Finding a way through the clutter 

The Buried in Treasures program helps people aged over 50 to declutter their homes (Catholic Healthcare)

A new online group support program for people overwhelmed by hoarding will begin in five New South Wales regions next month. Source: Catholic Healthcare.

Buried in Treasures is designed for people who find it difficult or distressing to discard items. It also helps people who are not able to use the space in their home as they want to, due to excessive clutter.

The program is being run by Catholic Healthcare’s Hoarding and Squalor team. It is free and consists of weekly two-hour long online group workshops, run over a period of 15 weeks, to enable consistent progress. Being online also allows for social distancing and more flexibility for participants to attend their weekly sessions. The program is being run in the Dubbo, Bathurst and Newcastle regions, as well as South East and Inner West Sydney.

The program is run by a facilitator and follows direction from the Buried in Treasures self-help book with a focus on skill-building, applying lessons to change the way people think about possessions, and providing progressive challenges to help participants manage clutter.

Trish*, completed the Buried in Treasures program earlier this year.

“The course really helped me,” says Trish. “I was feeling very insecure and had collected items and clutter in my home. The big issue was my bedroom. I had piles of bed linen, towels, clothing, cushions and pillows. I couldn’t use the room.”

Buried in Treasures is funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program for people aged over 50.

Details: Buried in Treasures

*Name changed to protect privacy

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