Hoarding is a difficult condition for everyone involved. The individual with the disorder struggles with it daily, while their loved ones must deal with the repercussions. Facing their hoarding problem is a very difficult step for hoarders to take, and it can help if their family members and significant others are able to recognize the signs of hoarding. Families can then overcome hoarding together and restore their homes.
- Newspapers, magazines, and mail accumulate:
It is common to have a small amount of paper clutter in everyday life. Hoarders tend to keep stacks of paper goods that continue to accumulate instead of being discarded or recycled. Look for quantities of junk mail and receipts that are excessively old. When clutter begins to interfere with living spaces, your loved one may be in an advanced stage of hoarding.
- Refusal to throw items away:
Hoarders will often form attachments to items in their home, especially clutter. They may simply be unable to part with something they feel will have value at some later date. Typically, they will continue to build collections of miscellaneous things that they eventually stack on top of each other.
- Excessive quantities of one type of item:
Hoarders can fixate on a particular thing or set of things in the same way as a collector. However, a hoarder does not organize their “collection” and often continues to acquire such items without any particular practical reason. An example would be a hoarder who purchases T-shirts only to pile them until they form inaccessible mounds.
If you believe your loved one is hoarding, it can help to have a cleaning service on hand for junk removal. First, seek help for your loved one, then call DASO Restoration. We can help restore your loved one’s home to its original condition, and we can also separate valuables from clutter. Contact us at (718) 893-0252 or visit our website to learn more about our cleanup services.