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Help for Hoarders estimates that approximately 1.5 million people in the UK, suffer from a hoarding disorder and with a figure that high, it’s much more common than is typically recognised.

Due to the large quantity of waste that hoarding produces, it’s hard to know which services to turn to when looking to clear up. One of the biggest problems with hoarding is that it commonly leads to the gathering of potentially harmful rubbish that can eventually become toxic, which is dangerous to be living with.

If someone is ready to clean up their hoard or they have passed away leaving it to friends or relatives to get rid of, it’s important to remember that this type of rubbish removal requires a lot of care and consideration to ensure a safe and efficient cleanup.

What is the difference between clutter and hoarding?

The difference between hoarding and clutter is that hoarding is often understood to be an obsession that requires a lot of care and consideration, particularly when cleaning up, while, on the other hand, clutter is a collection of waste on a much lower scale, and something that can easily be removed.

In extreme cases hoarding is recognised as a disorder, in this case it’s best to seek the advice of a professional and see how they can help you let go of unnecessary items that have been ‘saved’. Hoarders typically have a strong desire to buy items and then an even stronger need to not part with them. The ‘need’ to keep items they don’t have the room for exceeds the idea of being rational, a hoarder would rather buy another wardrobe or begin to fill another room rather than get rid of the possessions they have gathered.

Whereas, people who are having issues with clutter, more often than not, have homes that they can still function in the way they’re expected to. While many may have copious amounts of belongings, they’ll still be able to bring their home to a level of tidy or ‘organised mess’ that is acceptable to live and host in.

When it comes to clutter, these items are much easier to organise, while it may seem that the piles have been getting higher, it’s often a case of finding better storage solutions or the spring cleaning of items you no longer have any use or need for. This can usually be resolved with a trip or two to your local tip, charity shop, or clothing bin.

Therefore, hoarding clearance is a process that requires a lot of understanding and efficiency.

 Our top tips to help get organized

  1. Be ruthless and have an open mind

It may be easier said than done, however, the best plan of action is to be ruthless when deciding which items stay and which items go.

If something doesn’t have a place, or no longer sticks out as something of importance until you have re-discovered it, then it’s time to let go. If the items are new or in good condition, they can be donated to charity to go on and find purpose in someone else’s home instead of going into landfill.

  1. Create a plan of action

If you’re ready to clean up a hoard, it’s time to make a solid plan of action.

It is key to understand what you want to achieve from the rubbish removal. If it’s a personal task or something that has been left to you after someone has passed away, it’s important to know of there are items that need keeping, selling or whether everything can be disposed in one big sweep. Therefore, by creating a plan of action you will be able to make sure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.

  1. Separate valuable items into a safe place

It’s important to make sure that valuable items don’t get mixed up with the waste you’re getting rid of.

If you’re keen to keep specific items or possessions during the cleanup, it’s important to organise these into labeled boxes that are kept away from the cleaning site during the process. This will help prevent any mix-up’s that may see important items lost or thrown out. Again, this allows for a smoother and stress-free process.

  1. Consider selling some items

Within the clean, you may find some items are harder to let go of, especially if they’re still in good condition.

Therefore, it is worth doing some research, to see if these can be sold on to make a profit. You could be in the possession of collectables or even something that is of no value to you, but can go on and find it’s place with someone else,

  1. Hire a professional

If the hoard or de-cluttering has become too large to handle yourself, it may be time to hire a professional.

Depending on the scale of the hoard, there’s a risk of potentially harmful waste is hiding amongst the other rubbish, industry professionals have the appropriate equipment, consideration of the emotional concerns and professional opinions to get the waste efficiently and safely removed from the property.

Hoarding clearance can be a mammoth task emotionally as well as physically challenging. If you’re look for support anywhere in the UK we can help. From house clearance in Bristol, to Northampton, house clearance Glasgow, Swansea, Stoke or anywhere else, we’ve got you covered.

Dealing with hoarding is a sensitive process and something we at Just Clear handle with patience and sensitivity, having experience in “hoarding clearance” we understand the care that needs to be taken during this process.