2 Things That Are Necessary When Dealing With A Hoarder
Hoarding can be a serious problem. It's part of a mental illness and it can be very difficult for the person who is dealing with it. It's not like the hoarder can just stop because they are told to. It takes a multi-level process in order to help the hoarder and clean up the hoard and hopefully keep it from coming back. If the hoarder doesn't get help, the only thing that any cleaning is going to do is to let the hoarder have more space in order to start hoarding again. So, what are some of the things that you are going to need to do in order to help a hoarder?
Waste Removal Plan
One thing that you are going to need to do is to make sure that you have a good waste removal plan. There are several reasons for this. One is that the waste in a hoard can be hazardous to anyone trying to deal with it, and you can't necessarily just toss it into the regular trash for normal garbage removal. Another reason is that you are quite likely to have way more than you can put out on the street for normal collection. A third, much sadder reason, is that many hoarders will go through the refuse to get things that were part of their hoard.
So, you need to make sure that you have something like a dumpster to toss all the trash in. You can arrange for the waste removal company to come remove the dumpster as often as necessary. You may also be able to arrange to get a locking dumpster, so that no one can get into it while you aren't actively cleaning. That can keep the hoarder from going through the trash to find things to bring back into the house.
Another part of any plan to help with a hoarder is therapy. The hoarder can go to see a therapist so that they can try to figure out what's going on with them and help them deal with it. Many therapists who deal with hoarding will also come onsite so that they can support the hoarder in their cleaning process. They will help the hoarder decide what can be kept and what needs to be disposed of.
If you love a hoarder, you know that it's not easy on them or on you. There are several things that you can do in order to make it easier on you and them when you need to clean up their hoard.