We’ve given a lot of advice on
how to help a hoarder cleanup, but what about how to help a hoarder move? Moving can be a stressful time for even the average person, but being surrounded by clutter always presents extra challenges. Before you can help a hoarder move, you’ll need a plan to help you get organized. This might also be a good time to talk to him or her about downsizing and getting rid of things, but always respect that person’s right to choose! Never throw anything away without permission, but do help a hoarder decide for him or herself what should stay and what should go during the move.
How to Help a Hoarder Move:
Before you get started, take some time to learn a little about the different types of hoarders as there is a different solution for each kind of hoarding habit. For example, if you’re going to help a hoarder move who collects information such as old bills, you may want to come prepared with a paper shredder.
Label boxes clearly based on the type of item, what room it belongs in, or its use. Another good idea is to keep some boxes aside for donation or discard. As you come across duplicate items, keep them all together and let the person you are helping decide which to keep and which to discard. The benefits of this is that all discarded and donated items can be dealt with discretely, and in one swoop when you are ready to pack up the moving truck and head out!
Discretion is key whenever you help a hoarder move, or when you offer help for hoarders in general. Always make sure to do your best not to draw attention to the cleanup, as that will cause the hoarder more stress, and make things difficult. Remember to take your time, and clear the clutter in increments so that you can track your progress. Once the hoarder estate is totally empty and clutter-free, consider options for heavy duty cleaning to get the property in its best condition for the next resident.
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