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Thursday, September 12 • 10:30am - 12:10pm
WRAP for Individuals with Hoarding and Cluttering Challenges Part I

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Popular television shows give the impression that we “Hoarders” collect our junk because we are greedy, lazy, incompetent, and out of touch with reality.  On the contrary, collectors are often creative, intelligent, and resourceful, perhaps only unsuccessful in the pursuit of moderation.  We are Finders and Keepers who are stuck, hung-up on something emotional, something unseen beneath the surface of life.  What can be seen is merely the tip of the proverbial stuff-berg.  It’s complicated.

Our difficulty de-cluttering isn’t really about the stuff; it’s about what our possessions represent.  Our collections are disorganized piles of memories tied-up in overstock and stacked to the ceiling in plastic bins.  We save our stuff for many reasons, but we don’t necessarily have time to figure those reasons out.  Many of us are under pressure, by law or love, to clean-up.  We’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter whether you collect lead or gold—too much of anything is a problem.

WRAP® for Clutter is a self-support and empowerment tool for people who are committed to de-cluttering, organizing, and limiting their acquiring.  Because this task is both emotionally and physically challenging, and because it often takes a long time to accomplish, WRAP® for Clutter may be a welcomed companion for the journey. 

WRAP® for Clutter is a based on Mary Ellen Copeland’s WRAP® system, and is adapted specifically for people who want to reduce the number of possessions that they own, because the accumulation has become disruptive to their life.  This version allows people to differentiate between triggers/action plans to resist acquiring, versus those which make it difficult to organize and discard items. Millions of people’s lives are affected in negative ways by the volume of stuff that they’ve acquired.  Isolation, frustration, loss of hope…..eviction, divorce, debt, fire.  The potential is there to lose both life and love. 

The potential is also there to regain these things!  Joy, celebration, peace of mind, good company to share a cup of tea with, and the space to share it with them; these things are also a part of the cycle, and they are there for you, and you deserve them.  You’re a good person.  You’ve just got too much stuff.

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Lee Shuer

Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and Director of Mutual Support Services, ServiceNet, Inc
Lee Shuer is a Certified Peer Specialist, and an Advanced Level WRAP facilitator. He partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator’s Manual for the Buried in Treasures Workshop. Shuer received citations from Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives for developing meaningful employment opportunities for people living with mental health challenges. Shuer has learned to live successfully with his own mental... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2013 10:30am - 12:10pm
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