Hoarding Advice from the Professionals

January 5th, 2017 by

Professionals Addressing Concerns of Hoarding

Hoarding AdviceHoarding can impact various aspects of life, producing various dangers and dilemmas including but not limited to tripping hazards, fire hazards, collapsing, biohazards, financial problems, pest problems, and other looming perils depending on the situation at hand. It is important to be aware of hoarding dangers and understand how to stay safe and prevent potential consequences of hoarding. Different professionals, from firefighters to therapists, have come in contact with various hoarding situations, and they have advice to help you stay safe and address a hoarding situation.

  1. Advice from Andrew Brown on the Physical Dangers of Hoarding:
    Andrew Brown
    Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force
    EMT for 20 years
    Firefighter for 13 yearsHoarding can produce fire hazards from clutter, so it is important to be aware and be prepared. Andrew Brown is actively involved in efforts to bring about hoarding awareness and help. As a firefighter, EMT, and member of a hoarding task force, Andrew fully recognizes the potential fire hazards of hoarding, and has provided a few safety tips that can save lives: “Smoke alarms are the easiest thing that you can do to help save your life in a fire; but they are only effective for about 10 years. Even if you keep replacing the battery, the smoke alarms will still be no good. Replace your alarms with 10 year battery alarms and put one on every level and in every sleeping area…” Clutter can create obstacles that can make it difficult if not impossible to escape in a timely manner during an emergency. “Clear pathways are essential in an emergency. The International Fire Code calls for at least at 36″ pathway to the exits in your home. In an emergency, in the dark, with adrenaline and confusion, those 36″ are essential. Possessions on the stairs, small pathways, and items that keep your doors from opening fully could mean the difference between escaping or being trapped…”

    Items on floors can be dangerous tripping hazards to the residents and anyone else who enters the house. “Slip and fall injuries are some of the most common injuries in the home. If you have an accident, a fire, or some other medical emergency, your possessions could keep responders from getting to you. When they do get to you they will then have to get you out. Please remember that they have not been in your home before and will not know the easiest ways in and out, or the best ways to get around or over your things. People may fall and people and things may get hurt.” Make sure floors and stairways are cleared of obstacles in order to prevent possible falls.

  2. Advice from Jane Bodine on When and How to Start Addressing Hoarding:
    Jane Bodine, LCPC
    Therapist in private practice for 30 years
    Specialty is OCD, BFRB, Panic, Educational Advocacy and ClutterAs a therapist who treats patients as young as four years old, Jane reveals that “Starting earlier means less accumulation. [Individuals with hoarding behavior] are more likely to grasp the concept of too much stuff [when they address the situation at an earlier stage.]” Sometimes the hoarder may not be able to address the situation alone, but the help of family and friends can make a difference. “While hoarders may not be able or willing to change initially, family members can become educated and informed about the disorder.” Having an understanding of hoarding behavior is a good foundation to begin the process addressing the hoarding.
  3. Advice from Angel Gray on Helping a Hoarder: 
    Angel Gray 
    Code Enforcement Officer at City of Albany Dougherty CountyAs a Code Enforcement Officer, Angel has had various encounters with hoarding situations. She advises that when attempting to help a hoarder with a hoarding situation, “Never show disregard to their value in what they are hoarding.” Though items may seem of little to no value to outside eyes, to the individual who is hoarding the items, they are treasures that should not be treated with disdain.

These professionals have encountered many different hoarding situations and have an understanding of the various aspects involved. These individuals seek to help those with hoarding behavior and their loved ones, and so does Address Our Mess. If you or a loved one has a hoarding situation, the above advice can help give you an idea where to begin. It is time to address hoarding conditions before problems arise.

Hoarding is a sensitive yet serious matter, so it is crucial to understand hoarding behavior and be aware of how to approach the situation. No one has to be alone in their efforts to address hoarding; help is available. While beginning the journey to a clutter free life, consider the assistance of a therapist who specializes in hoarding in order to address the behavior. Combining psychological and physical assistance will result in the most effective treatment of hoarding. Address Our Mess can help restore property conditions with specialized hoarding cleanup services. For the safety and well-being of the residents, relatives, and the community, addressing a hoarding situation can save the property and lives.

5 Methods to Help Senior Hoarding

November 29th, 2016 by

It may seem like the elderly individuals within your life retain so many material items. With age comes great clutter. Often, belongings increase over the years; therefore, the more years a person has within their life, the more possessions they may own, generally speaking.
help senior hoardingThere are various reasons why senior citizens are prone to hoarding. Seniors may retain items due to sentimental attachment, the physical inability to maintain their residence, loneliness, fear of losing things, and other reasons. The problem with holding on to so many belongings throughout the years is that these items can impede on the life of the resident(s). Many dangers accompany excess clutter, such as tripping hazards, falling objects, fire hazards, financial distresses, and psychological ailments (e.g. anxiety, depression, etc.).
A lifetime of item accumulation can become overwhelming. There are methods to help:

  1. Acknowledge the problem. Denying an issue will simply make it worse rather than make it disappear. Being honest about an issue opens up doors for help.
  2. Do your research. It is crucial to know about a problem before you can address it; hoarding is no exception. Develop an understanding of what hoarding is as well as available resources to help with hoarding.
  3. Talk with the hoarder. Sometimes the individual is unaware or even in denial of a problem. Informing the hoarder of the situation and potential dangers can help bring to light the seriousness of the matter. Discuss how to remedy the hoarding situation and develop a plan together. Refer to our Hoarding Help Do’s and Don’ts Guide to know what to do (and what to avoid) when approaching a hoarder.
  4. Find a specialized cleaning company. Not all cleaning companies are equipped to handle hoarding situations. Look for a specialized hoarding cleanup company in your area to help clear the clutter and sanitize the home. Address Our Mess services many locations on the eastern half of the United States, providing compassionate, discrete, effective services.
  5. Consider a therapist. Hoarding may not be completely resolved by just the physical clean up. Combining hoarding cleaning with mental health services is a more effective solution as it will not only restore the home but also help to put a stop to continuing hoarding habits.

Hoarding is a sensitive matter so approach it appropriately. Hoarding is not only a physical issue but it is also psychological, so talk to a doctor or qualified mental health professional. Therapists are a great resource to help address the psychological aspects of hoarding for a more permanent solution. Some communities have hoarding task forces that are able to help with hoarding situations. The physical clutter needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to eliminate any possible physical hazards. Contact a specialized hoarding cleaning company, such as Address Our Mess, in order to ensure the property is properly cleaned out. Address Our Mess works side-by-side with you in order to restore a safe, sanitary property and ensure your satisfaction.

When a Significant Other is Hoarding

October 28th, 2016 by

Hoarding behavior can affect loved ones, not just the individual with hoarding behavior. The loved one who is hoarding has a relationship with his/her belongings, which can impede upon other relationships. Significant others – spouses, fiancés, boyfriends, girlfriends, whatever the case – will feel the effects of the hoarding, and the hoarding conditions may begin to impair the relationship.

couple hoardingIf the significant other is living with the hoarder in the same residence, then the clutter will physically disrupt his/her life as well as the hoarder’s. There may be arguments and fights erupting over cleaning the house and getting rid of “junk,” and there may be a continuous battle for attention and for stability. The clutter may feel like a “third person” in the relationship, as expressed by Lauren Libbert in the Daily Mail, providing her perspective as the wife of a hoarder. The significant other of the hoarder may not feel that the items collected are of value and may not understand the desire to hold on to such objects. He/she may feel that the hoarder is choosing material objects first, neglecting the needs and desires of loved ones. Before giving up on your partner and state of affairs, try to work together to overcome this condition and its trials. It may be difficult and it won’t be resolved overnight, but it is possible to overcome hoarding.

Attempting to dispose of items without the consent of the hoarder will only make matters worse. You would not wish for someone to come into your home and throw out all of your things; to the hoarder, those papers, boxes, books, and miscellaneous items are all of value, these are their precious possessions. Throwing away these items will feel like the ultimate betrayal to the individual and immediately make the person defensive and upset, worsening the situation. It is necessary to be patient and gentle with the individual for the best results. Setting aside judgement and acknowledging that a deeper issue is present will make it easier on both the hoarder and yourself.

Begin by educating yourself about the hoarding condition. A better understanding of hoarding will make it easier for you to address the individual and his/her habits. Try to convince the hoarder to seek help, physical and psychological. Having the person on board with the idea of external help is a crucial step towards overcoming hoarding. Finding a qualified, objective 3rd party to facilitate the situation can help to make more progress and minimize unnecessary conflict.

Don’t forget about your needs as well. In some situations, couples therapy can be beneficial to mending the relationship. The hoarding habits affect everyone – the hoarder and those in his/her life. An expert can aid in breaking down the issue and coming up with solutions with less friction. The way to overcome hoarding-related relationship problems is to overcome the overall hoarding problem. Your significant other is your partner and it is crucial for both parties to work together in order to stay together. It is okay to also seek the help of others if both of you are finding it difficult to work things out alone. Mental health professionals specializing in hoarding and relationships can help add some insight and advice to help you both overcome hoarding and strengthen your relationship. If the physical cleanup is difficult for you to address together, consider Address Our Mess, a professional hoarding cleanup service. Compassionate case managers and crews are providing help to those in need, cleaning up properties and helping to alleviate hoarding challenges.

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Sentimental Clutter

September 27th, 2016 by

Letting Go of Sentimental Items

sentimental clutterOld drawings and crafts from children who are now grown, past Hallmark cards from various celebrations, trinkets that belonged to a long passed relative, and other miscellaneous items are piling up within your home and collecting dust. Many people retain items due to their sentimental value. These items are associated with good times and figures that have passed in and out of the individual’s life, so there is an emotional connection to the item that brings back fond memories. There is a way to decrease the sentimental clutter without completely purging your life of these items and memories.

First, it is important to understand why people keep acquiring and maintaining these sentimental trinkets. Here are a few general reasons for sentimental clutter:

  • A loved one gave you the item(s)
  • Your children created it
  • It belonged to a deceased loved one
  • It brings back fond memories of special events or people
  • You made or bought it during a significant period in your life

Whatever the reasoning behind keeping that macaroni artwork or those concert ticket stubs, it is still possible to limit the amount of items while simultaneously maintaining the respect and joy for the memories associated with these knickknacks.

In order to begin, it is necessary to learn to let go. When a loved one passes, for example, you may hold onto numerous items that belonged to them or items they gave you in order to keep them close to your heart and on your mind. Though these are good intentions, it can actually be more harmful than beneficial. Holding onto the past is not healthy and may prevent you from living in the present. It is possible to remember the individual or period in time without making them the sole focal point in your existence. It is not necessary to hold onto all or at least most of their possessions. You can let go of items without “letting go” of the memory.

Take a moment to review these valuable tips to help you part with excess items:

  • Take some time to evaluate if the item is practical or if it is just taking up space in your home and in your life. Chances are that collection of birthday cards since you were 8 years old is not going to serve you any purpose, nor will you even notice these cards often unless they begin to act as obstacles. Take your time when going through this process so you can really evaluate if you actually need the item or even want it anymore.
  • Discard duplicates. Did your favorite aunt give you a teddy bear every year for your birthday? There’s no need to keep the entire collection in order to preserve her memory, but rather keep your favorite bear or the one with the most precious memory associated with it.
  • Consider the space available. If your shelves are too full, it is time to take action and free up some space. Do you have space on the walls? Frame and hang up some of your favorite pictures rather than leave them forgotten in a dark box.
  • How long has it been since you looked at or used the item? Have you forgotten about it until you randomly tripped over it one day? Are you embarrassed to display it or have negative connotations with the item? If the object is something you really don’t even regard, like, or remember its general existence, it is time to let it go.
  • Get creative! If you really must keep many of those childhood drawings, make an album to organize and display them in a neat, mature manner. Take artistic photographs of items you love but have no space for so you can decorate your home without cluttering it. Think of creative methods to keep the items in mind and on display without overcrowding your property.

Holding onto an overabundance of objects is not the best method to hold onto those warm, fuzzy feelings. Let go of that safety blanket the items have turned into for you. If your collection has become too overwhelming for you to go through yourself, enlist some help. Friends and family can help go through items with you and share the memories while helping declutter your home. More extreme clutter cases can be handled by a professional company. Address Our Mess is able to help you clean up clutter. We understand and respect that this is an emotional process, and we are readily available to compassionately and efficiently work side-by-side with you in order to pick and choose items you want to keep and to remove items that are ready to go.

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5 Tips for Understanding Hoarding

August 17th, 2016 by

Tips For Helping Hoarders

Tips For HoardersHoarding behavior can be puzzling to many. People may wonder how individuals with hoarding behavior can continue such a lifestyle and habits that produce various difficulties such as physical dangers, social isolation, emotional turmoil, and financial concerns. Hoarding behavior does not originate because people are “slobs” or “lazy” but rather occurs due to psychological components, whether from the Compulsive Hoarding Disorder or another mental condition that may have hoarding behavior as a symptom. Not only does hoarding involve acquiring an excess amount of items, but it also involves finding it difficult to discard such items. Whether you or someone you know is seeking help for a hoarding situation, here are some tips to understanding hoarding:

  1. Be aware that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Though an average person may view some items as valueless, people with hoarding behavior feel there is value associated with the items. These said people may have difficulty distinguishing an item of value from one without, and may retain items such as impractical trinkets or trash items.
  2. Know that these individuals may have a strong attachment to their belongings. There may be sentimental reasoning behind each item or simply having owned the item for a long time, a connection to the item has developed. The stronger the attachment to the item, the more difficult (and even painful) it can be to part with it.
  3. Don’t associate hoarding behavior with a particular “type” of person; there isn’t a specific profile to a “hoarder.” Anyone can have hoarding behavior, regardless of social class, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, etc.
  4. Understand that hoarding can impact everyone. Hoarding conditions can produce various dangers (physical, mental, emotional, financial, social, etc.) which can affect the individual who is hoarding as well as others. People living with an individual who is hoarding may develop resentment towards the person and their predicament. Communities may be affected by odors or pests that do not stay within the hoarding boundaries. Emergency personnel may even be harmed in an attempt to assist inhabitants of a hoarding home during an emergency situation.
  5. Try to be patient, empathetic, and compassionate. Be patient when approaching an individual with hoarding behavior and try to put yourself in their shoes to understand their behavior and how they feel. Try not to judge and avoid hostility as it will only make the situation worse and potentially close the individual off to help.

The first step to resolving a hoarding situation is to begin with education about hoarding behavior. Having an understanding of what hoarding is and how individuals who hoard think and behave is crucial to be able to properly help. The tips above will help you begin to develop an understanding of hoarding in order to better prepare you to address a hoarding situation. If you intend to approach a family member, friend, or client about his/her hoarding habits, Address Our Mess recommends viewing our Hoarding Help Guide prior to discussion in order to know what to say (and what to avoid) in order to be more effective in your approach. In addition to knowledge, outlets that can help resolve hoarding include therapists, social workers, support groups, hoarding task forces, and specialty cleaning services, such as Address Our Mess. Equipped with a better understanding of hoarding and available local resources, you and your loved ones will be able to overcome hoarding and restore property conditions.

Valet Trash Services

July 22nd, 2016 by

Professional Valet Trash

Multiple dumpsters, long walks to the dumpster lugging heavy, rotten garbage, taking time out of an already busy day to dispose of waste – it gets old quick, and eliminating such an arduous chore. Address Our Mess is offering valet trash pickup services to help both property managers and residents.

Property Managers

Address Our Mess is at your service. With years of experience in the field of hoarding and clutter cleanup, Address Our Mess has the necessary certifications and training to offer suitable valet trash services. Our crew members are able to go door to door throughout apartment complexes and living communities to collect and dispose of garbage. We provide our own dumpster, eliminating the need for multiple dumpsters on site. Property managers can save costs of expensive dumpsters my minimizing the number to a single dumpster. Our services will make it easier for you to maintain the property by removing dumpster areas that can develop disgusting conditions such as foul odors, pests, and unattractive conditions.


Residents

Valet TrashTenants may be busy with their own lives and don’t want to deal with extra tedious chores, but valet trash services can relieve the burden, making life a bit easier. Address Our Mess’s crew members have all passed background checks, training, and have extensive experience. Our trusted employees are able to attend to your trash disposal needs. Each day our team will arrive, collecting garbage throughout the residential property and hauling it to our own dumpster. Upon completion, we can remove the loaded dumpster and properly dispose of the garbage. Your residential district will be maintained allowing you to reside in a clean, appealing location without the hassle of having to labor over maintaining immaculate conditions yourself.

Benefits of our valet trash services include:

  • Less dumpsters on site so more available property space for use
  • New dumpster every day to maintain a cleaner area; no more rancid smells or unsightly view of overflowing dumpsters laying around
  • Residents will no longer need to hike over to far dumpster locations to personally dispose of their own garbage
  • Property managers save money due to less dumpsters
  • Address Our Mess is properly certified and trained, ensuring a professional, timely, and effective trash disposal
  • Recycle and provide eco-friendly services

If dumpsters and trash disposal systems are not working as efficiently as you would have hoped, Address Our Mess has a solution. Our valet trash services provide professional door-to-door trash pickup services that can not only remove the trash but also remove inconveniences, such as lugging full trash bags to dumpsters, dealing with overflowing dumpsters, and extensive expenses involved with property garbage maintenance and disposal procedures. Improve your property maintenance experience with Address Our Mess’s valet trash services.

The Dark Side of Hoarding: Depression and Its Relation to Hoarding

May 26th, 2016 by

Hoarding DepressionCompulsive hoarding condition and clinical depression are two mental conditions, but other than being conditions that affect the mind, some may question, what is the correlation between the two? Someone with depression may exhibit hoarding tendencies, and someone with a hoarding condition may become depressed.

Clinical depression is a condition that is characterized by feelings of sadness and worthlessness for extended periods of time ranging from days to years on end. In addition to feeling depressed, clinical depression generally is accompanied by other signs:

  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of pleasure in things/activities that used to be enjoyed
  • Feelings of hopelessness and solitude

With these feelings, an individual may be unmotivated to almost anything: from hanging out with friends and family to even getting up in the morning. Do to this lack of motivation, an individual suffering from clinical depression may be less inclined to maintain a clean environment. With little ambition to pick up after themselves, the untouched mess may gradually build up over time, developing into the equivalent of a hoarding home.

Comparable to people with depression, those with a hoarding condition may also experience similar symptoms, such as lack of energy, feelings of hopelessness, problems eating and sleeping, negative thoughts, etc. Hoarding can occur for various reasons. Here are some examples, to name a few:

  • Belief that items will someday be useful.
  • Emotional attachment to items.
  • Fear of throwing away items rather than the desire to collect more.

The clutter will continue to grow, diminishing livable conditions. In more extreme cases, the hoarding home may include biohazards, such as human fecal matter, in addition to the clutter. Studies show that people surrounded by clutter experience increased feelings of anxiety and a decrease in focus and productivity. The stress of an overly cluttered home can be overwhelming and produce feelings of hopelessness and mental/physical exhaustion.

Though the hoarding disorder and clinical depression are not the same mental condition, they do have relevance to one another. Both conditions can coincide, as a person who is depressed may develop a hoarding problem or vice versa. If you or someone you know is showing signs of depression or a hoarding condition, it is important to seek the appropriate help. Mental health professionals are a good source to turn to in order to address the mental aspects of either condition. These professionals will be able to help ease the mental burden and bring the individual closer to a happier life. If the individual has developed an overwhelmingly cluttered home, professional specialty cleanup services such as Address Our Mess, are able to confront the clutter and safely and efficiently clean the residence. It is important to seek professional assistance as soon as possible in order to address the condition and avoid any harm to the individual and/or anyone involved with the person.

Killer Clutter: Fire Hazards of Hoarding

April 5th, 2016 by

Fire Damage Hazards From Clutter

Burning ClutterClutter can kill. Clutter doesn’t actually personify and attempt its own version of The Shining, but many dangers can coincide with the household disorder. One major concern is the danger of fire hazards. A home will not spontaneously combust, but flammable objects, obstructed electrical sources, chemicals, and other hazards could put a home at risk for a flaming end.

Not only can a chaotic mess in the home be the cause of a fire, the objects can actually impair any efforts to put the fire out or for evasion. The homeowner may be at risk and have difficulty escaping a home. Walking through the home on a normal basis may seem manageable, but during a fire it will not be so easy. The home will be dark due to the smoke, so visibility will be limited. Without the ability to see, the residents will be unable to properly maneuver around obstacles and escape. If a fire suddenly occurs in the middle of the night when the residents are asleep, the individuals will be quickly forced into consciousness and must hastily take action, which will be difficult with dark, suffocating conditions.

Not only will visibility be compromised, but maneuverability will be too. An excessive amount of possessions runs the risk of collapsing at any given point in time. With the addition of flames eating away at support, objects may fall and obstruct any available pathways or even fall on top of and injure people. Flammable objects can also add to the flaming maze and trap individuals.

Firefighters are here to help, but these brave men and women cannot properly come to the aid of the distressed if there are complications holding them back. The household clutter can block the residents from exiting and can also block the firefighters from entering a home. The delay will take precious time away from their efforts to save the victims; time that could be the difference between life and death.

Firefighter HazardsIf firefighters are able to eventually make it into the home, their lives are now at risk. Being a firefighter is a dangerous career as is and does not need other factors to add to the danger. While in the unfamiliar environment, the firefighters are also blinded by the smoke and piles of objects make it difficult to progress through the residence. In addition to possible falling objects, the structure of the home itself is at risk for deterioration, as clutter could have initially weakened the structure that the flames are finishing off.

Don’t let your home be a fire hazard. Minimize household clutter, and maintain open escape routes. Discard of unnecessary paper materials such as old mail, newspapers, magazines, and anything else that is no longer needed. Ensure outlets and cooking areas are free of obstructing, flammable objects. If a hoarder is residing in the household, it is important to alert firefighters so they are aware of the situation before it becomes a life-threatening one. If the home is too chaotic to handle individually, call professional services, such as Address Our Mess, to assist with cleanup efforts. Sustaining living conditions pardoned of clutter will help to maintain the well-being of the household residents and anyone who enters the dwelling, as well.

Hoarder or Not?

February 17th, 2016 by

Hoarding ScopeSome individuals enjoy maintaining an immaculate environment while for others, cleaning is more of a dreary and taxing task. There are people who live the life of a minimalist and others who are considered extreme hoarders. If you are having trouble distinguishing the condition of your home or that of someone you know, this guide makes it possible to determine where on the hoarding scope someone falls:

The average person has a relatively orderly household. A few items scattered around do not make a hoarder. A perfectly immaculate home does not need to be the standard but general qualities of an uncluttered home include:

  • Doors, windows, pathways are accessible.
  • Necessary plumbing, electrical, appliances, HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) are functioning properly
  • No pest problem is evident
  • Any animals within the home are able to be properly cared for and meet legal standards
  • Rooms are able to be utilized for their intended purposes.

If the home is a little less organized and maintained than the standard description, there may be a clutter concern. A home that is cluttered, but not too extreme, may exhibit some of these traits:

  • There is some clutter around exits, entrances, and pathways
  • An HVAC, appliance, plumbing, is not fully functioning
  • Clutter may be restricting room functions
  • Inconsistent household cleaning and organization

After the level of clutter, the next level reaches hoarding proportions. Hoarding situations can vary in degree, depending on the individual situation. The mild level of hoarding may include:

  • Clutter piling up
  • Pathways, doorways, and/or windows are obstructed
  • Little to no structural damage
  • Broken appliances
  • Rooms’ intended functionality is restricted

Now, if the hoarding situation extends beyond these symptoms, the situation starts to reach more critical levels. When the hoarding becomes serious, some symptoms that may be exhibited include:

  • Mounds of clutter throughout the home
  • HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc. failure
  • Fire hazards due to blocked outlets and/or flammable materials
  • Broken and duplicate appliances
  • Pet odor and/or visible waste is present
  • Structural damage
  • Vermin infestation

Finally, hoarding can even extend to extreme and life threatening conditions. These situations need to be addressed as soon as possible to minimize/prevent injuries and even death. Homes that have reached such extreme measures will include such conditions:

  • Masses of clutter taking over the home
  • Exits and pathways blocked by mounds of clutter
  • Fire hazards due to stacking and flammable materials (i.e. hazardous materials or chemicals)
  • Inability to utilize intended room purposes
  • Broken/unusable appliances, HVAC, etc.
  • Extreme structural damage that can result in injury
  • Extreme vermin infestation
  • Animal hoarding – the animals have reached quantities and conditions in which they are unable to receive proper care and nutrition, leaving their safety and lives at risk
  • Animal and/or human feces, urine, vomit, blood, or other bodily fluids are present
  • Expired/rotting food

Upon reviewing the levels and conditions, it is possible to establish whether or not you or someone you know is a hoarder and to what degree. For common household maintenance concerns, keeping up with general housekeeping should maintain a sanitary standard. When levels reach that of a clutter or hoarding situation, it’s time to call in the professionals. Address Our Mess is highly-trained and qualified to assist with clutter and hoarding clean ups. Our professional staff is able to work with the residents in order to efficiently complete the cleanup and restore a home to livable standards while simultaneously maintaining respect and compassion for the individuals involved.

Costly Clutter

January 20th, 2016 by

Many people have a little clutter here and there but in some households clutter can be a real problem. Obstructing pathways and masking surfaces, threatening to trip and injure anyone present, and adding stress and chaos to life are just a few examples of negative impacts clutter produces. One additional factor of clutter that may not often be considered is the cost. Clutter can actually be costly, adding to financial concerns of the homeowner.

Some costs of clutter include:

  • Cost of living space
  • Extra storage
  • Shopping expenses
  • Lost/damaged items
  • Late fees
  • Health expenses

Costly ClutterClutter can cost you by taking up valuable space. If a room is filled with boxes, bags, and miscellaneous items, it is not being used to its full potential. Therefore, you end up paying more for the residence than what you actually utilize. If you want to know the numbers, it is possible to calculate the cost of lost home space by dividing the monthly cost of your residence by the square footage. This will produce the value of your property per square foot. Additionally, if your clutter is spilling out of your home and requires extra storage, this is another expense. The cost of storage can add up and the more storage you need, the more you are going to have to pay.

The costs of the items acquired will add up. Shopping may be your therapy or you may just feel the need for the latest gadgets and gizmos out there, regardless of if you actually use everything you acquire. Each item tallies up and unnecessary shopping expenses will only hurt your wallet and take over your home.

When a residence has clutter scattered about, it can be easy to lose items among the assortment of belongings. Lost items can result in the purchase of duplicate items, tacking on additional dollar signs. Important documents can also disappear in piles of paper and items. If a bill or invoice is buried in clutter, it can be possible to miss payments, resulting in late fees and/or penalties. This can be damaging to your wallet and your credit score, which will cost you when it comes to future interest rates.

An abundance of clutter may also produce unsanitary conditions. These unsanitary conditions can produce bacteria and pathogens, vermin, and illnesses. With these factors, the health of all household residents is at risk. Illnesses, respiratory problems, and injuries are just a few potential health risks that can occur, decreasing your well-being while increasing your bill.

Clutter does not solely make a home unattractive with the chaos and disorder, but it can also hurt your wallet. Costs of belongings will add up and the additional damages, storage rates, fees, and health hazards can continue to increase expenses. Professional cleaning services, such as Address Our Mess, can alleviate clutter concerns by restoring the property and, along with it, peace of mind.

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