When you discover someone has a hoarding problem, which is excessive and compulsively holding onto and collecting items, it can be a difficult process to remedy the problem. But with the right resources and help from other local organizations and businesses, you can treat the underlying problem and clean up after the psychical results. Here are some tips to help you clean up and help the hoarder begin to heal from the process.
Hire Professional Psychological Help
When a person hoards, there are underlying issues and causes that have caused them to feel the need to hold onto their things and not let them go. This can result in the accumulation of everything that person has purchased, used, and found discarded. Without treating the person's mental condition, the hoarding will never improve and cleaning up after the visible problems only will result in the hoarding problem to continue.
Keep in mind, it is often most successful to help a hoarder by giving them help from a cognitive therapist trained to help with hoarding issues. Often therapy combined with medication is helpful for the hoarder to learn to overcome their habits and condition, as many times the condition stems from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Look online or in the local phone directory for a therapist or psychiatrist trained to help with hoarding and other OCD issues.
Rent a Dumpster
Once your hoarder has begun treatment, you can begin with the cleaning-up process around their home and yard. Clean-up after a hoarding situation can include removal of many types of items and materials from the person's home, some of which can be hazardous. Talk to a junk dumpster rental company to get a dumpster equipped to handle hoarding situations. They may recommend contacting a local recycling company or salvage yard to pick up items in the yard, such as metal items or old appliances that can be properly recycled.
Begin to fill your dumpster by moving items into it through a side access hatch. This allows you to walk into the dumpster and fill it from one end to the other until it is completely full. This can help you make the most of the dumpster's space and fill it to capacity. Once the dumpster is full, call the rental company for it to be removed and its contents disposed of.
Call Animal or Pest Control
As you begin to clean up the property, you may discover a problem with mice or other pests that will require you to call a pest control company. If your hoarder has also hoarded cats or another type of animal, you may want to call an animal control specialist or the Humane Society to help you find new homes for the animals.