There isn’t really an easy way to deal with the clean up of the home of a hoarder. If you are the hoarder, it takes and extremely disciplined and prepared mind to get the process started. For those who are working to help clean a hoarder’s house, you must be patient and ready for hard work. All parties involved may find they have a tough time wrapping their heads around the enormity of the project at hand.
Fortunately, there are those who have gone through this process before and have shared best practices through blogs and websites. We’ve compiled a list of ideas and tips for cleaning up the home of a hoarder.
1. Stay Positive
As cliché as they may seem, you’ll be glad you’re working with people who are making a concerted effort to stay positive. Cleaning up after a hoarder isn’t a glamorous or quick paced job whatsoever. Even those with the best attitudes will run into moments of doubt along the way. Deciding early on to stay positive will make a difference in you ability to get through the project.
2. Have a Plan
As you assess the situation, start to formulize a strategy on how you will accomplish your objective. Identify the strongest needs first, such as sanitation issues. Prioritize and organize tasks based on categories. This will help when working with a team of people. If each person or group has a specific task to focus on, it will make the cleanup process more effective.
3. Call in Reinforcements
Attempting to clean a home affected by hoarding on your own is simply overwhelming and next to impossible. It can be emotionally draining even when there are 2 or 3 people helping you. You need to build a team of people to help accomplish this task. Family, friends and neighbors might be the first people you recruit. From there, you may find that you need professional help as well.
4. Arrange for a Dumpster
Most municipalities offer dumpster services that include dropping off the dumpster and picking it up a couple of weeks later. The advantage to having a dumpster like this is that it allows much more trash to be thrown away as well as other unwanted items around the home. Knowing that it will be there throughout the cleanup process reduces stress.
5. Start Small
In some ways, the task of cleaning a home affected by hoarding can literally feel like a mountain. Be sure to remind yourself that it’s okay for things to happen a little at a time. Set a realistic time to accomplish small goals that lead to bigger goals. This will keep you motivated as you move forward.
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