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Conquer the Clutter

Written by: Elaine Birchall, Suzanne Cronkwright
Narrated by: Elaine Birchall
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Why does Cliff, a successful lawyer who regularly wins landmark cases, step over two-foot piles of paper whenever he opens his front door? Why do Joan and Paul ask Children's Services to take their three children, instead of decluttering their home? Why does Lucinda feel intense pressure to hold onto her family's heirlooms, even though she has no room for them? They have hoarding disorder, which an estimated two to six percent of the adult population worldwide experience.

Conquer the Clutter offers hope to anyone affected by hoarding. Real-life vignettes, combined with easy-to-use assessment and intervention tools, support those who hoard - and those who care about them. Written by Elaine Birchall, a social worker dedicated to helping people declutter and achieve long-term control over their belongings, the book:

  • Provides an overview of hoarding, defining what it is and is not
  • Explains the difference between clutter and hoarding
  • Describes different types of hoarding in detail, including impulse shopping, "closet" hoarding, and animal hoarding
  • Debunks myths about hoarding and hoarders
  • Explores the effects that hoarding has on relationships, on work, and on physical and financial health
  • Presents a practical, step-by-step plan of action for decluttering
  • Contains dedicated advice from individuals who have successfully overcome their hoarding disorder

The most comprehensive work about hoarding on the market, Conquer the Clutter discusses special populations who are not often singled out, such as the disabled and the elderly. Numerous worksheets to assist individuals in determining the scope of their hoarding disorder and tackling the problem, as well as over 40 pages of additional resources, are available online at jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/conquer-clutter.

©2021 Elaine Birchall and Suzanne Cronkwright (P)2021 Elaine Birchall

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Couldn't get past the narrator

Awful Narration. Over the top dramatic, I'm not looking for a radio drama, just a book on clutter

Do not reccommend

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  • 2023-01-25

Has some merit, but Presumptious and Self-Important

Has some valid ideas, but too much of handing out assumptions and definitions about what you should do and think and feel. Feels arrogant and condescending and self-important. Also downright boring, literally fell asleep many times, can be used as white noise sleep aid. Very hard to keep following without losing the thread or dozing off.
She basically assumes that you're overwhelmed, that stuff is the problem, and that the one and only solution is getting rid of things, effectively treating the listener or person concerned as as an incompetent person without insight ( which is probably not the case for most people who buy and listen to audiobooks ) and with an inevitable outcome, which determines the entire presentation. Much dogmatic-sounding repetition.
If you're looking for a good intro into the topic, "Stuff" by Dr Randy Frost is a far better one, and doesn't have nearly as much of the above, that one is actually pleasant to listen to.

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