Why I am a producer on A&E’s hit show “Hoarders”

Trust me it wasn’t for the fame or the glory.  The show is hard work, but ever so rewarding.

As a professional organizer, I saw first hand the devastation that this condition could have upon not just the person themselves, but for the entire family and even the community.

To have a loved one withdraw deeper and deeper inside of a dangerously cluttered home, can be frightening.  And so many people had no idea how to help or even where to turn for professional assistance.

With over 3.2 million hoarders (and scores more who have their lives negatively impacted by severe clutter), I knew I needed to do something.

I saw “Hoarders” as a way to not just help the person featured each week, but to bring the entire issue of obsessive collecting and hoarding into the public eye.

I can’t tell you of the hundreds of heart-felt thank yous that I have received telling me that “Hoarders” has opened a family’s eyes to not only the problem, but to the solution as well!

As we move into selecting the people we are going to feature in Season 3, I am also happy to see other professionals on the front lines; police, EMTs, firefighters, judges, attorneys (from both sides of the aisle), MHD employees, and anyone who works with seniors, forwarding me cases they think we might be able to help.

If you know of anyone that would benefit from A&E’s help on “Hoarders” please leave a comment below, or post your own struggle or recovery to help inspire others!

Have a great week!




  • Barbara Terry says:

    I have had a hoarding problem in the past. My first apartment was spotless and well-decorated.

    I have always had a problem with depression and anxiety disorder and have been diagnosed with major depression with psychotic features, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, mild to severe agoraphobia and bipolar disorder. I had to move a lot for my job (court reporter – very stressful) and all my mental problems got worse with each move. My things would just be dumped in my new place and I was left to set up house by myself, which I was incapable of doing and work the hours I had to. Everything eventually got worse and worse. My last house was horrible!!! I developed Crohn’s disease, IBS, GERD and degenerative rheumatoid arthritis in my hips and legs associated with the Crohn’s, which made my housekeeping even a bigger problem. The last time I moved, one of my sisters and her husband helped me, but ended up throwing away so many of my good things ( I didn’t care about the trash), that I have never been able to get over it. I am on disability now (another real self-esteem booster) and am starting to fall back into the hoarding again. I want to replace the good things I lost! It hasn’t gotten unmanageable yet, but if I don’t start now, it will be. Hoarders helps me, but it’s not giving me the incentive yet to get it together. My family doesn’t understand and will not try to understand any of my mental problems. Thanks for letting me say this to you. It helps just to get it out!

  • You go Dorothy. Anyone that knows you knows that your heart is filled with compassion and love. Helping others is your life mission and I think you are phenomenal at what you do.

  • Marissa says:

    Fantastic show, Dot – especially for a new PO like myself!

    Keep up the great work 🙂

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