In 2014, Kristin began to learn about hoarding and people who hoard. Initially, she had a hard time getting much information. For a condition that occurs in 2-5% of adults, and becomes problematic in older age, hoarding was not really talked about that much.
Sure, there were TV shows about hoarding but when she looked online for resources to share with family members and friends, Kristin didn’t find much. She wondered, “if I was a hoarder, how would I know where to look for people to help me?” and “If I was a family member looking for information, where could I turn?”
Over the next few years, Kristin spent a lot of time online searching for resources. What she found was fragmented but what she really wanted was a single place to go that had a plethora of information on hoarding, recommendations to try, and even therapists to contact. Even more, she was looking for a one site that would cover the whole United States.
Finally, Kristin decided to create the resource she had been looking for. The result? Hoarding Help Central. This website is designed to have content and links that are beneficial to hoarders, friends, and family members. For example, you might learn how hoarding behaviour is less about the accumulation of stuff and more about the meaning people attach to these items or objects. You might also learn how you can be supportive of the person who hoards as you try to help them live in a safer and healthier environment again. You will learn that you are not alone
Before you dig into the rest of the website, here are three key points we want to share:
2. Be there for your friend or loved one. People who hoard often lead isolated lives or have minimal support from others. Not only does hoarding behavior minimize the number of people who can come over to the individual’s house, it often causes them to stop wanting to go out or to other people’s homes. Doing simple things to show your loved one that you are thinking about them can be very important. Reminding your loved one what you love about them can also help them to feel less isolated.
3. Set achievable goals and celebrate the small victories. If your friend or loved one is ready to begin the decluttering process, encourage them to identify just one small area to start with. This could be a box, a drawer, or a particular room. Once this small area has been decluttered, move on to another area. Seeing progress is very important and can make a big difference in whether or not an individual continues to work on decluttering.
There is lots more to come throughout this website. We hope you enjoy this site and pray that it will be a blessing for you, your friends, and your family.