How To Declutter A Hoarder's Home
Are you familiar with the show “Hoarders”? This reality show was first aired on August 17, 2009. And for 6 seasons, it served as an eye-opener to most of us about the devastating effects of hoarding on the lives of both the victims and their loved ones.
Amidst all the clutter and mess, we really can’t blame the victim because they're suffering from a mental condition that causes them to collect items excessively, including things that can already be considered garbage.
The best way to deal with this condition is to provide proper treatment intervention for the victim and to help the hoarder get rid of the mess inside their home.
1. Understand The Condition
The first step in decluttering a hoarder’s home is to gently approach them and show a sincere expression of support by listening to them without judgment or discrimination.
As often shown in the TV series, hoarders tend to resist when they think you are throwing away things that they hold valuable.
So expect some form of retaliation from them.
What’s important is that you are now able to establish a rapport so you can make them realize how hoarding can lead to deplorable living conditions, can make them ill, and even cause a rift in their relationships with their loved ones.
2. Suggest Their Need To Ask Assistance
Proper communication is essential when dealing with a hoarder to establish trust. And once this is achieved, don’t hesitate to suggest their need to ask assistance in dealing with the hoarding issue.
By asking assistance, we mean their need to undergo hoarding treatment and the need to purge the hoard.
As previously mentioned, hoarders will still retaliate at this point as they don’t admit that there is an issue in the first place. So you need to be very patient until they are willing to work out the problem with you.
3. Plan Out The Decluttering Process With The Hoarder