In between work and other daily responsibilities, many adults lack the time to keep up with household chores. When it comes to cleaning, procrastination is a common theme in individuals who lack the motivation to throw things away. However, clutter can eventually grow into an obsessive-compulsive illness known as hoarding.
Sarah Stitham, a certified professional organizer based in Olivebridge, New York, is one example of an individual who is raising awareness of the condition. She makes a living helping adults dig through their clutter and manage hoarding impulses, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Stitham told the news source that many of her clients are Baby Boomers and adults going through large changes, ranging from divorce to the loss of a loved one. Trauma often evokes hoarding compulsions in individuals as they attempt to hold onto their past. Stitham’s goal is to not only clean houses, but provide hoarders with the resources they need to manage their condition.
The average age that individuals who seek help for hoarding is 50, according the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Therapy can help people manage the condition over time.