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Clutter Chronicles

This podcast series is an ongoing conversation with Mary, who calls herself a recovering hoarder. She is willing to share her up-til-now very private life in an effort to be helpful to others, may they be packrats, someone who loves a hoarder or those who just want to understand something that's mystifying to them. We go step by step through the muck, the stuck places, the victories. We don't know when and if she will recover from her "unusual relationship with stuff." Come along with me and cheer Mary on as she does the very hard work of healing. Will she ever let me into her home? Stay tuned.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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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

Rank #1

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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

Rank #2

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55: I don't Want It

Today we explore why we settle for things we don’t want.


22 Oct 2019

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22: Breakthroughs

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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7: Therapy + Getting Zapped

Mary tells us about going into therapy and getting zapped by a power greater than herself.


21 Nov 2017

Rank #5

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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

Rank #6

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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

Rank #7

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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

Rank #8

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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

Rank #9

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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

Rank #10

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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

Rank #11

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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

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9: Stuff Out the Door

Mary moves some stuff from her vintage clothing collection out the door.


7 Dec 2017

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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

Rank #14

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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

Rank #15

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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

Rank #16

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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

Rank #17

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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

Rank #18

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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

Rank #19

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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

Rank #20