Ten questions with the founders of Tidy Man, a Taipei-based startup fighting against waste, clutter and, sometimes, heartbreak.
The News Lens
By: Yuan-ling Liang
“I have difficulty using spaces in my home for their intended purposes (for example, eating with others at my kitchen table, sitting on my sofa to watch TV, or sleeping in my bed).”
“Getting rid of my possessions causes me anxiety, whether I’m throwing them out, donating them, or selling them.”
“I often have a hard time finding what I am looking for because my place is always cluttered with possessions.”
If any of your answers is a “yes”, then you are probably suffering from “hoarding disorder,” a “disease of affluence” listed in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013.
“A person’s room reflects their life”, says Cheng Po-yuan (鄭博元), co-founder of Tidy Man, a start-up that tackles hoarding by rearranging your possessions for you.
The News Lens International (TNLI) interviewed Cheng and his fellow company founders, Tzeng Chi-yun (曾紀昀), Kuo Shih-chieh (郭士傑), Lai Ting-ho (賴廷荷) in Taipei. [FULL STORY]