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Hoarding and clutter support

Buried in Treasures Program

This self-help program is offered to community members who are wanting to reduce the level of clutter in their home.  In a safe, non-judgemental, small group setting, the program helps participants examine:

  • how they came to accumulate too many possessions
  • how to go about reducing their clutter
  • how to stay motivated to work towards their goals. 

The program consists of 16 x 2 hour weekly sessions and the group is co-facilitated by our Occupational Therapist in partnership with Uniting Tenancy Plus.

Community members 18 years and older who are residents of Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges can register their interest by calling Paula on 9294 5729.

For more information on the Buried in Treasures program download the Buried in Treasures program brochure  (pdf, 964KB).

See also the Maroondah hoarding and squalor network Living a life less cluttered booklet  (pdf, 2MB).

To enquire or make a booking, please call Paula on 9294 5729 or email: ot@maroondah.vic.gov.au 

BITS Peer Support group (monthly)

This informal group meets monthly and is open to community members living in Maroondah, Knox or Yarra Ranges experiencing, or impacted by, excess clutter. Topics of interest are discussed, and practical ideas and tips are shared. Our Occupational Therapist supports the group.

The group meets monthly at Maroondah Council’s Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood (link to a map) on the first Tuesday of every month from 1pm - 3pm. 

To enquire or make a booking, please call Paula on 9294 5729 or email: ot@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Less is More

The ‘Less is More’ decluttering program is considered for clients living within the City of Maroondah, who are over 65 years of age, eligible for the Commonwealth Home Support Program and referred to the Occupational Therapy service at Maroondah City Council.

‘Less is More’ is a short term, ‘in home’ program, for clients who would like to reduce their level of clutter. The program aims to give clients the skills to reduce clutter and create a safer home environment which they can successfully maintain.  Less clutter in the home promotes independence in everyday tasks and reduces the risk of falls. The Occupational Therapist offers a non-judgemental, consultative and goal orientated approach.  Clients will actively participate in the program with the completion of agreed tasks in between sessions. 

Testimonials

"The facilitators were lovely and very helpful and kind, gave everyone a forum to express their ideas and contribute, and kept sessions moving along very nicely.”

“Excellent work I am extremely grateful of their support…”

“The facilitators are wonderful, especially listening. They didn’t criticise when you said how you were feeling…”

“The facilitators were excellent, they were supportive in every way. Couldn’t ask for anything more and they did more than would have been expected of them.” 

Reflections from participants

"I am most proud that I can now walk in and out of the shops without buying anything – I never thought I could do this.” 

 “Accepting that I have a problem. I understand myself a bit better now.” 

 “I can now walk into the lounge room without having to weave around boxes and can sit at the dining table.”

“Taking the first step in addressing the clutter issue, looking at it with outside eye and making a start.” 

 “I find that I can now throw things out,   before I could not consider that.”

Feedback about the Buried in Treasures Program

“It was important to meet others dealing with similar issues and to discuss ideas and solutions.”

"Great to get ideas and support from like-minded people.  It’s wonderful to know you’re not alone in your struggles.” 

“Encouragement to look in to the problem and to go on working within the situation.” 

“Has definitely helped  a great deal.” 

“There are a lot more people experiencing this issue than I realised.” 

Further information 

If you have any questions about Commonwealth Home Support Program, My Aged Care or Maroondah Council’s services and how to access them, call our Aged and Disability Services team on 9294 5729 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

10/03/2022
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