The Worst Kitchens in New York City

Disaster Masters founder Ron Alford, takes you through some of the filthiest kitchens that you will find in homes in New York City.

During their work, Ron and the Disaster Masters team come across all kinds of vermin. Beware, this video is not for those with weak stomachs.

If you, a loved one, client or colleague need assistance with a hoarding, syllogomania or Disposophobia situation, please contact Ron at 1-800-ThePlan, or send him an email at, for immediate solutions.

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.

A word from Hoarding Expert, Ron Alford

Unlike single service providers, the DISASTER MASTERS® are more like a hospital than a doctor, in that we are self-contained and provide end-to-end services for our clients.

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We service people and their families who are not able or who fail to take care of themselves as time passes by. These folks end up with serious problems that require very special services to undo or recover them from their mess and to move them to a new and better life.

Having successfully completed 1,000’s of these projects since 1980, makes Disaster Masters® the ideal service provider to undertake these daunting tasks.

Knowing how to do these projects efficiently is everything and we can do things in a few days that most people take months to do on their own using single service providers.

About costs

We never quote prices over the phone as it is impossible to get it right. Until we know exactly what we need to do, any quote or number given will be wrong. Speaking about right and wrong – Clients never have a second chance to do it right the first time.

Failure, apologies or having a disappointed client is not acceptable to us and we would rather forgo clients who insist that we do the impossible “their way” before the work can begin. The right start provides a great finish. Anything short of that ends in failure.

What we do is to always make an onsite appraisal and documentation visit.  Once we clearly understand the scope, size and mission of the project and know what the outcome is to be, we are able to quote an exact cost in dollars and a time frame to start and complete any project.

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We never work by the hour since we know that this kind of relationship always ends on a sour note due to realistic expectations not being met.

We charge an appraisal fee to create a recovery plan much like a doctor charges for a complete physical exam.  In the 5 boroughs our appraisal fee is $250.00 paid at the time of the appraisal.  For areas beyond the 5 boroughs we are glad to quote on these assignments as well.

Below are a few links to things we have done over time as well as our current service offerings;

  • A magazine story regarding an adult child living with and abusing his mother, with his behavior.
  • And Me… The founder of Disaster Masters® & Disposophobia™, Ron Alford.

Got any questions, comments or suggestions?

Please feel free to email me, or call me at 212 724 9225, or for those outside NY, Call me at 1-800-ThePlan (843-7526).

Do you suffer from Disposophobia?

Disposophobia, what is that?

-The fear of getting rid of stuff.

-That sounds pretty intense. Is that like those people you see on those hoarding shows on TV?

-Yes & no. You & I are both disposophobic.

-What? No way. My house doesn’t look like that.

-Let’s try an experiment that proves my point, OK? Take out your wallet, and remove your credit cards.


-Now throw each & every one in the garbage can. While you are at it, take out your cash, and throw that in there too.

-What? No! Are you crazy?

-No, but this shows that you are a disposophobic. You have a fear of getting rid of your stuff. It is not as chronic as the people featured on those shows, but it’s like comparing an alcoholic, to a person who has an occasional drink. It’s a different level of addiction.

Since it was initially coined & trademarked by Ron Alford, founder of Disaster Masters, Inc. ®in 1995, the definition of disposophobia has been maligned by so called experts, but though it has some links with what we now call hoarding, Disposophobia is still defined as “The fear of getting rid of stuff”.

Disposophobia is an evaluation of a person that relates to their belongings. It is a thought process for every human that decides on the value of their possessions.  Disposophobia is an internal thought, by a human, with relationship to their possessions.

Disposophobia has gotten a lot more attention over the past few years in the media, and on TV shows, the original being the BBC show, featuring Disaster Masters, Inc. ®, “A life of Grime: New York”.  Disaster Masters, Inc. ® is America’s most experienced & oldest contents management organization that provides cost efficient solutions for people who suffer from Disposophobia. Having de-cluttered thousands of Disposophobics over the last 35 years, Disaster Masters, Inc. ®are the eminent experts in the field.

Disposophobia is not something that can be cured by either a mental health professional, or by a garbage removal service. Just like a mental health professional has never cured an alcoholic, they cannot cure a Disposophobic. The recovery comes when the subject decides that they no longer want to live that life.  Disaster Masters, Inc. ® provides the coaching to assist with this life change, and provides the expertise in sorting out the valuables from the clutter.

Disposophobia, simply put is a fear of disposing, or getting rid of, personal belongings, such as money, jewelry, or last week’s newspapers.

If you, or a friend, or family member suffer from chronic disposophobia, and you need help, check out our website, where you can learn a little more about Disposophobia, read about the services & expertise provided by Disaster Masters, Inc. ®, and see how we can help you.