Clutter Chronicles

Clutter Chronicles
This podcast series is an ongoing conversation with Mary, who calls herself a recovering hoarder. She is willing to share her up-til-now very private life in an effort to be helpful to others, may they be packrats, someone who loves a hoarder or those …

56: Are We There Yet?
Nov 21 • 26 min
We discuss why Mary cannot accept help and though she feels like she’s coming back to square one over and over, how she is really and truly changing for good.
55: I don’t Want It
Oct 22 • 34 min
Today we explore why we settle for things we don’t want.
54: Working Inside Anxiety
Oct 8 • 36 min
As if on cue, another backward step in the healing process for Mary, and we bring her anxiety issues into focus.
53: The Flood
May 28 • 46 min
In today’s conversation, is it kitty accidents or something else? And is it a disaster or the best thing?
52: Sunshine in Her Voice
May 2 • 38 min
Mary’s progress takes a turn for the very good when she goes to a healing retreat and magic ensues, but not before she freezes her tail off!
51: Wouldn’t a Dumpster Help?
Apr 18 • 26 min
In today’s conversation, I ask Mary what she thinks about getting a dumpster to help speed her progress.
50: Charity is the Antidote to Hoarding
Apr 5 • 25 min
Mary starts getting us caught up on the progress she’s been making over the past four months, packing up her car and getting rid of loads and loads of stuff.
49: Stuff is Dangerous to My Soul
Jan 22 • 29 min
We talk about how Mary’s “life is short” lesson is impacting her in the time since her friend Lisa’s untimely death.
48: What’s Wrong with Them?
Dec 4, 2018 • 31 min
In today’s conversation, we check in on how her “Wet It Go Wednesday” plan has been working out.
47: From Shame to Worthiness
Nov 20, 2018 • 46 min
Mary talks about moving from the arena of hoarding to one of hope and explains how she has made leaps in her healing from shame with the help of her therapist.
46: Life is Short
Nov 6, 2018 • 27 min
Mary shares a very sad story that is giving her a new perspective and motivating her like never before.
45: Good Better Best
Oct 16, 2018 • 28 min
Mary talks about how her relationship to clothing is starting to shift and how she’s poised to start letting go of a brand new category of her treasures.
44: Unhoarding on the Inside
Oct 2, 2018 • 39 min
Mary explains the unclogging process as a result of her internal hoarding, and it’s no fun.
43: Hoarding on the Inside
Sep 18, 2018 • 27 min
Mary shares the uncomfortable situation going on inside her body and how it relates to her external situation.
42: Shredding & Tossing with Abandon
Sep 4, 2018 • 46 min
Mary has discovered the core of her hoarding and it’s the family’s paper memorabilia.
41: Higher Expectations
Aug 21, 2018 • 27 min
Mary is peeling away more and more shame and raising expectations for what her home can be.
40: So Much Hope it Hurts
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
Mary describes the hope she is allowing herself to feel now as she moves stuff out of the #1 position in her life.
39: Tapping into Resources
Jul 31, 2018 • 24 min
Mary is starting to tap resources that are proving quite helpful that she wasn’t ready or able to access before.
38: On the Cusp of Normalcy
Jul 18, 2018 • 31 min
Mary recognizes the progress she’s made and feels she’s on the cusp of normalcy.
37: Space = Anxiety
Jul 3, 2018 • 29 min
Mary did get the garage cleared out but it brought anxiety more than anything, which was a big surprise to me.
36: Letting Go of Old Thoughts & Ways
Jun 26, 2018 • 27 min
Mary is letting go old thoughts and old ways which is really the hardest part.
35: Crossing into Truth
Jun 19, 2018 • 36 min
Mary shares with us her new goal of getting the garage cleared out to park their truck inside during the winter.
34: Trash Redefined
Jun 7, 2018 • 36 min
In today’s conversation, Mary has learned another new skill: how to fill up a garbage can.
33: Transition & Decision-Making Muscles
May 31, 2018 • 43 min
n today’s conversation we talk about how Mary has been learning, along with her preschoolers, how to transition and make better decisions, key skills she’s never learned before.
32: Letting Go
May 24, 2018 • 33 min
In today’s conversation we catch up after several months between recording sessions and hear that Mary no longer has an out-of-control need to keep things and we find out why.
31: Office Clear Out & Tackle Boxes
May 17, 2018 • 23 min
Mary tells us about how she could turn on a dime and ready office space at home for her husband and the strategies she is using with boxes to help calm the chaos.
30: Invisible Lifesaver
May 8, 2018 • 26 min
Mary talks about the healing conversations between she and her husband now that the shame, that dirty rotten scoundrel, is beginning to lift, and we discuss the invisible lifesaver that has been critical to her healing.
29: Hooray for Hoarders!
May 1, 2018 • 22 min
Mary’s stuff is beginning to lose power and the power is now shifting to Mary.
28: Floodgates Open
Apr 24, 2018 • 34 min
Mary recognizes what her stuff has been doing to her and the floodgates open.
27: Spouse Check-in
Apr 17, 2018 • 23 min
We check in on how things are going with her spouse. With him loving space and her needing to fill it up, it can be tricky.
26: Letting Go of Family Heirlooms
Apr 10, 2018 • 27 min
Mary describes what it was like to say goodbye to her mother’s things and the trust required to let them go. We also heard how the dog purse went over at the vintage store.
25: Family Heirlooms: Treasure or Clutter?
Apr 3, 2018 • 27 min
Mary brings her family heirloom linens to sell and has a rough time of it.
24: Turning Hoarding Inside Out
Mar 27, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss our admiration for Amanda Palmer’s “Art of Asking” TED talk, what it’s like to ask people for help and how our podcast project is like science fiction, turning hoarding inside out.
23: Making Room
Mar 20, 2018 • 24 min
Mary is now able to get glimpses about what she would do with her time instead of marshaling her stuff.
22: Breakthroughs
Mar 13, 2018 • 16 min
Today, we get to hear about Mary’s recent breakthrough experiences. It’s some good news today, friends.
21: House Visit Aftermath Part 2
Mar 6, 2018 • 45 min
Last time we started processing through the aftermath of my visit to Mary’s house and we had more to explore, so here’s part two of that conversation.
20: House Visit Aftermath
Feb 26, 2018 • 33 min
We debrief my momentous visit to Mary’s house.
19: House Visit Part 3
Feb 15, 2018 • 26 min
In this last conversation visiting Mary’s house she reveals what she really wants to be able to do with her time instead of worry about her stuff.
18: House Visit Part 2
Feb 8, 2018 • 27 min
In this conversation I see the worst of Mary’s house: her most packed rooms and things got a little weird for us.
17: Mary Lets Me In: House Visit Part 1
Feb 1, 2018 • 38 min
Mary lets me visit her house, and this is a very big deal.
16: Taming the Compulsive Shopping Dragon
Jan 25, 2018 • 30 min
We discuss how Mary stopped the inflow of stuff into her home by addressing her compulsive shopping habit.
15: Hoarders on TV
Jan 18, 2018 • 23 min
We get Mary’s perspective on the Hoarders TV show and we discuss the email that she wrote to God.
14: Procrastination Bandwagon
Jan 11, 2018 • 22 min
Mary gets rid of her precious vintage robe and lives to tell the tale!
13: More Resistance
Jan 4, 2018 • 22 min
Mary talks about trying to make a 2nd vintage clothing store appointment in the midst of heavy resistance.
12: Resistance
Dec 28, 2017 • 24 min
Mary experiences resistance after her recent success getting rid of some of her vintage clothing collection.
11: Going Back to Where it all Began
Dec 21, 2017 • 24 min
Mary returns to her childhood home where it all began.
10: Stuff Out the Door Part 2
Dec 14, 2017 • 25 min
More about the momentous clear out of Mary’s vintage clothing and accessory items and what makes someone worthy of receiving her precious stuff.
9: Stuff Out the Door
Dec 7, 2017 • 25 min
Mary moves some stuff from her vintage clothing collection out the door.
8: Fighting the Hoarding Dragon
Nov 28, 2017 • 28 min
How Mary and her husband cope with living in a house full of stuff.
7: Therapy + Getting Zapped
Nov 21, 2017 • 25 min
Mary tells us about going into therapy and getting zapped by a power greater than herself.
6: Epiphany
Nov 16, 2017 • 27 min
Mary wonders if she has been buying things to prove that she exists.
5: “I’m a hoarder.”
Nov 9, 2017 • 31 min
Mary shares when she was ready to admit that she was a hoarder, begin the healing process and let people help her. What’s the difference between a minimalist (her husband) and a hoarder: someone who is in charge of their stuff and someone who isn’t.
4: Rock Bottom
Nov 8, 2017 • 20 min
Mary shares her rock bottom low point and discovers that her stuff is getting in the way of living. She also discovers, miraculously, how to start taking better steps.
3: Crossroads
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
Mary came to a crossroad in her adult life when she realized she was out of control. That was 10 years ago.
2: Childhood Unbelonging
Nov 6, 2017 • 23 min
We go back in time to see where things began.
1: Meet Mary, a Recovering Hoarder
Nov 5, 2017 • 20 min
This is the first conversation with Mary, a recovering hoarder, who is sharing her healing journey.