Helping a Hoarder

Compulsive hoarding is thankfully not very common, but it is becoming more recognized because of the reality TV show on TLC “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”  It is a psychological issue of varying degrees and it can be very difficult to decide where cleanup should start. If you know someone or have a loved one who suffers from hoarding, here are a couple tips to help you.

Hire a professional

If you have ever tried to help your friends or loved ones clean up, you know how difficult it is to understand why they keep certain objects.  Hoarders attach sentimental value to objects, and have trouble getting rid of anything: some valuable, some only with perceived value. This is an illness and it has no cure.  There are therapists who understand, and can help a hoarder overcome these types of feelings and help them to see what is trash and what is not. Having someone like this at the time of the cleanup can be necessary to get the job done.

Rent a Dumpster

If you have permission, or you have inherited a hoard, then our advice is to rent a roll-off dumpster. This is the most efficient and cost effective method of waste removal. Home Dumpsters has years of experience working with families in the Atlanta Metro Area. Whether you need a one dumpster or a series of them, give us a call.