A Hoarder's Nightmare, A Family's Relief
A hoarder suffers extreme difficulty in throwing away possessions that they regard as potentially important. Hoarders battle anxiety and distress from the difficult task of cleaning and discarding what others would consider junk, unnecessary, and useless. This in effect troubles family members and friends who love them but also cannot bare the piling amounts of garbage engulfing their home. It is an intense attachment to things, but that isn't all. Hoarding is detrimental to health and well being, and often leads to household problems. If you or someone you love is hoarding, get them the right kind of help that will sort through their belongings carefully and work with them to discard every useless item. Following are some problems associated with hoarding that arise as the situation worsens, along with some helpful solutions.
Hoarders have huge amounts of waste taking up space in any or all rooms of their home. Often rooms can be filled so much it is hard to walk through, therefore in times of emergency it may be difficult to exit. Someone may trip or have difficulty navigating out of the room in efficient timing. A helpful tip would be to create a safe path throughout the home where no items lay to make sure walking through is easy.
Heavy items plus multitudes of other possessions accumulate to a heavy weight. As houses age and these items take up a majority of space, it creates a dangerous environment. If flooring gives or items fall, someone can get severely injured. The beginning of hoarding clean-ups should involve removing items that are stacked and eventually bringing heaviest items to the main floor.
The buildup of items can hide other items, which can also pose as danger. Broken glass, knives, pointed objects, and other sharp items may be obscured from view and can hurt a household member or guest. This can occur from the item falling or being accidentally grabbed. The dangers of sharp objects can be helped by the removal of junk, but often an expert cleaner is needed in this and other serious situations.
A hoarder may not realize that their home is falling apart from under them or around them. Heaping stacks of items may hide water damage from a bursted pipe, for example. The floor may be giving out or mold may be growing. The problem with mold is it may spread around the house such as in the bathroom or washing machines and drier. It also makes breathing difficult and can cause other health problems.
This may be the worst problem in my opinion. It isn't a surprise that mice, rats, bugs, and the like will find home in the crowded space of a hoarder's home. Following hidden damages, mice and rats may find their way into the home and grow in numbers. Rodents and other unwanted creatures may carry diseases with them. When rodents are found in the home it is necessary to get experts to clean up.
Cleanout Express understands the emotional difficulties that hoarders experience with their possessions. That is why our trained professionals come willing to sit with the homeowner and discuss what the process will look like. They bag and sort items for keeping, discarding, recycling, and donating. Each staff member is prepared to start with one room or even one item at a time to help ease the situation for the homeowner.
When you or your loved one are ready to clean out hoarded items and start a new fresh, clean, and healthy life, call Cleanout Express. Our experts clean, sort, and remove all items efficiently. Cleanout Express is dedicated to customer satisfaction and are always there for you!
(Image from the Today's Show
of one woman who suffered from hoarding)