Local Professional Organizer, Dixie Allen, to Appear on National TV

Old Lyme’s Professional Organizer, Dixie Allen, of Amazing Space, has

finally met her match.

She will appear on an upcoming episode of A&E’s popular and Prime

Time Emmy Nominated series, HOARDERS. Allen worked behind the

scenes in an upcoming episode with the professional team of Dr.

Darnita Payden as they documented the struggle of a Long Island

woman attempting to overcome her battle with clutter. It is the

ultimate test for an organizer.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hoarding is defined as “The excessive

collection of items, along with the inability to discard them.” Hoarding

often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled

to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of

clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds

of pets often in unsanitary conditions. People who hoard often don’t

see it as problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treat-

ment can help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live

safer, more enjoyable lives.

Allen was invited to help assist in a crisis de-cluttering of the Long

Island resident’s home. Along with local medical help, Allen will lend

her expertise as she works with the HOARDERS aftercare team to help

the client learn new organizing skills and habits.

Although hoarding is a complex problem, according to the Institute for

Challenging Disorganization, “Teaching organizational skills can help to

compensate for processing deficits that contribute to hoarding.”

Research cited by Dr. Catherine Ayers at UC San Diego

(ocfoundation.org/hoarding) indicates that older adults in particular

may actually respond better to being taught specific, concrete , organ-

izing skills.

Professional Organizer Dixie Allen, owner and operator of Amazing

Space, has been in business since 1995 when she started her organizing

firm in Washington D.C. She is in the Golden Circle of the National

Association of Professional Organizers and a Docent at the Florence

Griswold Museum. She will Chair the Garden Tour 2013 for

Child and Family Agency of Lyme, Old Lyme.

As a Professional Organizer, Allen works with all ages and specializes

in downsizing for Seniors who are making “lifestyle transitions” to Re-

tirement Living, Staging Homes with Realtors, and creating order,

simplicity and efficiency in all areas of the home and home office.

The episode of HOARDERS will air this season on Mondays at 9 pm on

A&E. For more information on the series, please go to

www.aetv.com/HOARDERS.

To contact Amazing Space, call 860-861-8500 or E mail:

deedadix@me.com.