Are You a Junkaholic?

A Humorous Approach to Junk Collecting (Hoarding)

by Schar Ward and Debra Varin


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Are You a Junkaholic? Is an insightful new book written by the founders of Twin Cities Hoarding Clean Up, Schar Ward, and Debra Varin. Schar and Debra offer invaluable advice and support for those grappling with Junk Collecting Disorder (JCD). This compelling resource sheds light on the complexities of JCD and provides practical strategies to help individuals transform their cluttered living spaces into organized and harmonious homes. Are You a Junkaholic? is not just a book; itís a guiding light towards a clean and more fulfilling life.

Does your blood pressure rise and your heart speed up when you see a garage sale? Do you find yourself buying one more used umbrella even though you already own four? You could be suffering from Junkaholism! It's a disease that can destroy relationships and wreak havoc with your life. The good news is that there is a cure!

Schar Ward and Debre Varin are on a mission to rid people of their excess stuff. Their six-step program will leave you junk free. Whether you are making more space in your present home, downsizing to move to assisted living, or preparing to depart (to anywhere), their advice is, "Dejunk because you canít take it with you."

Through anecdotes, charts, and quizzes, they humorously delve into your junk areas, wardrobe, car, purse, home, and garage-- offering practical ideas for getting rid of unnecessary junk and cutting it off at the root.

* Take the Junk Test that helps you determine how bad your junk problem is.

* Detailed guides for judging junk and how to get it off your back.

* Hundreds of sensible ideas for storing what you need.

They offer a humorous look and a serious remedy for junk collecting. They will keep you smiling as you learn to manage your life and save your sanity, not dozens of worn-out shoes.


See book review at popular blog site, Random Things Through My Letterbox: Occasional Musings About the Things That Appear on My Doormat - Usually Books 2024 April 19

See author interview on FOX 9 Good Day on Feb. 5, 2024 (Author interview starts at 19:20.)

See Morning Show excerpt from ABC affiliate KSTP-TV of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Are you a Junkaholic? Authors and Co-Founders Shar Ward and Debra Varin of ďTwin Cities Hoarding Clean UpĒ, join the show to share with us everything we need to know about the disorder of junk collecting. (Nov 27, 2023 - 8:19 AM.)

About the Author

Schar Ward and Debra Varin-- This mother-and-daughter duo has been cleaning up Saint Paul, Minnesota, for many years. Schar Ward founded Domestic Engineering (a home cleaning service in 1973). Debra Varin worked with her mother and became the new owner in 2017, renaming the company Varin Enterprises. Deb's husband Perry, and her son Eric help her manage the business.

Schar is the author of Coming Clean Dirty Little Secrets from a Professional House Cleaner; Itís About Time and Teaching Children to Clean. Schar and Debra have traveled the United States, giving workshops and presentations that combine humor and hands-on cleaning help.

Schar was the "Green Cleaning Lady" for Twin Cities Live for two years, has appeared on numerous television shows, and has written many magazine articles.

This is Debraís first book. Schar and Debra combined their years of experience partnering with Ramsey County and helping people to save their homes to write "Are You a Junkaholic?"

This is a subject they are both passionate about, and they hope this book will be helpful to people who are dealing with junk-addicted friends or family.

The authors can be reached at [email protected]