Helping Someone Who Hoarders

Posted On
May 7, 2021

There are many ways on how to help someone with a hoarding disorder clean their home. Some people have gone through the trauma of having a house full of rubbish and find it hard to throw away the things they've accumulated over time. You can help a hoarder by donating your old junk or gently used items to charity in order to help them clean their home and get rid of the things that won't fit in their new home. You can also offer help in the form of donating your old items and do your part in making the environment safer for everyone by not putting trash anywhere it may be picked up by future generations. Here are a few tips on how to help someone with a hoarding disorder.


When you are trying to help someone with a hoarding disorder, the first thing you need to do is to make the home as livable as possible for the hoarder. Don't let them use the kitchen and instead of giving them food from the pantry; provide them with prepared home-cooked meals so they don't rely on food from the pantry only. It may seem like an odd way to help someone with a hoarding disorder but just like someone who is unorganized, a hoarder will also find it hard to organize his or her things if given a new place to stay, it will be difficult for them to maintain a clean home, much less one that's ready for guests.


When you are helping hoarders, remember that they have been deprived of everything they had hoped for in their lives. They've lost everything, even their freedom and happiness, and now their only solace is their stuff. Since you're there to help them, make sure that everything you collect from them is organized in an attractive and convenient manner and put them in labeled bags and boxes so they are easily accessible. Also, remember to keep track of what you give them so you know exactly what you're giving them. This may seem like a lot of work to do, especially if you don't really know what your hoarder needs, but it's all for the better so you can do your part and offer your help.

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