Organizing Through The Hoarding:

Guidance for Professional Organizers

How are clients who hoard different from my other clients?

Why is it so difficult for my clients to get a handle on their clutter?

What strategies can I use when working with my clients?

How did possessions take control of their lives?


This day-long training is exclusively for Professional Organizers and those who are working with clients in extremely cluttered environments. Through a blend of lecture and discussion, led by Elspeth Bell, Ph.D., participants will:

  • Learn about Hoarding Disorder
  • Identify ways to support clients with hoarding problems
  • Address barriers in the working relationship with regards to hoarding
  • Develop strategies for working toward reducing clutter
  • Connect with hoarding-specific resources


Additional topics addressed include:

  • Characteristics of Hoarding Disorder
  • Mental health issues associated with hoarding behaviors
  • Maintaining Balance and Boundaries


This workshop is open to Professional Organizers and other clutter specialists ($125/person)and is considered CEU-Eligible for CPOs working with hoarding clients.





8:30 – 9am  Check-In

Coffee is available


9am – 12pm     Understanding The Client

  • Identifying hoarding behaviors and how they differ from cluttering behaviors


  • Recognizing the mental health elements associated with hoarding behaviors


  • Assessing for possible hoarding behaviors in your client


  • Incorporating an understanding of underlying hoarding issues into decluttering plans


12 – 1pm     Lunch On Your Own


1 – 4pm     In The Cluttered Home

  • Strategies for engaging with your hoarding client in the decluttering process


  • Creating goals and realistic interventions


  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration with other professionals


  • Incorporating self-care into your work with hoarding clients