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Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring
Allison Taisey is a project coordinator with the Northeast IPM Center in New York. She recently wrote about the hoarding problem on her new blog, IPM in Multifamily Housing. Allison has been working with multifamily housing for several years and assisted with a multifamily housing training that I wrote about last year. In her work she has encountered hoarding multiple times and has explored the connection between hoarding and IPM more than anyone I know.
Hoarding, she writes, is a complex disorder that involves problems with disorganization, collecting too many items, and developing an emotional attachment with those items that is hard to break. Hoarders cannot just "clean things up", at least not without help. Many people have been made aware of the hoarding issue through the A&E television program "Hoarders".