Hoarding scale
A state permitting clear perception and understanding; the area that may be seen distinctly or resolved into a clear image.
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Hoarding Scale



Level I Hoarder

Household is considered standard. No special knowledge in working with the Chronically Disorganized is necessary.

Level II Hoarder

Household requires professional organizers or related professionals to have additional knowledge and understanding of Chronic Disorganization.

Level III Hoarder

Household may require services in addition to those a professional organizer and related professional can provide. Professional organizers and related professionals working with Level III households should have significant training in Chronic Disorganization and have developed a helpful community network of resources, especially mental health providers.

Level IV Hoarder

Household needs the help of a professional organizer and a coordinated team of service providers. Psychological, medical issues or financial hardships are generally involved. Resources will be necessary to bring a household to a functional level.  These services may include pest control services, “crime scene cleaners,” financial counselings, and licensed contractors as well as handy persons.

Level V Hoarder

Household will require intervention from a wide range of agencies.  Professional organizers should not venture directly into working solo with this type of household.  The Level V household may be under the care of a conservator or be an inherited estate of a mentally ill individual.  Assistance is needed from many sources.  A team needs to be assembled.  Members of the team should be identified before beginning additional work. These members may include social services and psychological/mental health representative (not applicable if inherited estate), conservator/trustee, building and zoning, fire and safety, landlord, legal aid and/or legal representatives.  A written strategy needs to be outlined and contractual agreements made before proceeding.

We provide gentle organizing methods and coaching to ease our clients into an organized environment. Support is the key to regain control over one’s life and regaining balance. Client who are suffering from disorders such as  ADD/HD clients it is important to have an organized and structured environment in addition to regular exercise and a healthy diet. We are helping with the structure and the organized environment.