Entrepreneur. Extreme Cleaner. Helper.
Matt Paxton is the star of A&E’s hit show Hoarders and the co-founder of Legacy Navigator, a full-service estate cleanout company. After graduating from Mary Washington with a degree in business administration, Matt started his career as an analyst for the Federal Reserve and then Caesars Palace Casinos before starting up a series of small businesses. When Matt was 24, he lost his father, step-father, and both of his grandfathers. The grief overwhelmed him. After a couple of extremely difficult years, Matt found himself recovering from gambling addiction and ready to start over. His eyes were opened to a new opportunity while helping his grandmother clean out before a move. He says, “As I was helping my grandma clean out her basement we found a golf bag and she started telling me this great story about my grandfather and that golf bag. That is when I realized this isn’t about stuff; it’s about the emotional attachment.”
He originally wanted to help seniors who were downsizing, but he quickly realized there was an underserved group of people who needed him even more at that time: hoarders. His business Clutter Cleaner was born in 2006 and for nearly 10 years, Matt helped over 50 families a year solve their difficult living situations caused by hoarding. From 2009 to 2016, Matt was also a featured extreme cleaning specialist on the hit TV show HOARDERS, and he published his book, The Secret Lives of Hoarders, in 2011. In 2014, he served on the advisory board of The Hoarding Project, a nonprofit organization focused on pooling and providing resources and research for hoarders across the country, and also worked with ServiceMaster Restore to launch the first nationwide program designed solely to help families struggling with hoarding.