Dealing with hoarding disorder is difficult on so many levels. Managing the individual can be emotionally draining, especially if they don’t agree that there’s a problem. Knowing where to start cleaning in a home that’s packed with clutter is overwhelming. These steps will help you take control of the situation, sort through items in a hoarder’s home, and clean and sanitize it so it’s safe to live in again.
The following are common warning signs of a hoarder that you should look for if you suspect that a friend or family member may be hoarding. Learn how to confront and help a hoarder.
Hoarding, cluttering and collecting differ markedly. Each of these three descriptors affects the homeowner in very specific ways. Let’s take a look at the differences between the three scenarios.
Hoarding – a type of anxiety disorder that prevents the affected individuals from assessing the actual value of an item and making informed decisions about their possessions and their own lives – has been a growing concern in the United States over the last several decades. Hoarders accumulate large amounts of worthless items and get emotionally attached to them, without …