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What is Hoarding ?

Hoarding, in simple terms, is saving items in excess that others would easily throw away. It typically includes saving items such as plastic bags and newspapers.

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Hoarding vs. Collecting

Some people believe that the items they are keeping are collections. However, there is a distinct difference between hoarding and collecting.

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Hoarding Cleanup Process

Sorting and Recovery

This is the inventory step. We collect and catalog all valuable items to ensure that they remain safe and secure. .


Removal is the process of taking items from a hoarder’s home. The type of removal depends on the items found in the home.


Once we have inventoried or removed all items, then a deep cleaning is required. The extent of the cleanup is dependent on ...

Who are the Victims

Determining who hoarding victimizes can be difficult. For instance, the hoarder may not see themselves as a victim. However, their actions often isolate from them loved ones and other healthy relationships. Likewise, the family and friends of a hoarder suffer as well. As relationships are strained, it becomes difficult to help the ones they love. The stress from this often overwhelming.

When discussing those who usually suffer from hoarding effects, it’s important to remember that anxiety disorders can affect almost anyone. That said, here is a list of common characteristics of hoarders.

Health Concerns

There are several health concerns associated with hoarding. For instance, in senior citizens, hoarding often creates serious health concerns. Haphazardly placed items are always a safety risk because they can be tripped over or run into. When this happens, it causes bruising and even broken bones. Likewise, piles of items can be a fire risk as well, because of their placement and tendency to burn. Furthermore, the clutter can lead to uncleanliness, creating an opportunity for infection, rodents, and pests.

Ways to Help

If you believe that a loved is suffering from the effects of hoarding, don’t wait to seek professional help. It’s tempting to try and solve the issue alone, as most people often feel a sense of shame. At Fast Hoarding Cleanup, we understand the sensitivity required when dealing with this anxiety disorder. Let us help you and contact us today.


Cleanup efforts

Be prepared for animal (rats, mice, vermin) droppings and live animals running through the items and trash. Be careful of sharp objects and wear pants, long sleeves and gloves when cleaning.

Begin cleaning in small places like bathrooms and linen closets. Next, empty the refrigerator and remove perishables and opened boxes of food from the pantry. Separate clutter into four piles: “Keep,” “Donate,” “Trash” and “Recycle” to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Health impact

The effects of hoarding are harmful physically and mentally. Hoarding is harmful physically because rodents, cockroaches, rotting food and waste can carry a multitude of diseases.

An occupant can potentially contract a variety of communicable diseases, viruses or other health related problems. Occupants can also slip on clutter or clutter may fall on occupants. Be aware of your surroundings as you move around. Hoarding is harmful mentally because it can lead to family strain, conflicts and isolation.

Structural integrity

Structural integrity of the house can be jeopardized because of the weight of the clutter. Floors can collapse and liquids can clog pipes and cause decay. Mold and mildew can ruin furniture and decay walls.

A house filled with papers, boxes and clutter is also a fire hazard and often prevents medical emergency teams from accessing victims in need of help.

Types of Hoarding

Sadly, most people only think of hoarders as unclean persons who keep everything. However, this far from true. There several types of hoarding, and as mentioned before, the severity can have a wide range as well. Below is a list of items that some hoarders have been known to keep:

News Papers Hoarding

Because of its nature, it is possible in the cleanup of paper hoarding to recycle a majority of the items found. As with any situation, a careful inventory..

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Animals Hoarding

Animal hoarding is likely the most difficult to clean up. No matter what the situation, animal services have to be contacted to assist in the cleanup.

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Food Hoarding

Cleanup of food comes down to the type of food hoarded. Packaged food can be distributed to various food banks or organizations, depending on expiration dates of the items.

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Garbage hoarding

Garbage hoarding cleanup is dependant upon the situation. Garbage already placed in bags can typically be removed and taken to a local landfill.

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Shopping Hoarding

Cleaning a home with this type of hoarder could be the most time-consuming. There are a few options to consider at the beginning.

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Even though a person keeps these items, that may not necessarily mean they are hoarding them. The key factors to look for are an organized way of storing items and the anxiety attached to clearing them out. A person who establishes an unhealthy attachment to the things they hoard will also have a severe level of anxiety when forced with getting rid of it.



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