Because of the large amounts of things that a hoarder can amass in his or her home, just the thought of a hoarding cleanup can be overwhelming. Even those of us who do not struggle with hoarding disorder may have a hard time facing a task that large, but with the right approach a hoarding cleanup can be as easy as 1-2-3!
Hoarders suffer from extreme anxiety that causes them to experience difficulties discarding items. In some cases, the motivation to stay clean and organized might be completely sapped out from dealing with depression. There are many reasons why develop hoarding disorder, and getting to know the person you are trying to help is ultimately the best place to start.
The worst thing you can do during a hoarding cleanup is to approach the situation without a plan. Always set realistic goals that you can get done in a reasonable amount of time. Doing things this way helps you track progress, and develop new goals as you go. No one is saying that you have to figure everything out overnight, but if you focus on one thing at a time soon everything will come together.
If getting organized is the struggle, label a few bins that you can sort items into and put everything from one room in there. The bins can be marked “Keep”, “Discard”, and “Donate”, for example. Then, once everything in the room has been emptied into the bins and you have a blank slate, you can work on giving things a home, and figuring out a plan for junk removal.
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