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The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life Hardcover – November 22, 2011

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“I would say that Dr. Zasio's book is about the best self-help work I've read in my 46 years as a health and science writer. She seems to know all the excuses and impediments to coping effectively with a cluttering problem, and she offers practical, clinically proven antidotes to them.” ―Jane Brody, The New York Times

“An easy to read, well-organized guide to improving your life and reforming the way you look at the mundane.” ―Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

ROBIN ZASIO, PsyD, LCSW, is a featured doctor on the Emmy-nominated hit A&E series Hoarders and specializes in treating hoarding and other anxiety-related conditions. She lives in Sacramento.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609611314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609611316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My house has been filling up with clutter and though I wouldn't say I was quite at the hoarder stage, I found this book to be helpful and insightful. Some important issues raised were the differences in brain activity in hoarders and how cognitive-behavioral therapy really can help, how sometimes hoarding is secondary to other mental health issues(such as OCD).

I think hoarding is so stigmatized and isolating, it is difficult for those who have an issue to reach out for help. This book helps people know that hoarding has something behind it- it isn't just a matter of laziness or being a dirty or cluttered person.

I could really relate to the part about how hoarding can devastate someone's life by becoming such an obstacle they feel they are better off stuck at home. The author's message is clear- don't just clean up the mess, the mess is a symptom- cure the disease and the hoarding can be fixed.

If you are a hoarder, know a hoarder or are afraid you might turn into one- I highly recommend this book. Has some good tips for people who aren't the type of hoarders that hoard massive piles of papers etc. in their home but have a singular issue like keeping a massive pile of mail because you might need something for tax purposes, etc.. The author goes through several important rooms in the home and discusses ways to manage the de-cluttering.

Very interesting and insightful book
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I too saw this book reviewed by the NY Times and bought it for my Kindle the same day. While I don't have a problem with hoarding (no really, I swear!) the book has helped me with clutter, organization, and letting go. It was also well-written and well-organized. I liked how each chapter gave an overview of a particular behavior and then dove deeply into it and how to treat it. This allowed me to skip over the parts that weren't relevant to me and focus on the ones that were.

The book helped me make three changes in my relationship to stuff. It helped me recognize "excessive acquirer" tendencies in myself. Too good a deal to pass up? Buying more in bulk than I need? Imagining someone who could use it? Guilty but getting better.

The book also gave me specific suggestions for dealing with areas like my closet and files. Finally it helped me to see the "opportunity cost" of keeping things that I am not really using. This was particularly helpful in cleaning out my freezer and pantry.

In sum, Dr. Zasio helped me realize a few behaviors that were detracting me from my best life and she provided me common sense advice that helped me change my perspective and behavior. Buying and reading this book was time and money well spent.
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I enjoyed this read and believe that many people with hoarding or clutter tendencies would find it useful. The author provides a good discussion of hoarding situations (from moderate to extreme), along with real-life examples to which many others may be able to relate. The book covers both hoarders and the people who live with hoarders, so if you are not a hoarder yourself, you may find some useful tips on working with the person in your life who is. The second half of the book discusses identifying what kind of hoarder you might be, various treatments available, and the steps you can take to modify your shopping/collection habits, clearing your clutter (with suggestions for each individual room in your house), and maintaining a better lifestyle.

I found the "Placing Yourself on the Continuum" chapter to be very helpful in determining what type of "clutterer" you are - and it is also quite motivating if you, like me, end up realizing that you're more of a clutter collector than you had hoped. I also liked how the author discussed dealing with objects that were gifts or were from a deceased love one - I get so guilty over throwing these items away in particular, and the author provided a lot of good checklists/bullet points to remember when dealing with these objects. I think the author also did a great job in explaining how to modify your shopping habits and the things you should think about when buying more items.

Overall, the author has a good conversational writing style that makes for an easy read and strikes the right balance between being serious but encouraging. The frequent real-life examples also keep the book from becoming dry. I must admit that I haven't read very many of these books, so I can't speak to whether this book offers anything new if you've already read a great deal on this subject. For someone who hasn't read a lot of these books, however, I think this is a good place to start.
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The book itself is very helpful for coming to terms with the emotions behind cluttering, and providing steps for alleviating it. I'm commenting on the Kindle Edition format only.

Since I'd never seen the hard copy, it took me about four instances before I realized that a horizontal bar across the page was supposed to be telling me I was reading "side bar" content, which was interrupting the chronological flow of the chapter. By "side bar content", I mean numbered lists of things, which in paper books you might see headed on the side of the page with "Did You Know?". I'm not really sure how an e-book should be formatted when there are content sections mixed in with the main flow, but this presentation made the text seem broken up and scattered. Like when you accidentally turn two pages of a paper book and can't figure out how you got from the thought at the end of the earlier page to the thought at the beginning of this one.

Perhaps these "side sections" should be formatted into the ends of the chapters.
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