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4 Tips and Tricks for Helping a Hoarder Clean Up

4 Tips and Tricks for Helping a Hoarder Clean Up

If you have ever been involved in a hoarding situation, you'll probably know how difficult it can be to get the person out of there. The reality of hoarders is that they often feel very attached to their things and may see getting rid of them as giving up a part of themselves. It can be gruesome, but luckily, there is a way out. Here are four tips and tricks for helping a hoarder clean up:

Hoarding is not just about the stuff. It's emotional for them.

Recognizing why a person might be holding onto things is part of understanding what hoarding is all about. It is not just the items but rather the emotions attached to them. Hoarding may be considered an expression of someone's innermost fears and insecurities. If you're thinking of helping a hoarder clean up and break the cycle, it is essential to remain compassionate and to understand while also offering support and guidance on an individual basis.

At Bio-One of Oceanside, our remediation technicians take a non-judgmental approach paired with patience that enables victims of hoarding situations to come to terms with their behavior to make the changes necessary for a healthier lifestyle.

Go through things with them and help them decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

Cleaning up can be daunting, and helping someone who hoards to go through items they own and decide what to part with or keep is no exception. When taking a compassionate and assertive approach, it's important to start the process on the right track by helping them feel supported, understood, and heard.

Establish common goals both parties want to accomplish and break the tasks into manageable parts. A non-judgmental approach also helps create an environment where the person feels comfortable opening up about their struggles around getting rid of certain items. Remember, at the end of the day, helping someone decide what’s best for them is more important than keeping any one item. Above all, ensuring they know they have support throughout this challenging process is key.

Create a system for organizing everything so it's easier for them to maintain.

Creating a system for organizing everything is one of the main approaches that hoarding cleanup companies take. This could be a filing system, color coding, labels, or any other organization that works best for the individual. Creating an efficient organization system will make it much easier to keep everything in order and maintain an orderly living space!

When helping a hoarder clean up, be patient and understanding!

Understanding and being patient are key when it comes to helping a hoarder clean up and during treatment! The restoration process may take time, energy, and effort. It's essential to remember that treatment consists of more than clearing items from a person's home. Hoarders may need support, compassion, and understanding throughout the treatment process.

Providing those things, along with guidance and direction, can help make the treatment more effective. This ongoing process is not easy for anyone involved, so remember to take your time and approach it with patience and understanding.

Trust Bio-One to start helping a loved one clean up! We are here to help.

If you or a loved one is struggling with hoarding, know that help is available. Our team at Bio-One of Oceanside can provide the assistance and support needed to get through the remediation process. We understand how emotional it can be for people to part with their belongings, but we work patiently and compassionately with our customers to help them decide what to keep and get rid of. We are here to help every step of the way. Contact us today if you need assistance dealing with hoarding.

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With our help, you can regain control of your life and home. Call us today to get started with hoarding cleanup!

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