In most homes you can find cluttered closets, unorganized garages, junk drawers, and offices with stacks of homework. It’s all very normal, right? The answer is yes, until this clutter becomes a problem and/or keeps growing and, ultimately, affects other areas of your life. Hoarding has become more of an issue in today’s society and is difficult to control, clean up, and keep in order after cleanup. If you or someone you know is buried alive in clutter in Zumbrota, MN, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for professional hoarding cleanup services. Stress and anxiety often leads to clutter and hoarding tendencies. When our bodies are stressed, we often tend to resort to shopping or have difficulty letting go of possessions, no matter their worth. Hoarding can also cause financial strain and depression. Follow a few simple steps to get your life or the life of a friend or family member back to normal and free from hoarding:
- Recognize the difference between clutter and hoarding. While clutter can cause stress and anxiety, it typically isn’t to the extreme of hoarding. Hoarding typically has harmful effects such as physical, social, and emotional behaviors that cause further distress.
- Start small with cleanup. Once you’ve recognized and accepted the fact that you have difficulty letting go of possessions, start small with the cleanup. For example, set goals of cleaning one small area of your home at a time. Once that area is finished, move on to the next. It may be something as simple as a drawer or cabinet.
- Touch it once. The phrases “touch it once,” or “OHIO—Only handle it once” can be beneficial during the hoarding cleanup process. Make every effort to not move items or possessions from one place to another. Determine if the item should be disposed of, donated, or kept.
- Get rid of unused items. The rule of thumb is typically, “if you haven’t used the item in 6 months, get rid of it.” Let it go and move on without regret.
- Remember emotions. If you’re helping a friend or loved one begin the hoarding cleanup process, remember that this is difficult for them. Don’t be judgmental, work with them slowly, and talk them through the process while providing encouragement and support.
- Contact a professional hoarding cleanup team. You may find the job is too large for one or two individuals to handle. If this is the case, contact a professional hoarding cleanup service to take the burden off of you or your loved one.