Cleaning a Hoarder's Home

August 30, 2016


Cleaning a hoarder’s house does not have to be hard. In fact, cleaning a hoarder’s house can be much less stressful once you come up with a plan. It is important to remember that hoarding is a complex condition, and that no two hoarders are exactly alike. This means that there is no one, single approach to cleaning a hoarder’s house, or helping a hoarder recover. But, Hoarders911 has the knowledge and experience to help clean up a hoarder’s mess in no time!


The first thing you will need to do is set up an area in the home where items can be sorted out. It can be difficult deciding what to keep and what to throw away, but if you go one room at a time, and sort everything into piles, it can be easier to survey the inventory and figure out what to do. Items can be sorted by type, room, or action (keep, discard, sell, give away, etc.), and the final decision can be made once the whole room has been sorted, to make things easier. It’s best to go one room at a time, than to try and tackle the entire house at once.



Clean Up a Hoarder's Mess


Ultimately, some things are going to have to be removed from the home. But once that is done, the place will start to open up and look hopeful. Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is often the hardest part of cleaning a hoarder’s house, because many hoarders suffer from anxiety at the thought of losing items from their collection. The best way to combat this is by only allowing 15-30 seconds to decide what to do with something. If, within 30 seconds, there is no justifiable reason to keep something, just let it go! Learning how to do this will also give the hoarder problem solving skills that will help prevent a bigger hoarding issue in the future.

Once you are able to successfully clean up a hoarder’s mess, the rest is easy! Disinfecting and deodorizing the home will be a breeze after the organization has been completed, because the surfaces and crevices of the home will be much more accessible, so it’s best to save that for last. Most importantly, always remember to take the time to listen to and understand the person you are trying to help when cleaning  a hoarder’s house. Learning the underlying causes for the hoarding impulses can point you in the right direction on where to start.

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