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Rebranding Hoarding: Choice or Affliction?

Ceci Garrett | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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.

Are You a Hoarder?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Co-authored by Monica Matys, Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook Have you ever wondered what the difference is between collecting, clutter and hoa...

Confessions of an Email Hoarder and 4 Tips to Tame an Inbox

Mary Novaria | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

If there are pileups in one area of my life, there are likely pileups elsewhere, too. So now that I've begun to get a handle on my email, I'm feeling daring enough to close some of the tabs on my Internet browser and maybe even throw in a load of laundry.

The Advantages of Being a Packrat

Rachael Rifkin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Rachael Rifkin

But when your mom passes away, your perspective shifts. Your sense of normal -- which included having your mom in your life until you were at least middle-aged -- is altered. You reevaluate your expectations and priorities.

How To Recognize Someone With Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Those with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) generally have an inflexible pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, whereas those with obsessive-compulsive disorder have obsessions (recurrent, persistent thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors).

112 Cats Removed From Las Vegas Home

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

Animal control workers in North Las Vegas removed 112 cats from a residence last week. Building inspectors arrived at the house July 24 to look in...

Hoarding: A Problem Far Worse Than It Seems

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Hoarding is more than just a reality show. It's a real problem that can lead to significant impairment in one's life.

Hoarder Dies When Floor Collapses Under Weight Of Stuff

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.16.2014 | Crime

A reclusive woman believed to be a hoarder was found dead in her basement after the first floor of her Connecticut home collapsed, apparently under th...

She Chooses Hello Kitty Dolls Over Boyfriends

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 06.12.2014 | Weird News

Finding a date is hard enough, but Natasha Goldsmith, 29, of Exeter, England, is having an especially hard time getting guys to say hello to her kitty...

Why You Should Rock Climb in Ruby Red Slippers

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

Kids don't possess the delayed gratification flaw. They want. They take. They use. And you know what? They're generally much happier than adults for it.

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.

Mother's Day and False Eyelashes: Holding On and Letting Go

Alysia Reiner | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Alysia Reiner

The completeness, the cycles, the depth, the richness, the process, the continuity and the treasure of the moment that is gone the second you are aware of it. We cannot capture these -- it is impossible, as hard as we all try.

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.

Disturbing Confessions of a Costume Hoarder

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My husband grabbed the neckline of his top, which was kind of simultaneously the waistline, too, and he pulled -- Hulk-like -- and ripped it down the middle. I felt my heart rip with it. He wadded it up and smashed it into the large trash bag that stood, brimming full, between us

Through the Winter, 5 More Things I Have Learned From Downsizing Our Lives

Julie Kantor | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Kantor

I shared seven months ago (Part 1) that we downsized from a 4 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment rental last August and the excitement, joy and ...

Spring Cleaning 2014: How To Recycle What's In Your Home

Varda Epstein | Posted 05.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Varda Epstein

With fewer things in your home, you have fewer surfaces to catch dust and more space to actually maneuver the vacuum cleaner. Of course, if you're a pack rat, this is no easy task for you.

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 ...

ASPCA and the NYPD: Partners Against Crime

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.26.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

We're already well on pace to saving four to five times as many animals each year than the ASPCA has done during any year in recent history. Don't think of these animals as numbers -- at least any more than you would your own pets.

Yoli Ouiya

How To Go From A Conventional Hoarder To A Conscious Consumer | Yoli Ouiya | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

According to a Nielsen’s Global survey, 46 percent of global consumers agreed they would be willing to pay more for goods and services from companie...


Stanley Ely | Posted 03.23.2014 | Comedy
Stanley Ely

Aunt Rose gets thanks as my muse. In her kitchen you could bet on which refrigerator shelf to find the milk, on which other shelf the cheese, and where laid out to dry was every dishtowel. That neatness used to drive my mother, her sister, crazy. It seemed sensible to me.

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.

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...

When Your Housemate Is a Packrat

Maureen Anderson | Posted 01.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Maureen Anderson

How do you live together in the same house until death do you part and be glad you are? My husband and I have discovered a few things that help -- a lot.