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A person with a hoarding disorder will hold on to items for sentimental or emotional reasons. They keep things that cause clutter in the home. For people with a hoarding disorder, the act of decluttering their home seems impossible and can be a very taxing task. Restoration companies help take the cleaning process off your hands so that you can tackle the emotional and psychological effects that may come of it. Here is what you need to know about hoarding cleanup.

Sensitivity When You Need It

More than 3 million Americans are suffering from a hoarding disorder. A restoration company will come to work without any judgment. In order to prevent causing emotional harm, the company will work directly with their client as well as family and/or a psychologist. Having a service to help can make the process go smoothly and prevent you from putting yourself in a difficult situation alone.

Getting Rid of the Clutter

The first thing a restoration company will do is physically remove the goods that need to be removed. No matter why you hire the company, be it for safety, moving or cleaning an estate, they will do it all. This is the hardest step in the process, and it’s understood that just removing the clutter won’t prevent future hoarding. A restoration company can also help to find long-term solutions, including safeguarding your home against damages that can occur from hoarding.

Disinfect and Restore the Home

Hoarders are probably unaware of any damage in their home. Even just a few years of piling goods into a room can promote moisture or pressure to the structure. A restoration company can disinfect the area and survey for mold, stains, offensive odors, and other biohazards. They also have the correct tools to respond to the damage, leaving your home cleaner than they found it. Damage likely hiding in the floors or walls will affect the integrity of your home and can only be seen after hoarding cleanup.

Call Kelley Klean

Hoarding cleanup is a sensitive and emotional project for the client and their family. At Kelley Klean, we want to do our part to help make things a little easier. Kelley Klean has a lot of experience working with clients with hoarding disorders as well as their loved ones. We can also clean estates after a loved one has passed. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990 to set up an appointment.

Top Seven Issues to watch out for when dealing with Hoarders (Part 2)

photo by HypnoArt-

photo by HypnoArt-

In part one  of the two-part series on hoarding and the kind of issues a helper can face with dealing with hoarding, we covered risk to life and health, and the trust deficit issue among hoarders. In part two, we will go over the other important issues to watch out for when dealing with hoarders.

Dealing with Clean-up of Items that Carry Sentimental or Financial Value

There is no doubt that you will come across several roadblocks when dealing with a hoarder. Getting rid of items that are dangerous or of no value is one thing. Dealing with items that do carry an emotional or financial value such as collectibles, insurance policies, property papers, or jewelry can be a whole different ball game altogether. While the hoarder might be aware of the value that these items hold, they are mostly helpless when it comes to sorting things out in an orderly manner. The job of a professional in this case will be focused on sorting things out first, disposing of items that are unnecessary, and cataloging and restoring items that are of value to their former condition. Again, through each step of the way, maintaining an open and positive channel of communication definitely helps. The professional will not simply barge in and start disposing off items. Any sorting out and disposal will happen in collaboration and in keeping with the mental and emotional consent of the hoarder.

Social Isolation and Anxiety Disorder

If you know you are dealing with a hoarder, then you will also recognize their deep dislike for social interactions. Over a period of time, this dislike can turn into social isolation. The reason for this isolation is the fear of embarrassment and shame associated with their living conditions. They might be aware of the kind of dangers and risk their living conditions pose to outsiders and this also could lead to voluntary social isolation. When this happens, breaking through the self-imposed barriers and forming a connection can be extremely difficult. In cases where this is the case, professionals hoarding clean-up technicians will work closely with a helper to build a bond of trust prior to making any changes to the present living conditions.

Stressful or Tense Environments – Causes behind Hoarding Behavior

Often it is a traumatic event in the past that could have triggered a compulsive need to hoard everything in sight. Because of the social isolation, the unhealthy living conditions, and the stress of dealing with a mental condition all on their own, the life of a hoarder can be very tense and full of stress.

Again, the only way forward is to address the real triggers that lead to hoarding in the first place. If you can understand the triggers and reasons behind the hoarding tendency, dealing with someone who is a hoarder becomes easier. Remember, unless there is a clear understanding of the cause, finding a solution can be difficult.


Hoarding as a behavioral condition still needs a lot of exposure. The documentation for this condition is still largely minimal. However, hoarding is a real condition and it affects a number of people. If you are in contact with a hoarder or if you know of someone who needs help, seeking professional help could lead to a proper and much needed resolution for the person affected.