Some people find it very hard to dispose of things that have no value. Many Australians suffer from compulsive hoarding, a psychological disorder that is characterized by inability to dispose of items that do not have worth. Hoarders find it very difficult to discard items like newspapers, junk mail, garbage, consumer goods, and other materials. When piled up, these materials can cause unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Hoarding can also lead to disability and even eviction.
If your family, friend, or a loved one is a hoarder, you may find it very difficult to clean his home. You need to plan before you even start to perform hoarding cleanup. Here are some tips for doing cleanup to help someone you know who suffers from hoarding once he agrees for a cleanup.
- Expect to see items that you won’t expect to see in a hoarder’s collection such as spoiled food, animal waste, harmful chemicals, and even dead pets. It is important that you ask for help from other people as you may not be able to tackle the problem alone. Itemise the tasks that you need to do.
- Since there are unsanitary items in a hoarder’s house, make sure you are fully protected with the right gear such as rubber gloves, breathing mask, and goggles.
- Prepare a staging area where you can use to sort things out. You also need to prepare an area where you can take trash and debris.
- It is better to use a ‘slowly but surely’ approach in hoarding cleanup. If you do not have patience in cleaning and just want to throw away every object that you come across, you won’t succeed. Throwing away all objects that you see is not a good thing to do because there may be salvageable items. Make sure you talk about these items with the owner. Make him decide which ones are to be donated to charity and which ones are to stay home.
- Make sure you inspect items that may have expired like food. Clean and sterilise dishware and flatware. Inspect paper products if they are contaminated.
- When you think you cannot handle the task and it becomes impossible to do it alone, you can call a professional hoarding and squalor cleanup company like All Aces Services to help you.
All Aces Services takes pride in its hoarding cleanup procedure. It includes decontaminating hazardous chemicals and materials, deodorisation of foul smell, proper disposal in accordance to local ordinances, and discretion since hoarding is a sensitive condition that calls for proper attention and care.