Helping a hoarder takes understanding and sympathy
Hoarding often starts out as a collection of certain items or several piles of paper or garbage. Over time, especially after a traumatic event such as a death or divorce hoarding can escalate.
When dealing with a person with a hoarding disorder it is important to acknowledge that they may have an emotional attachment to the items in the home that you do not understand. Try to start with a simple clean up first such as clearing pathways and doorways. Once you complete that then try moving on to one room at a time starting with the most frequently used rooms such as kitchen, bathroom and bedroom first.
If the hoarding problem has been going on for a number of years you may need to hire a professional to ease any family tension and make the process easier.
If you find yourself in that position please reach out to SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties for assistance. Our staff knows how to help without creating friction between you and your loved ones.