I, Terina Bainter, am an advocate for those with hoarding tendencies and their families. Hoarding is a real and serious problem that stands to decrease the quality of life for the person who hoards and their family members. The DSM-5 classifies hoarding as a disorder characterized by a person’s difficulty in giving or throwing away their possessions, irrespective of their value. The challenge for individuals with hoarding tendencies is reaching out for help, since many are ashamed of their living conditions.
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Terina & Hoarding
"Only after researching the problem did I really begin to understand the biological differences existing in the mind of a person with hoarding disorder versus those who do not.
A person who hoards present a physical anomaly in brain function and it is not something a person can usually change without professional support.
My desire to help those who hoard to organize their spaces is a direct reaction to my own family members’ hoarding behaviors. I understand firsthand the effects of hoarding on a family. Family members may feel that the person who hoards values their possessions more than their spouses, children, or grandchildren. In actuality, the person who hoards needs assistance coping with the anxiety involved in letting items go.
After completing courses through the Institute for the Challenging Disorganization, I started work as a volunteer with the King Pierce County Hoarding Task Force. I am educated and prepared to assist those suffering from hoarding disorder. I offer my expertise as a Certified Professional Organizer® to assist people who hoard in decluttering, repurposing, and organizing storage, in a non-judgmental, patient, and safe environment.
If you would like professional assistance with hoarding environments, please contact me at 253.604.4963 "
Terina M. Bainter CPO®, COC®, ACC
Owner, Clutter Cutters, LLC.
Please note, if we determine the level of the hoard requires additional professionals to help support the individual and home, I have a list of qualified resources that we can work in collaboration with.