Organizing books need to be organized

Organizing books

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The image on the right was taken at a recent Disaster Masters project in Manhattan. The client had amassed several dozen books about organizing and getting rid of clutter, but all were just part of the mess that started at the front door and continued throughout the apartment. She had not read a single chapter in any of the books.

Like many others that are classed by the media as hoarders, she had time management and multi-tasking issues. The books became the problem, rather than helping her to find a solution.

The real way to solve this mess comes from within. The first step to freeing yourself from the strangling effects of too much stuff is to make the decision to call the Disaster Masters.

Our coaching and Life Transition Management services are rungs on the ladder in freeing you from the cluttered life that you have created for yourself.

If you, a loved one, client or colleague need assistance with a hoarding or Disposophobia problem, please contact us at 1-800-ThePlan, or email me at for immediate solutions.


Disaster Masters versus the trash haulers

Kitchen before Disaster Masters.

Kitchen before Disaster Masters.

When a client or loved one has a problem with hoarding and clutter, where do you turn to find a solution? Do you hire a garbage removal service, or do you call a Contents Management Specialist, like Disaster Masters®, that have been in the business of giving cluttered clients a new life for over 30 years? Will you use or recommend the right resource to solve their problem in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible?

Disaster Masters®

  • Our seasoned staff is educated. We know where to recover assets of all kinds. We recover and set aside for our clients, valuable treasures that have long been forgotten.
  • Our staff know how to find bills, envelopes with un-cashed checks, deeds, birth and death certificates, and much more.
  • Our Life Transition Management System™ has been helping to solve our client’s hoarding and clutter issues for 30 years. Our partnership is with each and every one of our clients.
  • Judges recommend us, attorneys praise us, social workers trust their charges into our care.
  • Disaster Masters® restore people’s lives.

Garbage removers

    • The more they haul away, the more money they make. They trash all items in the home – both good and bad.
    • Laborers do not know the difference between junk mail and a dividend check.
    • They sell your valuables at auctions.
    • They sell your valuables at flea markets.
    • It is little wonder that untrained day laborers and small moving companies simply throw everything away – they see it as garbage.
    • They get paid twice – when they haul it and when they sell it.
    • They haul trash.
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Kitchen after Disaster Masters.

When your patient or client is facing eviction…
When you don’t want to return someone in your care to squalid, unsanitary living conditions…
If someone in your care needs real solutions to restore their home…

Contact Disaster Masters at 1-800-ThePlan, or email us at for immediate solutions. We can move as quickly as is necessary to help you, those in your care or those whom you love.


Why You Shouldn’t Hang Up On Ron

Several years ago, a client wrote a really nice poem about the work we at Disaster Masters carried out on her home.


Why You Shouldn’t Hang Up On RonRon phone
I could feel my heart beating faster and faster
Is this the service called Disaster Masters?
My hands were shaky as I made that first call
It was not what I was expecting at all

A gruff voice answered, “How may I help you?”
My clutter is out of control and I don’t know what to do
Although the man sensed that I was afraid
He responded, “Why don’t you just hire a maid?”

I thought that I must have reached a wrong number
And was ready to hang up and return to my slumber
What legitimate business would answer in this fashion?
But in that tough voice I detected a note of compassion

I remained on the line and relayed my sad tale
An apartment overrun with trash and junk mail
The man listened carefully and began to probe
You sound like a classic “disposophobe”

I’d have to assess your situation with my own eyes
Don’t waste your dough on professionals who offer to organize
Forget those self help books, shrinks and talk show jerks
Just follow “The Plan” — it’s guaranteed to work

When Ron and Melissa first walked through my door
I almost died of embarrassment that’s for sure
“We’ve seen it all so get over your shame
It’s time to let go of self-loathing and blame”

I was finally ready to combat my fears
He was the first “guest” I’ve had over in 25 years!
I suppose it’s some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder
But was I a clutterer or was I a hoarder?

Melissa is “Numero Uno” on the Project Management team
She’s Ron’s polar opposite so it would seem
While Ron barks into the telephone
Melissa speaks in a honeyed tone

Whatever the reason for their mutual attraction
United this couple instantly springs into action
They assemble the perfect “Mission Impossible” crew
And begins to implement “The Plan” for you

IAQ Radio Show

Several years back, Disaster Masters founder Ron Alford was featured on the IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Radio Show, where he discussed the finer points of Disposophobia and the people that the media terms as hoarders. Check out the radio interview here.

If you, a loved one, client or colleague need assistance with a hoarding or Disposophobia problem, please contact Disaster Masters at 1-800-ThePlan, or email us at for immediate solutions.

Thought Masters™

We are frequently asked how we have had such success with our decluttering projects over the years.

Of the many factors that go into our processes, a vital element is how we help the client to adjust their way of thinking, particularly with regard to how they envision their lives in the future. This is where our Thought Masters™ website comes in.ThoughtMasters Ad

A huge number of people in the US have been misdirected to believe that they can master time by multitasking and even defy the laws of physics. Like being in two places at the same time or extending a day into 30 hours.

Yes, we agree that what you think about is probably doable, providing you have devoted the time and place to implement your thoughts into viable action plans. Thinking is one thing, doing what you think is another. In the real world there are no super people who can do two projects simultaneously. Its one or the other never both.

The net result is that your mind creates the environment that you live and work in.  Projects and stuff everywhere on every horizontal surface and hanging on every door and hook too. If it is not stopped the new stuff ends up on the floor and then on top of previous “things to do”, books, newspapers and so on.

You think the solution is to buy a book or two on clutter management. These too end up on the pile and create more clutter. Boxes, containers, shelves to store stuff end up as more clutter.

A cluttered mind creates a cluttered home, office, relationships, and a stressful life laden with anxiety and sickness.

If you, a loved one, client or colleague need assistance from Disaster Masters®, please contact us at 1-800-ThePlan, or email us at for immediate solutions.


More like a hospital than a doctor

The list of unique services provided by Disaster Masters® and it’s entities are almost endless and more akin to a hospital, with many specialists, than a doctor.

Check out the links below for a list of our services. If you, a loved one, client or colleague need assistance from Disaster Masters®, please contact us at 1-800-ThePlan, or email us at for immediate solutions.

Disaster Masters Corporate site

Disaster Masters Corporate site

Disposophobia - The Fear of Getting Rid of Stuff

Disposophobia – The Fear of Getting Rid of Stuff

Estate Clearing Services

Estate Clearing Services

Moving Seniors from the Tri-State area to Florida

Moving Seniors from the Tri-State area to Florida

Let us Coach you through your problem with clutter

Let us Coach you through your problem with clutter

Learn the Facts about Hoarding

Learn the Facts about Hoarding

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 for immediate solutions.

Disaster Masters® Services

Disaster Masters® offers a whole host of services.

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

Learn about how we coach Disposophobics to begin a better life.
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Find out more about our our Estate Liquidation services.
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Do you know the hoarding facts? Learn the facts about hoarding!
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Learn more about our senior moving services.
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For further information, please contact us at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526), or reach out to Ron directly at:

(212) 724-9225 in the NY metro area


(727) 463-2582 in Florida.

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.