1: Meet Mary, a Recovering Hoarder
This is my first conversation with Mary. Mary is slowly letting me into her life to share her story about her unusual relationship with stuff. She now calls herself a recovering hoarder, and she wants to help others by shining the light on this topic that is very difficult to discuss. Maybe you, too, have an unusual relationship with stuff or know someone who does. You get to be a fly on the wall hearing what until now, she has kept very private.
5 Nov 2017
57: Learn Do Become Decreases Mary's Anxiety
Mary shares that she has taken advantage of helping resources, such as Learn Do Become, and that has significantly decreased her anxiety. Savvy Cleaner YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8OUzZ0rKHOUZ19em4cEXyQSavvy Cleaner Top 10 Hoarding Resources show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrq-Ij4Gzl0Savvy Cleaner Hope for Hoarding show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Migq11qF-NcLiving Proof Advocacyhttps://www.livingproofadvocacy.comLiving Proof Advocacy Clutter Chronicles blog posthttps://www.livingproofadvocacy.com/blog/2019/1/11/clutter-chronicles-one-womans-journey-through-stuffCharity Water/Scott Harrisonhttps://www.charitywater.orgLearn Do Becomehttps://learndobecome.com
6 Jan 2020
55: I don't Want It
Today we explore why we settle for things we don’t want.
22 Oct 2019
Today, we get to hear about Mary’s recent breakthrough experiences. It’s some good news today, friends.
13 Mar 2018
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Mary tells us about going into therapy and getting zapped by a power greater than herself.
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31: Office Clear Out & Tackle Boxes
Mary tells us about how she could turn on a dime and ready office space at home for her husband and the strategies she is using with boxes to help calm the chaos.
17 May 2018
53: The Flood
In today’s conversation, is it kitty accidents or something else? And is it a disaster or the best thing?
28 May 2019
30: Invisible Lifesaver
Mary talks about the healing conversations between she and her husband now that the shame, that dirty rotten scoundrel, is beginning to lift. And we discuss the invisible lifesaver that has been critical to her healing.
8 May 2018
33: Transition & Decision-Making Muscles
Last time. we caught up after several months between recording sessions and heard that Mary no longer had an out-of-control need to keep things. In today’s conversation we talk about how Mary has been learning, along with her preschoolers, how to transition and make better decisions, key skills she’s never learned before.
31 May 2018
8: Fighting the Hoarding Dragon
Living in her house full of stuff requires armor. What's it like for Mary to keep putting on and taking off the armor to fight the hoarding dragon? Also, what's her husband's perspective on all of her stuff?
28 Nov 2017
20: House Visit Aftermath
Last time we finished up my momentous visit to Mary’s house. We had set a goal at the beginning our our podcast to let me into her home. Today, we debrief how that visit went for each of us.
26 Feb 2018
39: Tapping into Resources
Mary is starting to tap resources that are proving quite helpful that she wasn’t ready or able to access before.
31 Jul 2018
9: Stuff Out the Door
Mary moves some stuff from her vintage clothing collection out the door.
7 Dec 2017
56: Are We There Yet?
We discuss why Mary cannot accept help and though she feels like she’s coming back to square one over and over, how she is really and truly changing for good.
22 Nov 2019
21: House Visit Aftermath Part 2
Last time we started processing through the aftermath of my visit to Mary’s house and we had more to explore, so here’s part two of that conversation.
6 Mar 2018
2: Childhood Unbelonging
Mary talks about her childhood, her pain of feeling misunderstood and the shame that brought. She clung to her stuffed toys because she didn't know how to voice her feelings and later turned to shopping to soothe her anxiety.
6 Nov 2017
42: Shredding & Tossing with Abandon
Mary has discovered the core of her hoarding and it’s the family’s paper memorabilia. Show Notes:Becoming Minimalist 12-week Uncluttered courseSunk cost fallacy is the behavioral economic theory that I was referring to in my example of the shirt I bought and didn’t want to get rid of. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, by Margareta MagnussonBarry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice, Ted talk (2005).Report Confirms No Need to Make New Chairs, The Onion, July 15, 2014
4 Sep 2018
43: Hoarding on the Inside
Mary shares the uncomfortable situation going on inside her body and how it relates to her external situation.
18 Sep 2018
44: Unhoarding on the Inside
Last time we talked, about three months ago, Mary shared the uncomfortable situation that was going on inside her body and how it related to her external hoarding situation. In today’s conversation, Mary explains the unclogging process, and it's no fun.
2 Oct 2018
16: Taming the Compulsive Shopping Dragon
We discuss how Mary stopped the inflow of stuff into her home by addressing her compulsive shopping habit. Also on deck: Will she or won’t she? Is Mary ready to let me into her home?
25 Jan 2018