July 7, 2022

Local Professional Organizer, Dixie Allen, to Appear on A&E’s Hoarders

Old Lyme Professional Organizer, Dixie Allen, of Amazing Space, will appear in an upcoming episode of A&E’s popular and Prime Time Emmy Nominated series, HOARDERS.  Allen worked behind the scenes in the upcoming episode with the professional team of Dr. Darnita Payden as they documented the struggle of a Long Island women attempting to overcome her battle with hoarding.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hoarding is defined as “The excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them.”  Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter.  Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets often in unsanitary conditions.  People who hoard often don’t see it as  problem, making treatment challenging.  But intensive treatment can help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live safer, more enjoyable lives.

Allen was invited to help assist in a crisis de-cluttering of the Long Island resident’s home.   Along with local medical help, Allen lends her expertise as she works with the HOARDERS aftercare team to help the client learn new organizing skills and habits.

Although hoarding is a complex problem,  according to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, “Teaching organizational skills can help to compensate for processing deficits that contribute to hoarding.”

Research cited by Dr. Catherine Ayers at UC San Diego (ocfoundation.org/hoarding) indicates that older adults in particular may actually respond better to being taught specific, concrete , organizing skills.

Professional Organizer Dixie Allen, owner and operator of Amazing Space, has been in business since 1995 when she started her organizing firm in Washington D.C.  She is in the Golden Circle of the National  Association of Professional Organizers and a Docent at the Florence Griswold Museum.  She will Chair the Garden Tour 2013 for Child and Family Agency of Lyme, Old Lyme.

As a Professional Organizer, Allen works with all ages and specializes in downsizing for seniors who are making “lifestyle transitions” to retirement living, staging homes with realtors, and creating order, simplicity and efficiency in all areas of the home and home office.

The episode of HOARDERS will air this season on Mondays at 9 pm on A&E.  For more information on the series, please go to www.aetv.com/HOARDERS.  To contact Amazing Space, call 860-861-8500 or E mail: deedadix@me.com.