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-
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
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