Geralin Thomas on Helping Through Hoarders

The question for any show that purports to help distressed and/or disordered people is straightforward: How much is it actually helping? A&E's Hoarders, which returns for its fourth season Monday at 9/8c, is no exception. To help sort it out, we spoke to Geralin Thomas, a certified professional organizer specializing in chronic disorganization. He's appeared on roughly 20 episodes throughout Hoarders' run. Like the show she's on, Thomas "tends to gravitate to helping people with mental health challenges and physical health challenges get organized." By phone, Thomas told us about the effect that working with challenged people has on her, whether the TV production helps or hurts the organizing process and how the show's exposure of hoarding has helped people pinpoint their own problems...


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