‘A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value.’
Often sorting through a dear one’s possessions after they have died can be a good way to achieve closure. It will of course be terribly upsetting and some people may not be able to face up to the task so soon after someone has departed but others will find that it sparks lovely memories as they sift through old photographs and memorabilia.
The truth is, however difficult the task, it has to be done. What nobody expects to do is a clearing out job that could take weeks and may even endanger their health but that’s what cleaning out a hoarder’s house can easily involve.
When you are required to clean out a hoarder’s house, the task can be on another level altogether.
The chances are you won’t even know what kind of state the house is in because a hoarder tends to reject visitors before they’ve had a chance to step over the threshold.
But when they’ve passed on and you have to sort out their possessions you’ll discover that they don’t really discriminate between things that have a value, whether monetary or sentimental, for them everything is to be stashed away to the point where the home is unable to navigate.
Cleaning out a hoarder house isn’t just about sifting through possessions it can involve clearing away toppling piles of magazines and newspapers and boxes stuffed with empty food trays, It can be learning that the person has been living in a small patch of house without access to the bathroom or kitchen as they’ve been blocked by debris and it can mean facing up to the fact that you can’t do it alone.
There are some hoarder situations where the house is so rammed with clutter that it will be dangerous and be a source of both physical dangers and biohazards.
Hoarding can result in;
A professional cleaning company will come prepared and equipped for any of these possibilities and know how to deal with them. Once all the clutter is cleared and the threat of injury or contamination is removed then if you need to sort out the remaining possessions of the deceased person, it becomes a lot easier.
If you are faced with the prospect of cleaning out a hoarder house, our expert cleaning team are here to help. Find out more information about our hoarding cleaning service and contact us today for more information on 03300 02 02 88.