Laura Ecker has received the Level 2 Hoarding Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. This not for profit organization provides education and training to professional organizers and related professionals who specialize in working with people affected by chronic disorganization.
Rapid Clean Out of a hoarding client's home is not always necessary, and is not recommended if other options are available. Harm reduction is a solution for family members to help a person who hoards remain in their home safely.
Virtual home organization sessions are very effective for the client with extreme clutter. We teach and coach clients on decluttering methods, learning to let go of excess items, reducing acquiring new items, and maintaining progress. For clients with extreme anxiety about having visitors to their home, working online first helps to establish trust contributing to an effective working relationship.
We work with the client to declutter a small area in the first 2-3 hour session. Working through the process together helps the client gain a sense of control and accomplishment. Subsequent sessions will slowly progress to coaching sessions, with the organizer acting as a coach and the client doing the physical sorting and decluttering. Improving from a lifetime of hoarding tendencies is a slow process and does not happen in a week or a month. For the committed client, ongoing in-person sessions with virtual accountability sessions to maintain home organization is recommended. We will personalize your program for your schedule, your health considerations, and your budget.
When Rapid Clean-Out for hoarding is required by the health department or municipality, we can work with the family, health officials, counselors and other interested parties to make the process as efficient as possible while showing our client kindness and respect. We have trusted junk removal and hauling partners with extensive experience working with hoarding situations.