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Creating a Supportive Approach when Cleaning a Hoarder House

Creating a Supportive Approach when Cleaning a Hoarder House

For those who live with or love a hoarder, cleaning out their house can be daunting. But with a bit of understanding and preparation, it doesn't have to be so overwhelming. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips for approaching a hoarder house-clearing project with compassion and knowledge, setting you up for success.

Step One - Safety must be a priority.

No matter how overwhelming cleaning a hoarder house may seem, remember that the first step is always safety. No effort should be made to clean the hoarder house until it has been fully assessed for any potential health or fire hazards. 

Whether working alone or with a hoarding cleanup company, taking necessary precautions and wearing protective clothing before entering the space must be a priority for anyone involved. Doing so will create an environment where cleaning can take place without expending excessive energy on worrying about one’s physical safety. 

Hoarded homes are usually packed with many physical hazards like clutter, sharps, broken glass, rotten food, and hazardous materials.

Step Two - Create a game plan involving the closest family members and friends.

People who suffer from Hoarding disorder often deal with other mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and Obbsssive-compulsive Disorder. Having them join in creates a strong sense of support and a more holistic approach to the task.

With their different perspectives and strategies, hoarding cleanup can become less of an obstacle and more of an opportunity for growth and change. Always consider their comfort throughout the process!

Step Three - Be prepared for anything and everything.

Step Three of cleaning a hoarder's house is about being prepared for anything and everything that might come during the process. When you're cleaning up, don't be surprised if you come across other messes that weren't originally in the plan.

Hoarders often utilize clever hiding spots to store their belongings—from the attic to behind furniture—so it's important to be ready to handle unexpected finds. Everything should be handled safely and monitored closely throughout the cleaning process since debris here can range from general clutter to dangerous items (such as cleaning products or sharp objects). By staying organized and keeping your eye on the new situation, you and your loved ones will be able to stay on track with cleaning up the space!

Step Four  - Don't forget about emotional well-being.

With the rising awareness of emotional well-being, it’s important not to forget there are treatment options for Hoarding Disorder. In its most extreme format, hoarding disorder manifests when someone struggles to let go of personal possessions. Even when overwhelmed with physical clutter and unmanageable items, they cannot let go because of the emotional attachments connected to them.

When evaluating treatment for Hoarding Disorder, providing focused, practical help with personal possessions or having a support system is essential for successful therapy results. Treatment for hoarding disorder can range from cognitive-behavioral approaches that look at the thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions related to hoarding all the way through getting professional help from a mental health provider and treatment team.

Step Five - Allow the individual to heal from their wounds.

Once the hoard's sorting, categorizing, and discarding have taken place, the individual can begin finding healing from the wounds that the disorder has created. By accepting the support of their loved ones and the help of professionals, a change in the outlook for hoarding disorder is possible.

Through cognitive restructuring and positive reinforcement, individuals can slowly but surely regain control over their lives. Hoarding disorder does not have to define who they are or keep them trapped in an unhealthy cycle. It is important to recognize the potential for recovery and provide support throughout the entire process.

When cleaning a hoarder house, Bio-One of Chula Vista can help!

No one should have to go through the difficulties of hoarding and cleanup alone. At Bio-One, we are here to help you every step of the way. Our top priority is always safety for our clients and team members. We will involve only the closest family or friends to maintain privacy and sensitivity during this process.

With a game plan in place and emotional support available, we can work together to get through anything that comes up during hoarder clean-up services. Please, don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with a hoarding situation - we're here.

Hoarding cleaning - Before and after.
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