Episode 77 – Clutter Fairy client Jill talks about her journey into hoarding

In this podcast, Lesley talks to one of her Clutter Fairy clients, Jill, as they discuss the question 'What is hoarding?' This is such an open, honest and insightful discussion about one woman's journey with hoarding tendencies. One not to be missed, especially if you're curious about what hoarding is and how it affects people.

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Show Summary

  • Did Jill have any hoarding behaviours as a child?
  • How the death of her mum created huge void in her life.
  • How Jill bought lots of things to try and mask how she was feeling.
  • Watching the programme, "Hoarders Next Door" prompted her for the first time to pick up the phone and ask for help.
  • She had tried using decluttering books to find a way though her hoarding but they didn't help.
  • Working with a Professional Organiser has been stressful at times but positive.
  • Craft items are the things she finds most difficult to part with.
  • Does Jill think she will ever fully be free of her hoarding tendencies?

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  1. Hi Emma, nice to hear you’re still out there. Craft hoarding isn’t a quick fix and one thing Lesley has taught me is to just keep going and little by little it improves. Whilst Lesley really doesn’t know the difference between a stencil and an embossing folder, she has taught me to group like things together because until you see how much you have it’s not really real. Spent yesterday decluttering embossing powders – I could easily provision a shop! But now they are sorted – on wards to glitter😁

  2. I knew Jill’s voice as soon as I heard it! I’ve met her, not sure that she’ll remember me though. I’m also a craft hoarder, Amongst many other things.. but unfortunately share my house with my large family. Everything Jill said resonates with me. I just don’t know where to start. My problem is that I no longer have an income due to illness, so keep things just in case..
    I listened to this podcast hoping for inspiration, I got a blast from the past and the push I needed.. have to start somewhere!

    1. Hi Emma, that’s unbelievable! I’ll let Jill know. The follow up episode all about craft is a couple of weeks away so definitely listen into that one and we have a brilliant craft podcast that we did a while ago https://declutterhub.com/podcast/7-habits-that-cause-clutter-in-creative-workspaces/

      Come and join our FB group if you are on Fb, loads and loads of inspiration in there https://www.facebook.com/groups/declutterhubcommunity/

      Thanks for listening, Emma.

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