Knowing where to start can during a hoarder clean up can be challenging. Here is a check list to help get you on the right track:
Asses the area and create a to do list. There are many tasks to complete when doing a hoarder’s cleanup. These include rubbish removal, organization, and cleaning. We recommend starting with basic rubbish removal, as it will make the environment more pleasant almost immediately. Things like expired medicines and food, empty bottles and boxes, or anything else that might be unsanitary are clear to be discarded.
Next, decide which room to de-clutter first. This is usually a matter of personal preference, and shouldn’t be dwelt on for too long. If you’re having trouble, a good place to start might be the room you use the most, or the room that needs the least amount of work. Start small, and work your way up.
Create a staging area to sort through items. Set up boxes or clear plastic bags labeled “keep”, “sell”, “donate”, “discard”, and “to be decided”. Try to keep the TBD stuff to a minimum. Anything labeled “keep” should be organized immediately, or repurposed into another box. Anything that can’t be sold should be donated.
Repeat these steps for each room and you’ll be on your way to a happy, clutter free home. Remember, focusing on small areas at a time is a lot less overwhelming than trying to clean a whole house, and prevents the churning of items from room to room. It is also the best way to see results. Take before and after pictures, so you can document progress.
If you need help getting things done, contact Hoarders911. Our cleaning crew has been tactfully transforming homes and giving people the tools they need to regain control of their lives for over 2 decades. For more information on our services, visit our website.