozens of cats from a Houston-area home last week. Police received an anonymous tip that led officers to the home of e...

72 Cats Rescued From Florida Hoarder's Home

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime

Animal control officers in Florida have rescued six dozen cats from the home of an alleged animal hoarder. Authorities said the 72 cats were discov...

Hoarding Can Really Ruin A Relationship

Posted 03.14.2014 | Weird News

Every lover comes with some baggage, but some come with houses full of trash. Just ask Lauren, whose boyfriend, a 55-year-old man identified only ...

64 Dying Dogs Held Hostage In Buildings Without Windows

Posted 02.27.2014 | Crime

Peter Chernecki and his wife Judith hoarded 64 dogs and more than 40 cats. The animals were found covered in feces and malnourished. At least 34 of th...

Andy Campbell

GRAPHIC: The Dirty, Stinking Truth About Real-Life Hoarders | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime

A&E's "Hoarders" has forever changed the crime scene cleanup business. Whenever Laura Spaulding gets a call for a job, prospective clients usually...

Snake Hoarder Had 400 Pythons In House: Police

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.29.2014 | Weird News

A California elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday after police discovered an estimated 300 to 400 pythons --both alive and dead -- in his ...

I Love My Kids, But...

Tom Gerdy | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Tom Gerdy

Mealtimes were always interesting as well. No one ever told me how much food put in front of babies ends up on the floor. Had I known, I would have designed the kitchen with a big drain in the center and a fire hydrant in the corner.

Confessions of an Ex-Hoarder

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.01.2014 | Books
Marty Kaplan

There's no mystery why I've saved so much stuff: to prove that I'm alive, that I'm someone, that my trail on this earth is worth preserving. My fear of letting go of those boxes is the fear of mortality, the fear of not having become worthy enough to investigate and document.

It's the Best and Worst of Times for a Shopping-Bag-a-Holic

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Women
Holly Robinson

I am no hoarder. Not yet. But cloth shopping bags are luring me down that dark path. As a child, I helped my mother ferry groceries home in brown ...

Want To Move Into A Duplex Next To A Hoarder?

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 11.28.2013 | TV

The situation was an absolute mess on "Hoarding: Buried Alive" for Kyle and his girlfriend of three years, Lynn. Three years ago, Kyle worked full tim...

Coming Out (of My Closet)

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Laura Rossi Totten

I have a skeleton in my closet: everything is a mess. The closet -- not me.