Georgie – Overcoming the Obstacles

Hi, my name is Georgie George,

I want to tell you about my experience in 2020. I have this illness called hoarding disease. I always had a little bit of a problem collecting stuff, but it got to the point where I didn’t like anyone coming into my house, even my friends. It was hard to keep my house clean. This has been going on for a long time, years.

In 2020 I had a lot of stressful things happen to me at once. I broke my arm, my depression got worse, and I ended up staying in a Hampton House in Fremantle. I needed help being able to do everything. The problem was I couldn’t let anyone into my home to help me. I felt angry with myself and embarrassed people were trying to help me, and I couldn’t say yes.

I eventually admitted I had a problem, and I asked Molly, my support worker, for help. Then we found the Buried in Treasure workshops run by Blackswan. The first workshop was in November. I was not too fond of it; I did not want to do it, but I stuck to it. I have now completed the 16-week program. It was hard work but so worth it.

I spent a lot of time organising and sorting all the items in my house, and to begin with, it was very draining and upsetting, but I pushed through because I knew that holding onto these things was making me worse. Before I did this, my house was a mess. I couldn’t do the things I should be able to do. There was no space on the couch, on my bed or on the floor.

Now there is space on my bed and the floor. I have a place for everything, and I can move around my house. I feel safer. I am still working on it, but I am getting there! I want to thank Jen and Molly for being there for me. Without their support, none of this would’ve happened.

If anyone else struggles with problems like I was, they should ask for help, just like I did. I’m always happy to share my experiences and support if anyone needs it.