My Father Is a Hoarder

When I learned how serious the problem was, I educated myself on what to do — and not do

by Leslie A. Westbrook • Next Avenue
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Prepared for defeat, I dialed my father’s number to see if he was willing to do this. To my huge relief, he said yes, and even admitted he was hoping for the home visits group. (Many hoarders prefer to get help from outside professional organizers rather than family members and are adverse to the heavy psychological work of dealing with the mental aspect of hoarding.)

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