Challenging Clutter

A 10-Week Group for Understanding & Changing Your Cluttered Spaces

Currently ON HOLD due to COVID-19

Why is it so difficult to get a handle on clutter?

How do people organize so many different things?

Why do belongings take control of everything?

Elspeth Bell, Ph.D., a hoarding specialist, offers a foundation in understanding the origins of excessive clutter and helping individuals challenge the many ways in which this clutter interferes with their lives.  This group uses research-supported Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies to:

  • educate about clutter and why it happens,
  • develop skills to address clutter-related problems,
  • address barriers to overcoming a cluttered environment,
  • and create strategies for working with setbacks.

Topics addressed include:

  • Characteristics of individuals who clutter
  • Understanding Emotional Attachment to items
  • Challenging assumptions about how to deal with possessions
  • Developing new behaviors and Replacing past behaviors
  • Strategies for letting go and getting organized

Fees: $1250 for the 10-session group. Check with your insurance about possible coverage.

To register for this group or to request further information regarding Hoarding Disorder and clutter-related services, please call Dr. Bell at 410-480-8052


Session 1:                   Clutter, Disorganization, and Hoarding

Session 2:                   Information Processing Deficits

Session 3:                   Attention and Concentration Factors

Session 4:                   Conceptualizing the Clutter Cycle and Breaking the Pattern

Session 5:                   Summarizing the Cluttered Experience

Session 6:                   Emotional Attachment and Erroneous Beliefs

Session 7:                   Identifying and Challenging Barriers

Session 8:                   A Hands-On Decluttering Experience

Session 9:                   Reinforcement, Replacement, Empowerment, & Goals

Session 10:                 Review of General Strategies and Goal Setting for the Future