Hoarding Kills

The death of a firefighter in Brooklyn is the latest high profile incident, where a hoarder has caused undue harm to themselves and/ or others, due to being incumbered with stuff.Fire image

Over the years, we at Disaster Masters® have recovered many hoarder’s homes that have been ravaged by fire and staved off many likely fire disasters too.

The image on the right is of an apartment in a Manhattan high-rise, where the owner had a small fire. We were able to recover the home successfully after the fire, but the apartment-owner and her neighbors were very lucky that the abundance of flammable material in the apartment did not cause the whole building to catch fire.

The image below is of a home in Queens, where much like the cause of the Brooklyn fire, the elderly homeowner had left an electrical wire buried amongst a mass of newspapers and garbage. The Queens homeowner was lucky, as the wires merely smoldered and did not start a significant blaze, the consequences of which would have been extremely grave.Pre fire image

Statics show that there are almost 6 hoarders on each of New York’s 72,000 city blocks, so there are a lot of people, many elderly and infirm, that are suffering from these conditions. If you, a loved one, client or colleague live amongst these conditions, please contact Disaster Masters at 1-800-ThePlan, or email us at helpme@theplan.com for immediate solutions.

Hoarding Facts

With over 30 years in this business, the Disaster Masters® have learned a lot about the people that the media call “hoarders” and how best to coach them to living new and better lives that are free from clutter, both on the floor and in their heads. Some of the Hoarding Facts that we have found to be completely true are interesting, some are funny and yet more are tragic. Below, you will find a selection of Hoarding Facts. Please go to our Hoarding Facts website, for a full list of the Hoarding Facts and check back frequently for updates.

Hoarding Fact: We at Disaster Masters® have found that the majority of people that are referred to as “hoarders” are very smart, the vast majority being college educated, some with several degrees, and some are even members of MENSA.

Hoarding Fact: A “hoarder’s” worst nightmare is anyone who they think is going come into their property, take charge and remove all of their belongings.

Hoarding Fact: Old people who cannot physically take out the trash are NOT “hoarders”; they have simply ran out of gas.

Hoarding Fact: You are a “hoarder”. Go to Hoarding Facts to find out more information.

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Ron interviewed on CBS

Here is a throw back Tuesday post. A younger looking Hoarding Coach , Ron Alford, is interviewed on CBS, regarding his work with Disaster Masters.

Disaster Masters® Services

Disaster Masters® offers a whole host of services.

Please check out the links below to see some of out other services.

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For further information, please contact us at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526), or reach out to Ron directly at:

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Disaster Masters® – The genesis of the Hoarding TV shows

Back in 2004, BBC contacted Disaster Masters® about making us a corner piece for an upcoming show they were planning to show the hidden side of life in New York City, A Life of Grime New York.

Disaster Masters® were featured on several episodes of the series, which was a huge ratings hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and were the genesis of the hoarding TV shows that subsequently aired on A&E and other networks. This episode aired on March 3rd 2005.

Disaster Masters® are still the country’s oldest and most reputable provider of Life Transition Management Services™ all across the US. If you, a family member, a loved one, or a client have a problem with hoarding, call The Disaster Masters® at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526) for immediate solutions or contact us below.

Disaster Masters® – a documented history of success in contents restoration management

MSNBC were so impressed with the work carried out by DISASTER MASTERS®, that they featured us in a Caught on Camera documentary in 2013.

If you, a family member, a loved one, or a client have a problem with hoarding, call The Disaster Masters® at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526) for immediate solutions or contact us below.

Disaster Masters®, the pioneers in contents restoration management and hoarding.

In 2001, DISASTER MASTERS® was documented as the pioneer in the contents restoration management industry, when Ron Alford was featured on an MSNBC Captured documentary. That still holds true now.

If you, a family member, a loved one, or a client have a problem with hoarding, call The Disaster Masters® at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526) for immediate solutions.

A New York kind of Clutter Problem

Before and afterKetamine, first edition books published in the 19th century, handguns, a bus map for the 1964 World’s Fair, stock certificates, bedbugs, millions of dollars in un-cashed checks, and thousands of pounds of human/ cat/ dog/ roach/ and possum poop…

Ron Alford and his Disaster Masters team have come across quite a lot of things that are somehow invisible to most of us, yet very much an everyday factor of New York City living for many.

Ron is the director of Disaster Masters, a crisis-management firm that have been decluttering what the media term as hoarders for over 35 years. Alford refers to his clients as disposophobics. Disposophobia, a term coined by Alford, is as he describes it, “the fear of getting rid of stuff”. He and Disaster Masters have been featured on a host of media outlets, including BBC and MSNBC.

Disposophobia is a self-taught behavior that can be rectified,” says Alford. “It is not something that can be cured by mental health professionals, TV shows, organizers or relatives.”

Alford does not hold out much hope of a cure from the prescription drug companies either. “Drugs will not solve the problem either,” he adds. “These efforts do not work, and more often than not, therapy can make the situation worse”. Just like any person that over consumes, an alcoholic, an over-eater, or a smoker, a disposophobic cannot be cured by therapy, but can be cured if they ask for coaching, says Alford.“Coaching is about tomorrow. Therapy is about yesterday.”

The specifics for each individual job are as varied as the contents. Some jobs involve saving an elderly inhabitant from being turfed out by an apartment board that has had enough of their cluttered way of life. Many are jobs that have been assigned by social workers and hospital discharge planners, so that their patient can return to their home. Others are just people that realized by whatever means, that they have too much stuff and couldn’t keep living the way they have chosen.

The clients don’t fall into a specific category either. To name but a few, I have witnessed the overstuffed homes of librarians, social workers, doctors, nurses, district attorneys, police officers, fire fighters, psychiatrists, teachers and business executives. One noticeable similarity between clients however, is that they all appear to be of a higher than average intelligence level. Many of them hold multiple degrees, MAs and PhDs.

One of the problems, says Ron Alford, is multitasking. “If you are unable to manage multitasking effectively, it is not long before you have generated chronic amounts of clutter in your home,” he contends. “The only way to effectively cure this is to change your thinking.”

Discovering the trigger behind a client’s accumulating tendencies, while the Disaster Masters crew peels back the years of garbage, that can date the mess like rings on a tree stump, gives a rare insight into many of the cities most brilliant minds. Statics show that there are almost 6 hoarders on each of New York’s 72,000 city blocks. Ron Alford and his Disaster Masters crew have a lot of work to do.

If you have a problem with hoarding or clutter, call Ron today at 1-800-ThePlan.

Do you have a clutter problem? Let us save you and your home.

The Disposophobia experts at the Disaster Masters recently transformed this house in Brooklyn from a hovel into a home, setting up the owner for a clutter-free life.

Do you have a clutter or a Disposophobia problem? Call me at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526), to get your life back on track today.

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Hoarding vs. Disposophobia (dis-pos-o-fo-bia)

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Disposophobia (dis-pos-o-fo-bia) is the fear of getting rid of stuff. Disposophobia is a human condition and is present in all of us to a certain extent. For example, not many of us would toss out our money, keys or cell phone. We have rational fears and irrational fears of parting with certain items. On one side of the spectrum, there are those who are referred to as hoarders; on the opposite side of the spectrum there are the minimalists. The irrational fear prevents discarding in general or prevents saving in general. What is irrational and rational is purely subjective!

What is not subjective however, is that there is a mix of rational and irrational fears associated with a lack of motivation, interest, and/or time management issues, which will create a condition in which clutter will most definitely accumulate. The environment of someone who clutters may resemble the environment of a hoarder, but in fact they have few if any irrational fears parting with things. The term “Disposophobia” describes the entire spectrum of these rational and irrational fears pertaining as it pertains to our ability to get rid of stuff.

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To find out more, go to www.disposophobia.com, or call us on 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526).