4-Step Plan For a Successful Hoarding Cleanup + How Bio-One Can Help

4-Step Plan For a Successful Hoarding Cleanup + How Bio-One Can Help

A constant struggle with keeping a house clean and organized is a sign of hoarding behavior. Hoarding Disorder (HD) is a condition where people accumulate objects and/or animals to the point where it interferes with their ability to live a normal life. If hoarding has taken over a person's life, it's time to get help.


If you're ready to take the first step towards a better, healthier lifestyle, here is our four-step plan for a successful hoarding cleanup in your house. If you, a family member, or someone you love is struggling with hoarding and needs help, let Bio-One take care of everything. 


Our specialized restoration technicians understand how challenging these situations can be. That's why our approach is to be supportive, understanding but also focused on our goal of restoring the property to a safe, clean environment.


4-Step Plan for a Succesful Hoarding Cleanup in Your House


Hoarding cleanup can be difficult, but it's important to get the help you need to get your life back on track. You might need assistance to sort through your belongings and dispose of anything that is no longer needed. They can also help you create a plan to keep your house clean and organized in the future.

Image shows a cluttered kitchen area. There are piles of clutter and trash on the floor and kitchen counters.

1. Educate Yourself about Hoarding Disorder: Reach Out to a Mental Health Specialist


Hoarding is a mental disorder characterized by an excessive accumulation of objects. This can include everything from newspapers and junk mail to clothing, food, and animals. People who hoard often feel a strong emotional attachment to their possessions and find it difficult to discard them.

While hoarding can be a relatively harmless behavior in small amounts, it can become a dangerous problem when piles of clutter and garbage interfere with daily life and pose a health and safety risk to the individual and those around them.


One of the biggest problems in hoarding situations is the lack of education about the topic and the fear of being judged. A mental health specialist can give you all the guidance about what hoarding is, what possessions mean for the hoarder, and most importantly, they can diagnose and treat this condition.


There is a positive outlook for hoarding, but professionals must intervene and help the hoarder and the families with understanding the condition.


Learn more about Hoarding Diagnose and Treatment.

2. Contact a Professional Hoarding Cleanup Service to Get Started


It would help if you didn't go through the cleanup process alone - there are professional hoarding cleanup companies that can help you. These companies are professional cleaners trained in dealing with the unique challenges that hoarders' homes present and can help make the process of decluttering and cleaning up as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Image shows the same kitchen area from a different angle. There are piles of newspaper and other junk on the kitchen counters and floor.

When looking for a hoarding cleanup company, it's important to do your research to ensure you find a reputable and trustworthy business. Ask for recommendations from friends or family members, or do a quick online search to see what companies come up. Make sure to read reviews and compare prices before making a decision.


You also want to be prepared for how the cleanup process may be approached. A hoarding cleaning service entails a wide range of assistance, from providing counseling and advice to doing all the heavy lifting and cleaning themselves. It's important to be realistic about what you can handle and to communicate your needs and expectations clearly with the company.



3. Decide what to Keep, What to Donate, and What to Throw Away


When you're dealing with a hoarding situation, deciding what to do with all the stuff can be challenging. Hoarders may feel tempted to keep everything, but that's not always the best solution. Here are some tips for deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away:


  • Keep items that are important to the person or that have sentimental value.

  • Donate items that are still in good condition and that someone else could use.

  • Throw away items that are broken, damaged, or no longer useful.


If you're not sure what to do with something, it's always best to err on the side of caution and get rid of it. It's better to have less stuff and be clutter-free than to keep everything and be bogged down by stuff the person doesn't need.

Image shows a dining room with piles of clutter, newspapers, and garbage on the table and other areas.

If you're struggling to deal with a loved one's hoarding problem, seeking professional help is always beneficial. A hoarding cleanup service like Bio-One can assist you in sorting through your or your loved one's belongings and deciding what to keep, donate, or discard.


Bio-One specialists also guide how to maintain a clean and organized home after the hoarding cleanup is complete. Ultimately, our goal is to offer peace of mind and allow you to focus on your loved one's well-being.

4. Create a Plan to Keep Your House Clean and Organized in the future


Your house is a sanctuary. It's a place where you can relax, unwind, and be yourself. But more importantly, a house should make you feel safe. That's why it's so important to keep it clean and organized. A cluttered, messy home can be stressful and make it difficult to accomplish goals. Plus, you'd be constantly exposed to biohazards and other threatening situations.


Here are a few tips for keeping your house and your home clean and organized in the future:

  • Create zones in your home for different activities. For example, have a dedicated space for eating, working, and relaxing.

  • Make a cleaning plan. Designate specific days and times for cleaning different areas of your home.

  • Get everyone in the family involved in the cleaning. Assign tasks to each member of the household. It's better to work as teams, instead of leaving all the work to one person.

  • Invest in storage solutions. This will help keep things organized and tidy.

Image shows the same dining room after it was cleaned by Bio-One specialists.

Follow Bio-One's four-step plan for a successful and stress-free cleanup if you're ready to get started on your hoarding cleanup. From assessment to restoration, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Bio-One of Oceanside - Independently Owned & Operated!


Bio-One of Oceanside is the  #1 Disinfection, Sanitation, and Decontamination Company in North San Diego County, providing Professional, Industry standards services in all kinds of extreme scenarios:

Cleaning and recovery services


  • Crime and trauma scene cleanup services

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  • Undiscovered death cleanup services

  • Homicide/Suicide cleanup services

  • Feces and bodily fluids cleanup services

  • Mold remediation services

  • Water remediation services

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Hoarding cleanup services 


  • Hoarding cleanup

  • Animal hoarding cleanup

  • Gross filth cleanup

  • Deep clean

  • Junk removal

  • Hazardous waste disposal

  • Nicotine stain/odor removal

  • Odor removal

Help First, Business Second!


When a traumatic event occurs, Bio-One of Oceanside arrives on-scene to respond quickly and assist victims. We partner with local law enforcement, emergency responders, victim advocate groups, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, insurance companies, and other organizations to provide the most efficient and superior service possible. 


We have been an independently owned and operated business since August of 2020 to help our community through difficult and unexpected situations.  

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Our certified technicians are caring, compassionate, and discreet, and we are ready to help you in your most significant time of need. 


We are proud Southern California Rental Housing Association members and the Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista Chambers of Commerce!


We are proudly serving North San Diego and surrounding communities! 


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Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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