Are You or Is Someone You Know a Hoarder?
Most of us have some clutter in our homes, but for some people, this disorganization and accumulation of items can take over the house. Some people’s homes become so cluttered to the point where they are overwhelming to themselves or others. This can affect their family relationships, friendships, and daily stress levels.
Hoarding typically has three components:
- Acquiring possessions compulsively
- Constantly buying or collecting free things
- Saving all these possessions and never discarding anything
- Struggling to organize and maintain all the saved possessions
Contact us at (800) 819-6331 to learn more about how our junk removal services can assist you or a loved one through a hoarding situation.
Going about Hoarding Situations
The Junkluggers has years of experience helping clean out homes that could be classified as hoarding situations. Through these experiences, we have learned how to safely and sensitively use our expertise to help individuals and families step into a cleaner, more stress-free living situation.
People who hoard keep things for the same reason as anyone else:
- For sentimental value – The hoarder has an emotional attachment to the items or saves them to remember an important life event
- For utility value – The item is, or could be, useful
- For aesthetic value – The item is considered to be attractive or beautiful
If you hoard, you probably have problems organizing and maintaining all your possessions. First of all, the sheer number of items can be overwhelming. A hoarder can have problems categorizing because he or she may struggle to see each item as unique. This often results in clutter and eventually causes stress and isolation.
Part of the problem with those struggling with hoarding problems is that they find it hard to make decisions about what to do with their possessions. You or your loved one may feel that something bad will happen if they discard an item or feel like a part of their identity will be lost. If he or she has a past experience of throwing something out and regretting it later, this is likely to increase their distress.
What Happens to All That Stuff & How Can The Junkluggers Help?
We recognize that preventing waste is of particular importance to people coping with hoarding issues and The Junkluggers makes every effort to divert useful items from the landfill.
Our luggers set up staging areas on most jobs involving hoarding cases so that items can be properly and easily sorted. We donate gently-used items to local charities and recycle items like scrap metal, wood, plastic, and electronics that can be reused. However, due to the nature of hoarding, some items may be so soiled that they must be thrown away.
Let The Junkluggers help you with your hoarding needs. We can direct you to very qualified organizers who can help you feel more comfortable with your decisions. Our friendly professionals can work with you to make the transition to a clutter-free, healthy lifestyle change.
Call (800) 819-6331 to schedule a free on-site estimate with our hoarding cleanup specialists.