Every Saturday I’d like to direct your attention to recent articles that I’ve found to be great resources or interesting reads.
Hoarding, Depression a Health Risk for Seniors from Healthzone.ca by Susan Pigg
This is a sad yet painfully honest look at how hoarding can develop, and the kinds of effects it can have on seniors and their health.
Interview with Cynthia Omolulu – Dirty Little Secrets from Dirty Secret: Writing Through the Mess by Jessie Sholl
Jessie Sholl, author of a forthcoming memoir called DIRTY SECRET: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding, interviews Cynthia Omolulu on her young adult novel called Dirty Little Secrets. The novel features a 16-year-old girl dealing with the death of her hoarder mother. It’s an insightful look at the writing process and how to tell a story involving hoarding.
Body of Las Vegas Woman Found in Clutter At Home from The Associated Press by Oskar Garcia
A devastating story about one of my biggest and worst fears: A woman who was missing for four months was found dead, buried underneath piles and piles of stuff in her own home.
Hoard Mentality from Mother Jones by Virginia Hefferman
Why is it that all of a sudden more and more people are interested in hoarders? Virginia Hefferman takes a look at this sudden obsession with hoarders, and what it tells us about our own consumption habits.
Frugality and Organization from The Simple Dollar by Trent
While some argue that hoarders are an example of anti-consumption because they keep things to use for a long time, others argue that hoarders are an example of consumption at it’s worst, accumulating things and the inability to throw things away. This article by Trent offers tips to balance frugality (including things like buying in bulk) and organization.
How to Keep Your Cool: 12 Tips for Staying Calm Under Pressure from Dumb Little Man by Susie Michelle
This article on this list merely because I had a panic attack on Thursday, and the timing of this article could not have been more perfect. My anxiety was so intense that I decided to follow tip #10 on the list.
And finally I’d like to recommend an excellent website that’s been around for quite a while now called Unclutterer. Maintained by Erin Doland, author of Unclutter Your Life in One Week, it features organization tips and fun little “Unitasker Wednesday” items. If you haven’t already seen it, you should definitely check it out.