MC Magazine - Spring 2020

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HOARDER? Staying home to stay well is also a chance to put our house in order – or at least that’s the theory.

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By Diane Cooke

or some people pruning wardrobes and clearing cupboards can be emotionally overwhelming. So we don’t do it.

Professional declutter expert Sian Pelleschi understands how clutter can easily become a burden. Her company Sorted! helps anyone from busy young families to older downsizers. But she says true hoarders may be living with depression, anxiety, grief. “Looking after a house has simply become too much. They know there’s an issue but don’t know how to resolve it and that adds to their anxiety.” She recalls a client who was distressed after being forced to move to a smaller home after her parents died. “The furniture completely filled the rooms. It was essential to create space for her to live in but it had to be done with understanding and empathy. We began by tackling the lounge and went from there.”

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Hoarders know there’s an issue but don’t know how to resolve it.

Mersey Care psychiatrist Fabian Devlin (right) agrees that sensitivity is key. He’s a book collector and has around 100 that he’s yet to read. But Fabian is keen to make the distinction between collectors and hoarders. “Collectors catalogue items and put them in order. Hoarders simply collect,” he says. Some people are more inclined to collect, such as those who grew up in austere times, or refugees who left their countries with few possessions. Others may have a physical problem but are reluctant to ask for help so struggle on. Fabian feels it’s a personal decision with reason. “Everyone deserves to have their choices respected, and for their home to be safe and healthy.”

Fabian Devlin

Professional declutterer Sian Pelleschi

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Articles inside

BE KIND

5min
pages 38-39

LISTEN TO ME

3min
pages 40-41

ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER

2min
page 31

DO STAY IN TOUCH

3min
pages 36-37

COULD ISOLATION BE SPLENDID?

5min
pages 34-35

REVEL IN NATURE

4min
pages 32-33

TIME TO THINK

3min
page 30

FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS

1min
page 26

A NEW WORLD

1min
page 25

MEET YOUR GOVERNOR

1min
page 19

MAKE IT FUN

3min
pages 28-29

WHEN THE KITCHEN BECOMES THE OFFICE

3min
page 27

STAYING WELL STAYING HOME

1min
pages 23-24

LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

5min
pages 20-22

DAY IN THE LIFE

1min
page 18

I FELT LIKE I WASN’T REALLY THERE

3min
pages 12-13

DYLAN SCORES A WINNER

2min
pages 10-11

WHO DARES WINS

5min
pages 4-5

THE TRAVELLERS’ FRIEND

4min
pages 7-9

LET’S GET PHYSICAL

2min
pages 14-15

SLEEP WELL

1min
page 6

WELCOME

1min
page 3

ARE YOU A HOARDER?

3min
pages 16-17
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