Preparing to clean a hoarder’s home is an emotional experience: it is difficult to watch your loved one suffer from an anxiety disorder, and its effect can make the process of sorting through belongings nearly impossible. As you prepare to clean out the home, make sure you are following the three steps.
Talk to the Hoarder
Regardless of the level of clutter in a room, you will need to take some time to address the individual with a hoarding problem and explain how cleaning will improve their quality of life and reduce their level of anxiety. This will require a certain level of trust to be built between you and the hoarder: they will need to be sure that you have their best interests at heart and will not dispose of anything containing true sentimental value. You will need to discuss the importance of getting professional help to treat their disorder.
Before beginning the home cleanout, hire a company specializing in hoarding cleanouts. They will be trained in the proper cleaning and safety protocol to complete the project without issue. The team will be able to help determine what items are salvageable and if items of great value can be thoroughly disinfected. Professionals will also be able to properly clean sharp shards of glass and animal waste that has accumulated over time, bringing necessary safety equipment and cleaning supplies to the scene.
Sort Belongings & Disinfect the Property
After everyone is assembled, it will be time to begin sorting items into distinct piles: items with emotional value to keep, gently-used items to donate, and items to throw away. It will be easier to go room-by-room, starting with smaller areas. As you go through, make sure you have designated areas for clean items to keep, as well as a dumpster for trash. Once each room is completely clear of its contents, the team can begin cleaning the floors, walls, and windows and disinfecting each surface. This will improve the air quality in the home and remove all dirt and accumulated grime.
Hoarding Cleanups in Lynn, Swampscott, Peabody & Saugus, MA
If you or your loved one needs assistance with a hoarding cleanout, contact Flannery’s Handymen today! Our team is highly trained to deal with this sensitive issue quickly and discreetly. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.