If you have a hoarder in your family or circle of friends, you know how emotionally and physically draining it is, especially when you must take the necessary steps to remove junk and other items from their St. Petersburg, Florida, home. Not only will they fight you on the matter, but the cleaning process itself is overwhelming. However, there are ways to complete the cleaning process without as much drama. By talking with the hoarder about cleaning, formulating a strategy, and hiring the right help, you can hopefully return the hoarder’s life to normal.
Discuss the Issue With the Hoarder
The first and perhaps most daunting task of removing items from the hoarder’s home is talking with the hoarders themselves. It’s important to remember that hoarding is a psychological condition, and often, you may find hoarders acting irrationally. Through a series of conversations, your main goal is to earn the trust and respect of the person.
Once you accomplish this, discuss the benefits of sanitizing the home. Hopefully, this opens the hoarder’s eyes to the problem and makes them more likely to enlist your help.
Make a Plan
After the hoarder is on board with the idea, the next step is to make a plan. Depending on the severity of the hoarding, this may take a few hours, or several days. The idea is that you want to keep the person as calm as possible. The best way to attack the mess is to make piles of items: keep, donate, trash, and recycle. Remember that the “keep pile” should contain only items that the hoarder will definitely use, such as kitchen equipment and unsoiled clothes.
After you’ve talked to the hoarder and created a plan, it’s time to call a professional. At ServiceMaster 24 Hour, we have extensive experience cleaning up after hoarders, putting us in a unique position to get the job done right. Give us a call today for a thorough cleaning, odor removal, or packing services at 727-300-3773.
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