What is the difference?

According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, chronic disorganisation has three defining features:

  • Persistence of severe disorganisation over a long period of time;
  • Daily undermining of one’s quality of life by disorganisation; and
  • A history of failed self-help attempts.

Chronic disorganisation may be present with brain-based challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, hoarding disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) characterises Hoarding Disorder as “persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value”.  Read more about hoarding disorder on our blog here.

How can we assist?

We understand the challenges of chronic disorganisation and hoarding disorder and work in partnership with our clients to establish and achieve their goals.  Our aim is to empower individuals to create an environment that is safe, healthy and comforting. We do so with professionalism, patience and integrity and without judgment.

We will also work collaboratively with community and government organisations, case workers and mental health professionals to best support the needs of our clients as appropriate.  Client privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us and we will only share information with other parties with your express permission.

We are not NDIS-registered, but frequently work with individuals who are self-managed or plan-managed.

We are also not counsellors or psychologists but we are Canberra’s most experienced and qualified hands-on Professional Organisers with extensive experience and formal training, including specialist training for working with individuals who struggle with hoarding disorder.  Melissa Sleegers, Principal, is the only Canberra-based Organiser to have obtained Level II Specialist Certificates in Hoarding, Ageing, ADHD and Chronic Disorganization from US-based Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).

We always undertake an initial complimentary assessment to ensure that we have the experience and skills needed to support you and your particular circumstances.  This also provides you with the opportunity to meet us, ask questions and feel comfortable with the person that may be coming into their home and assisting with this very personal task.

To confidentially discuss your individual needs (or the needs of your client or family member), please contact us to arrange a complimentary initial consultation.

If you are from a Not-For-Profit, community or government organisation, or you are a support coordinator for a plan-managed or self-managed NDIS participant, please contact us to request a copy of our Referral Form.