Hoarders of Long Island New York -- Can you use some FREE Help?

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Hoarders of Long Island New York...Can you use some FREE Help? 

(This is an old post from 2009. The Free service is no longer being offered. A local News Station was in search to help certain individuals with hording and during the year of 2009 they have completed that offer.)

 

Hoarding is becoming a more serious problem on Long Island NY.  There are many people who have such a difficult time letting go of objects that they begin to clutter their home.   These items are usually saved because they "may be needed at another time" or a person or persons feels some kind of connection to them.

There is a certain amount of ‘safety' in keeping things around.  Unfortunately, it is an issue that often becomes out of control.  Their items begin to take over their lives.  There is often shame and guilt associated with the Hoarding of objects.  Hoarders may stop inviting people over and often feel hopeless and helpless.

As New York Feng Shui consultants we have worked with several Hoarders.  I would like to say I've had success with all of them but I haven't.  I can explain things from a Feng Shui Perspective as in the case of one lovely Long Island couple who called us in to help "organize." 

Long Island NY Hoarding by Feng Shui Consultant Laura Cerrano Long Island

In Feng Shui, Energy RISES.  The energy of things stored in a basement will affect you in a number of ways, even if you are on another level.  Also think of what is "hanging over your head" with storage in the attic.  This can keep you stuck in life as many Long Island NY hoarders feel.

Before we could organize, I had to help them learn to part with items they believed to be treasured.  In every room it was difficult to walk and their beautiful young son could not invite his friends over.  As we went from room to room we were able to explain the damaging effects from a Feng Shui Perspective.

Finally, we got some boxes out of the car.  Carefully we went through just one small part of the home....the Dining Room table and chairs.  They hadn't been able to eat a meal there in as long as they could remember.  Sorting through the objects on the table and chairs we were able to discard some things.  Others we put in a "donation" box and the remaining items we kept but put away.

This inspired this Long Island family to stop hoarding and begin to clean up and let go.  I'd receive frequent updates about their progress from them and I was delighted.  Hoarding is a sensitive issue but there IS help.

Long Island Home by Long Island Feng Shui Consultant Laura Cerrano

Cleaning one SMALL area can make a huge difference in getting clutter under control.  This Long Island family felt the difference immediately and it inspired them to keep cleaning up and out!

Recently, Laura Cerrano of http://FengShuiManhattan.com received an inquiry from a news station who would like to team up and offer their services as well to a person or family on Long Island NY who has been hoarding or unable to let go of things.  In addition to Feng Shui for this Long Island home, there will be 10 additional days of organizational assistance.

Further, in order to keep your home clean and organized additional free help will be provided as follow up services.  There is absolutely no charge for all of the services and you will be treated with the utmost care and respect.

Any family or individual on Long Island that has been finding themselves buried in "clutter" or hoarding objects is welcome to contact us for these free services.  You will begin to live a new life and will learn about Feng Shui, Organizing and a safe and happy household.

 

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Carole, it is so easy to accumulate stuffs, it always get out of hand before we know it.  I try to get rid of some things every now and then, never have enough room to store them.  Over accumulation can drain your energy, because it takes energy to clean them out, haha.  Thanks for reminding us.

Nov 08, 2009 04:03 PM #12
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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OMG - I understand that this is a serious problem for some - I just makes me antsy seeing the picture above!  I used to keep things because I thought they held memories, then I realized that the physical object wasn't the memory at all.  I can see how clutter could REALLY mess up a persons focus, energy, and make them feel stifled.  I used to watch Clean Sweep when it was on years ago and my son and I "play" it twice a year with his stuff. 

Nov 08, 2009 09:32 PM #13
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Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Carole,
I suspect there are many "layers" of hoarding and I think most of us fit into one of them.  I saw a program recently on tv on the subject and a point was brought out that I had never thought about:  the dust, dust mites trapped in items stored for long periods of time and how that can affect one's health.

Nov 08, 2009 09:37 PM #14
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Carole,

Beautifully written article.  You have inspired me to clean up the clutter in my office this day!  Clutter does really dampen efficiency and creativity.  Thanks and have a great week. 

Carole, any chance you can tape the TV broadcast part and post it on You Tube, and provide us with a link from your post?  It would be fun to see Laura and you in action!

Nov 08, 2009 10:13 PM #15
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Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Carole,

Just had a closing on a condo that I viewed as the "clutter capitol of the free world." Only when I saw an ad for the Hoarders reality show did it dawn on me that this could be a serious problem for someone.

May the newscast boost business for you and Laura!

Nov 08, 2009 11:13 PM #16
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Carole, what a truly amazing impact you have on peoples' lives.  This is a great example of your caring and patience and expertise in Feng Shui.  I had never thought about the negative energy related to hoarding.  BTW, I am finally meeting with our Feng Shui expert in the greater Charlotte area this Wednesday.  I will let you know  how it goes!

Nov 08, 2009 11:31 PM #17
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Carole - as a hoarder myself, I know how hard it is to let go of things. Great explanation of how it helps to declutter.

Nov 09, 2009 01:39 AM #18
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Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

Carole, hoarding, apparently, is a huge problem.  Even Dr. Oz has touched on the subject lately.  It's not something people can easily stop doing.  It's a medical issue that takes time and patience...

It all starts with people WANTING help, though. 

Nov 09, 2009 01:48 AM #19
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Ann, I'm sorry there is so much shame associated with this illness.  It can be overcome with a lot of work, though and people feel SO much better!

 

Nov 09, 2009 03:33 AM #20
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Laxson Associates, We could certainly be helping others while helping ourselves.  I have seen people donate their items to some very needly families and it's a win/win situation.

Hannah, Use the old rule...lighten up by three things for every one thing you bring into the house.  I cleaned my desk this morning and even that feels good :)

Martha, I do hope they take advantage of it.  It's not only our help but the best of free help from other organizers and they're items will be donated or taken away for free.

Dena, It is a difficult problem but becoming more prevailant.  When people want help they need to know it's out there and it's FREE.  They don't have to live that life any longer.

Joan, It feels SO good.  All clutter and the removal of it is a huge Feng Shui principle to allow new Energy IN....but this issue goes beyond clutter and has to be addressed from several different methods so it doesn't return.

Jackie, I know it doesn't get enough attention.  I hope people realize they don't have to live that kind of life and when they are ready for help, it's available.

Susan, Oh, my friend, you and I would have fun while we lightened up your space!  I'm a good motivator and I know you could do it!

Diane, We often have to address real clutter issues in Feng Shui.  Until we can get our clients to clean up and let go, there is no room for new Energy.  A recent home had clutter only in ONE area....their money area.  That hit home for them and you can bet they're going to clean it out.

Debbie, It really does feel good to let go.  I have had to do so much of it lately and I don't mind at all...I actually find the less things I have around the better I feel.

Alexsandra, I just cleaned my desk again this morning.  It wasn't bad at all, I just can't stand papers and things left out. 

Rita, I used to store my things in the basement.  When it flooded I had to let go of so many things, some of them precious to me.  Now I realize it's not the "things" that matter at all...it's the people.

Leesa, That was just clutter...not hoarding.  And I minimized it so there is nothing identifiable in it.  But cleaning ONE little area made a huge difference for this family and it worked.  They were able to clean out and let go and they had so many good things come into their lives.

Cynthia, Some things we can't do much about.  Dust mites are one of them no matter how clean we are (although they do have a new technology that freezes them--they come right back).  I'm speaking more of the people who literally can't walk through their home because it is filled floor to ceiling.  It's an extreme case and yes, there are many levels.

Bruce, I'm glad I inspired someone to clean...I did it most of the morning myself!  It it airs I certainly will annouce it and thank you for asking.

Irene, This problem should become more nationally known.  Lately it has gotten more media because some people really see there is help out there and the help works.

Diane, I am thrilled, what a wonderful combo to possibly add to your business.  In all respect please find someone who also knows Western Methods so there are always methods and "cures" to fix a home or business your client loves.

Mike, It does help to let go and allow new things to come into our lives.  I've seen it when I've done it in my own home. 

Sylvie, It is not at ALL easy for hoarder to stop their compulsion.  That's why we're hoping this program works....Not just Feng Shui but Organizers and mental heath experts to follow up and break this "addiction" to provide real help.

Nov 09, 2009 04:02 AM #21
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Carole: Hoarding can be damaging on so many levels. I'm glad you hear that your Feng Shui consultation and gentle nudging helped your clients to start working through their clutter issues.

Nov 09, 2009 05:15 AM #22
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Michelle, It is so damaging and maybe it's the exposure that we're hearing of it more and more.  It does help to explain and show clients the possibilities but they do need follow ups to ensure they stay focused and clutter free.

Nov 09, 2009 12:31 PM #23
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Carole, they say if you move a lot it can cure you of being a pack rat, but then some people just move the boxes around...

Nov 09, 2009 01:58 PM #24
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Gabriela Agostinelli
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Carole congratulations on Laura Cerrano and your project!

Nov 09, 2009 11:31 PM #25
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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
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Carole - this is an excellent post, and thanks for the information about energy. I enjoy reading your posts, and this will motivate me to de-cluttered and organized.

Nov 10, 2009 09:43 AM #26
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Hoarding can be such a problem for both Feng Shui consultants and Realtors trying to list a home for sale.

Once again, I can now apply what I've learned from your posts into my daily work life.

Nov 10, 2009 10:52 AM #27
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gary, We're hoping to help people do more than just move boxes around..hopefully move them out side or even donate the extra items.

Gabriela, Thank you, we are still hoping that an individual will come forward so we can help them.

Sharon, I'm glad to hear that this has inspired you to De-clutter!

Craig, As a Realtor agent and Feng Shui Consultant we can only suggest ways in how to improve their situation...its ultimately up to them if they truly want to change the energy in their home to move forward.

Nov 10, 2009 12:37 PM #28
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

That looks like a typical Southern California attic. Or garage for that matter.

Reminds me of George Carlin who said that our homes are merely places to store all of our stuff while we go to work to make more money so we can buy more stuff. Except that he used a few choice words for "stuff."

Nov 16, 2009 03:02 PM #29
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Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Carole, you are clearly in the business of changing lives! Sometimes I can wonder about the "meaningfulness" of dressing up houses just to sell them (one perspective), but then again, in the process people are treated with dignity, helped through a stressful time of their lives with compassion, and maybe even given a whole new freedom they never even could have imagined!

Nov 17, 2009 02:28 AM #30
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Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Carole,

You never stop amazing me!  What an excellent post about a sensitive subject.  A relative of mine was a hoarder, you could hardly walk in her home.  It really is a disease and can take over a person's life.  This is an excellent service you are offering.

-Kate

Nov 20, 2009 07:26 AM #31
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