Hoarding is a mental health disorder characterized by an unwillingness to part with possessions regardless of their actual value. For a hoarder, just the thought of getting rid of an item causes distress. The inability to discard possessions often results in cluttered living spaces that can compromise personal health and safety. If you or someone you know has a hoarding disorder, the professionals at ServiceMaster 24 Hour are here to help.
Recognizing the Symptoms
For the observer, excessive clutter is the first sign of a hoarding disorder. Living areas may become so filled with objects that they no longer serve their intended use. The accumulated items often seem worthless, such as newspapers, old clothes and broken objects. Hoarders are motivated to save them because:
- They believe they will be needed in the future.
- They have a fear that something will be wasted.
- They attach emotional significance to the items.
- Saving things gives them a sense of security.
When it comes to tackling a complex problem like hoarding, expertise matters. The road to recovery begins with consulting a qualified mental health professional with experience treating the disorder. Ensuring that clean-up tasks are handled by skilled specialists is just as important. That’s why ServiceMaster 24 Hour turned to acclaimed hoarding expert Matt Paxton to develop a compassion-focused cleaning program for hoarders:
- Our extreme cleaning pros take control of the clutter by organizing items into clearly defined categories.
- We locate lost valuables, coordinate recycling and distribute designated items to friends and family members.
- Using specialized equipment, we clean away harmful contaminants, restoring the home to a safe and healthy environment.
At ServiceMaster 24 Hour, we’re proud that our compassionate approach to hoarding disorders helps with recovery. We strive to improve the quality of life for all our clients in the Tampa Bay area. To learn more, explore our full range of speciality services or call us at 813-603-2001 in Hillsborough County or 727-201-0499 in Pasco or Pinellas County.