By David Woods
Hoarding StuffOct 21, 2023
Hannah and her hoarding podcast
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to Hannah. Hannah is thinking about starting a podcast of her own on hoarding, and we think the more the merrier. Hannah is also a hoarding specialist and touches on some of her own experiences in the field.
Happy Third Anniversary
In this episode Heather and Dave reflect on the past three years of podcasts. Along with a ten item list of things that Dave may or may not have learned. Listen in and see which you agree or don't agree with. Thank you to all those people who have been following us so far.
ADHD and Stephanie
As October is ADHD awareness month, David and Jane talked with Stephanie. She has in later life received a diagnosis of ADHD. She spoke about how this has made a difference to her , and how it also helped to understand her life through a different lens.
A dialogue with Derek Mills
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to Derek Mills (the Happy Multi Millionaire). He talks about not having goals but daily standards. We touch upon the idea of hoarding money, and what comes from doing that.
Susanna Amato Speaks
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to Susanna Amato. She tells us about her hoarding tendencies and their connection with loss and family. Susanna is a performer who has channelled her experiences into theatrical experiences. You can find out more about her at Susanna Amato
Alan and his experiences
In this podcast Heather and Dave talk to Alan. Alan has been working to help his mum with her decluttering. It is an ongoing process, and has been made more difficult by disability. He talks through where they are with the whole thing currently.
Chatting with Kayley
In this podcast Heather and Dave talk to Kayley Hyman (founder of Holistic Hoarding). She shares how she became a part of the solution to the issues at hand, and the relevance of trauma. Working in Wales she is an advocate for humane approaches to decluttering, which is client centered.
Talking to That Hoarder
In this podcast Dave and Heather talk to "That Hoarder" who also runs a podcast. She has now reached 98 episodes, and it was a pleasure to talk to her about her thoughts on the subject. You can find her here and we recommend that you do if you are on the journey of decluttering. Overcome Compulsive Hoarding with That Hoarder podcast | Trying to escape from drowning in clutter
Calling on Keith
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to the wonderful Keith. He opens up about the way his issues impact his life and how over a period of time he has managed to find ways to deal with them. Keith was in a documentary made in 2916 (Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board). It is a fabulous video and we highly recommend watching it. In this podcast you will be given more of an idea about Keith's life now. We would like to thank Keith for being so frank with us. We would like to thank past participants as well, as this is not always an easy topic to talk about. Thank you each and every one.
Mandi and Amanda Are Aware
In this podcast Heather and Dave talk to Amanda (who is a therapist) and Mandi (her client and collaborator) about the work that they have done together. They have worked together for some time now, and have produced videos of how things have progressed. Some of these videos will be shown as part of My Hoarding Awareness week, and we hope to have more details of where you can see them in the near future. More information about the week is here, National Hoarding Awareness Week 2023 - Clouds End CIC
Autism, ADHD and Hoarding
In this episode Dave and Heather talk to one of the people who took part in workshops in Birmingham. She tells us about waiting for an autism and adhd diagnosis, and the impact that this has on keeping hold of stuff. Don't forget that My Hoarding Awarness week is coming up soon. Thank you for listening and please share the podcast.
Hoarding Awareness Week Supplement
This is not just any ordinary podcast episode :) This is a supplement to the channel. In this "podlet" we talk to Kirsty about plans that she has for the upcoming Hoarding Awareness week. We are looking for people to share their experiences, whether through video, audio or the written word. It would be great to have your input so we can challenge the stigma around the subject. If you have anything you would like to contribute the details for where to send it are in the podlet.
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to Luigi Scamberella about the brain, and how it works (or doesn't work) to help us through our lives. This week is Brain Awareness week, so it is a good time to be reminded of what the grey matter is up to. How it does it's best to protect us from perceived harm, and some of the "tricks" it uses to help us survive.
Luigi kindly made a meditational audio track which you can find on the podcast list as "Mental Cleanse" Have a listen and take the time to be good to your mind for a moment or two. Think of it as a big of a cognitive holiday, and let's be honest we all need one of those.
Chatting with Paul
In this podcast Heather and Dave have a conversation with Paul. Paul is one of the members of the hoarding help group in Birmingham and gives some insights into the emotional issues faced by people who acquire. There are four categories discussed. We wonder if before hearing the podcast if you can guess what they are. We also hope that the podcast gives you a little bit more information about how emotions can have an impact on the challenges people face. Thank you to Paul for being frank and open with his thoughts. We have been fortunate to have people discussing their lives in this way.
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Some Swift Advice
Podcast 28 sees Dave and Heather talking to Alan from New Horizons Clearances. He worked for the fie service until retirement and then started a clearance company for people who have hoarded homes . He talks about his experience and why he chose to do this work. He then, by invitation from Dave, gives us some insider tips on how to reduce the risk of fire.
Second anniversary special
Today marks the second year of our podcast, and to celebrate we have made this additional podcast. In it Heather talks to David about progress made in his own personal struggle with acquiring. Reporting on recent changes and thoughts concerning hoarding and all that comes with it. If you have any questions you would like answered then you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A conversation with Cherry Rudge
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to Cherry Rudge of Rainbow Red, a decluttering and organisational business. Cherry has been running this project since 2010 and you can find more information about her organisation here:Rainbow Red - Professional Decluttering, Organising & Project Management. She talks to us about the ways that ADHD can impact people's lives in terms of hoarding. We hope that you have found these podcasts useful and hopefully entertaining. Please share them with people who you feel will also benefit from hearing them.
In conversation with Linda from Lifepod
Linda Fay is a decluttering expert in Scotland. In this podcast Heather and Dave talk to her about her start in the field, and some of her memories of how she became involved in helping people. She talks about her well received conference and planes for another in the very near future.
A Conversation with Sylvie Kaos
Heather and Dave talk to artist Sylvie Kaos about her familial experiences of hoarding, and how this has influenced the artwork that she does. She discusses how her pagan beliefs have enabled her to approach the issues faced, and different viewpoints on our stuff.
Virtually chatting with Greg Chasson and Sam Wainman
Heather and Dave talk to Greg Chasson and Sam Wainman who are looking at the uses of virtual reality in working with hoarding behaviour. What they have found works, and what they see as being a way forward with the technology. We hope you find the podcast interesting and useful. If you have any questions you can write to email@example.com
Boilers and floorboards
In this episode, Heather, Dave and Sam discuss a boiler gone wrong and the havoc it can cause. Plus information about Sam joining the Hoarding Research Group, and also the wonderful details about Hoarding Awareness week. More details about that can be found at Clouds End CIC - Social enterprise specialising in hoarding issues
Hoarding Stuff: Virtual Reality with Sam Wainman
In this episode Heather and Dave talk to Sam Wainman, who has used Virtual Reality in his research regarding hoarding. They touch on the use of this technology to help with the condition, and how it may be useful in the future of therapy.
In this podcast Heather has provided us with a wonderful meditation session led by Luigi Sciambarella. It gives you some time to put aside the cares of the day, and take some time for yourself. A moment to relax and refresh, no matter what else is going on in your life. We are very grateful for Luigi's work on this, and hope that you find it beneficial.
Trauma and hoarding
In this episode of Hoarding Stuff, Heather talks to Dave about the impacts that trauma can have on our lives. How this can impact people, and how it can influence us in so many ways.
A Look Back On The Year
In this Episode Heather and Dave reflect on the past year, and also talk about what has been learned. With Christmas being ever present before the recording, they discuss what will be different this year. Hopefully sharing some tips and tricks to make this time of the year go more smoothly. Will they find the holy grail of presents without too much stuff being involved?
Chatting with David of Warwick
In this episode we got to chat with David, who is part of Heather's support group. He told us about some of the challenges he has faced not only with hoarding, but how having been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum this has impacted as well. He also talks about some of the moments now that have him on a surer footing, and moving towards progress. As with any of the people who talk with us, we are very grateful for their open and sharing attitude. If you have any questions or any suggestions write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write if you want any subjects examined that fit within the scope of the podcasts. We hope you enjoy the podcast and that it helps even a little bit.
Hoarding Stuff: Janice Connolly
In this episode Heather and Dave are in conversation with Janice Connolly (aka Barbara Nice), and discuss with her the work she has done with mental health issues and her play "Stuff". Touching on how theatre can be used to examine the issues and challenges people face in life.
Hoarding Stuff: What do we hoard?
In this episode fifteen, amongst other things Heather and Dave discuss what people hoard, and even attempt to create a top five. Let us know what you think would be on your list.
Hoarding Stuff: Technology
In this episode Heather and Dave discuss the potential use of some technologies in addressing hoarding issues and organisation. It will be something to be looked at again no doubt in the future. If you have any ideas or tips about using tech for dealing with the challenges of either over buying stuff, or keeping stuff then let us know either at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoarding Stuff: Floundering
In this episode Heather and Dave discuss the dreaded floundering. At a certain point, and under certain circumstances we all lost steam, and may even go somewhat backward in our efforts. Dave talks about his own personal experiences concerning his recent foray into the quicksand of the flounder.
Hoarding Stuff: Dean Burnett
In this episode Heather talks to Dr Dean Burnett (neuroscientist, lecturer, author and much more). They discuss trauma and change and how our brains deal with these things in our lives. For more information regarding Dean's work then you can find more out at Dean Burnett – neuroscientist, author, blogger, occasional comedian and all-round ‘science guy’
Hoarding Stuff: Grief
In this episode of hoarding stuff Heather and Dave discuss grief, and the many forms that it can take. They talk about personal and general ways that this can have an impact on everyday life.
Hoarding Stuff: Bereavement and Loss
In this episode of hoarding stuff Heather discusses hoarding with David and Pip, with an emphasis on how bereavement and loss can be contributing factors to issues with cluttering and our feelings about stuff.
Hoarding Stuff :Chatting with Gordon
In this episode Heather talks to Dave and Gordon about their experiences of gathering stuff around them. Gordon explains what he thinks a definition of hoarding is. And we find out how a brick made its way from the UK to Australia. If you have any questions or comments please send them to email@example.com
Hoarding Stuff: Psychology with Pip
In this episode of Hoarding Stuff Heather talks to Pip and Dave about the value of the things people bring into their homes and keep, and some of the psychology behind it. They discuss how they have seen people who are considered to be hoarders being treated. Plus much much more.
Hoarding Stuff :Chatting with Rachel
In this episode Heather Matuozzo (director of Clouds End CIC) talks with Dave and Rachel about their experiences of hoarding and everyday life. The challenges that are faced when just trying to live ordinary everyday life, during the lockdown and with the challenges of bringing stuff into the home. is there a balance and how can it be found?
Hoarding Stuff: Chatting with Helen
In this episode of Hoarding stuff Heather talks with Helen and David about there experiences of acquiring and organisation. The kinds of thing that the two of them gather around them, and the way that they relate to those things. With an emphasis on crafts and arts, and what we allow ourselves to do, sometimes stopping because of self inflicted pressures.
Hoarding Stuff: Lockdown Revelations
In this episode of the Hoarding Stuff podcast Heather and David discuss revelations. The things that we have realised over past year of being locked down. What has it meant to people who hoard, or even those who don't? What lessons can be taken away from the experience, and are there any positive as well as negative things to be gained. Plus of course some verbal meanderings and distractions on the way.
Hoarding Stuff: Christmas Cheer
In this episode of Hoarding Stuff Heather Matuozzo (Clouds End CIC) and her guest Dave Woods will be examining hoarding and Christmas. What can you do during the festive season to think differently about gifts? They explore and hopefully provide some alternatives for those who wish for something different this year (or even next year). Have a listen and let us know if anything else springs to mind when you are putting together that Christmas stocking. Oh and less mince pies and sherry being left out means Santa will just be grumpy....
Hoarding Stuff: Neuroplasticity
In this third episode Heather Matuozzo (Director of Clouds End CIC) and David Woods discuss the idea of neuroplasticity. The ability of the brain to adapt and bounce back. This follows on from their previous discussion about the concept of resilience from episode two in the series. Science has shown that the brain has a much wider ability to adapt than previously accepted as possible, and can lead to progress and change in ways unthought of before.
Hoarding Stuff: Bouncing Back
In this second episode of Hoarding Stuff host Heather Matuozzo (director of Clouds End CIC) discusses resilience and many other topics with Dave Woods.. Resilience being defined as the ability to bounce back from difficult circumstances and resolve issues quickly, Heather breaks it down into five components:
1) self awareness
5)purpose and meaning
Hoarding Stuff: Getting Started
This is the first in a series of podcasts dealing with the subject of "hoarding, disorganisation and cluttering". Hopefully it will be a light hearted adventure as host Heather Matuozzo (director of Clouds End CIC) discusses this and many other topics with Dave Woods to get to the bottom of some complex issues. Heather has been working now for many years in this field, and David will be sharing some of his thoughts and experiences as a service user. (episode one)