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Episode Info: Everyone has a messy house from time to time and many people have stuff they know they should get rid of but for some reason they just can’t let go. But if you want to renovate your house, clearing out the debris is a must-do before any of the work can start. But have you ever had the private fear that your tendencies toward hoarding are actually a disorder? Does the mess affect the way you function in your home? Most people, if they want to renovate badly enough, can gather the will to spend the time it takes to clean up and clear out. But for hoarders, there are much deeper factors at work. How do you recognize if you or someone you love has crossed the line from slob to hoarder? Host Robin Siegerman ( with Dr. Marla Deibler, a clinical psychologist and founder of The Center for Emotional Health (http://www.thecenterforemotionalhealth) who has been featured on A&E’s show, Hoarders, says that hoarding is in the spectrum of OCD disorders and gives us the hallmarks of what to look for and how to treat it. “It’s not a case of getting treatment and affecting a cure,” says Dr. Deibler. “These people will have a constant battle, but it can be done if they want to be helped”. On Tip from the Trenches, find out what lighting products Philips ( available now that will have you running to your nearest store to snap them up when the old, familiar incandescent light bulbs are officially phased out. You won’t be forced to put up with inadequate fluorescents that are dim and take too long to get to full power. And the old bulbs are one thing you won’t have to hoard when you see these fabulous replacements! These will kill any thought of a black market in incandescents (don’t be a bulb-runner!) as they have a great quality of light, they last so long you may have to will them to your kids, and they’ll save you a wad of cash in the long run. This show will light up your life in more ways than one. Tune in and turn on!
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