Determining the Difference Between Hoarding and Clutter
To those unfamiliar with the hoarding condition, there may be a fine line between what is considered hoarding and what is considered as simple clutter. However, hoarding specialists have encountered various layers of the condition, creating distinct separations between some prone to cluttering and someone struggling with hoarding on an everyday basis.
Most households experience veritable stages of clutter. From simple piles of junk mail, books, and newly-purchased groceries, to small mounds of clean or dirty laundry, reusable shopping bags, and boxes. In some cases, a busy household may not have the time to properly sort and organize their belongings. Some others who deal with clutter may not be able to physically carry or lift items to their proper space.
Help with clutter clean up is a matter of organization, sorting, and patience. Address Our Mess offers a unique but simple process to organize clutter so people can reclaim their living spaces. Project Managers help clutterers sort and organize items into three categories: keepsakes, donations, and garbage. Keepsakes or collectibles are restored and returned to their proper place in the home. Usable but unwanted items are sent to a pre-determined charitable foundation. The donations are made in the family’s name while Address Our Mess transports the items to any location. Garbage and recyclables are properly and safely disposed and removed from the property.
Hoarding clean up is different on many levels. Hoarders tend to struggle with a mental condition that manifests itself into hoarding. While cluttering and hoarding differ, they share a striking similarity. Those with “messy” homes filled with clutter or hoards may be considered lazy. But laziness is typically not the reason for the mess. Whereas clutterers may not have the time or physical ability to straighten up, a hoarder’s state of mind plays a huge part in their condition.
Hoarding can range from large piles and mounds of items taking up entire rooms or living spaces all the way to animal hoarding or even squalor. Hoarding differs from clutter due to the sheer size of the mess. Hoards are gigantic and debilitate the quality of living for the hoarder. Structural damage often occurs in hoarding situations either due to neglect or the presence of critters and rodents.
Determining the different types of hoarding that are going on in a particular situation is key to a successful recovery effort. Hoarding items like food, garbage, waste, and bodily fluids can pose serious threats to the home’s inhabitants. Deep cleaning and sanitation is necessary to safely complete hoarding projects and to return the home back to its owners in a livable state. Either during the sanitation process or after it has been completed, hoarders are offered the same organization and sorting service as a clutter cleanup project.