Synopses & Reviews
On the front lines with extreme hoarders
The Secret Lives of Hoarders is much more than harrowing tales of attacking the ugliest, dirtiest, and most shocking hoarding cases in the country. It is a behind-the-scenes look at this hidden epidemic- what it means, how to recognize it before it gets out of hand, and how to deal with it.
Through his work with hundreds of clients in the worst circumstances- from the giant "rat's nest" that hid more than $13,000 in cash to a vast cache of cartoon pornography to twenty-five years' worth of unopened mail-Matt Paxton has learned to understand this disorder and his clients' impulses to collect, to speak the hoarders' language, and to reach out to them with compassion and concern while avoiding criticism and judgment. Most important, he guides compulsive hoarders successfully through every step of the clean-up and healing process.
The Secret Lives of Hoarders is an engrossing and sometimes unsettling look at extreme clutter but one that helps hoarders, their families, and their friends to find meaning in the chaos.
About the Author
is one of the most popular experts on the hit A&E show Hoarders
. Since 2006, Matt and his company, Clutter Cleaner, have worked with hundreds of clients, several of whom have appeared on the show. A popular speaker at trade shows, where he addresses issues of hoarding and senior relocation, he is a sought- after expert whose commentary has appeared on radio and television and in the press. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Visit his website at ClutterCleaner.biz
Follow Matt on Twitter @ClutterCleaner