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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good start for me, March 20, 2010
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This review is from: What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know About Hoarding (Paperback)
Believe it or not, i am interested in becoming a professional organizer. My own house has been my first project and my dad's is next (he asked me). I had two relatives , now deceased, that I can now see were classic hoarders. I wish I had known enough to help them. I'm trying to learn all I can about organizing, clutterbusting and hoarding. I think the book is useful and the author knows what she is talking about. I would have given it 5 stars except for a few things: I agree with the other reviewer that the editing is very poor and gives the book an amateurish look, although it is not. I would have liked the book to have more substance, maybe be longer. The author also pushes her own organization every chance she gets. This may be justifiable; I have a lot more research to do. She is right about getting things in writing and using forms. She probably also should have suggested having your own attorney. As it happens, I am an attorney, I may be able to take care of these things myself, but not everyone will. I see this as a great second, part time, or post retirement career. This book is full of good practical suggestions and I particularly liked the author's repeated statements about respecting the client, their things, and their home. I'm likely to read more of Judith Kolberg's books and everything else I can find. This is a book from the organizer's point of view, which was also a great help to me. I think as a reformed messy person, I may be able to help others. I'm glad I read this book.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource but needs serious grammar edit, February 26, 2010
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This book offers very solid advice on dealing with those suffering from a hoarding problem. The author has clearly done extensive research and offers sound strategies to benefit not only organizing professionals, but also family members, authorities and health-care practitioners.

My only gripe is that the book appears never to have been copy-edited. The author has a penchant for misusing commas, either adding them indiscriminately and with abandon throughout her text or dropping them where they should appear. These glaring grammatical mistakes are plentiful enough to signify a true breakdown in the editing process. The grammar problem is, quite simply, a major distraction from what is otherwise a very competent, informative work.

Perhaps the poor editing is the fault of the publisher. Perhaps the author herself is to blame. Either way, someone needs to take a red marker to this book immediately.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, December 2, 2013
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It shows the insight to a hoarders mind and how to not take things personally when the hoarder disagrees with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, March 6, 2013
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very imformative for me to understand hoarding as i am trying to start my own business as a profesional organizer.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for those who want to deal with hoarding, August 30, 2011
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Good book for those who want to deal with hoarding issues from the perspective of professional organizing. You love organize as a hobbie or as a career you'll need this material.
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What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know About Hoarding
What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know About Hoarding by Judith Kolberg (Paperback - February 4, 2009)
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