Written by Russel Fitzjohn on December 13, 2023

Downsizing Strategies To Prevent Hoarding Relapse After Cleanout

Hoarding stems from complex psychological roots, and removing clutter proves to be temporary without ongoing support. As junk-hauling professionals frequently serving hoarding households, Super Junk advocates sensitive long-term decluttering strategies. Understanding what perpetuates hoarding helps prevent relapse after intensive cleanouts.

Start By Trying To Understand Hoarding Disorder

Approach hoarding as a serious mental health disorder, not a lifestyle choice. Sufferers excessively collect random items which appear as valueless trash and clutter to others. But convincing reasons and intense emotions attach hoarders to possessions. Also, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and traumatic past events often enable hoarding behaviours.

Develop a Plan of Action To Help the Hoarder Clean Up

Since no identical hoarding situation exists, create an organized action plan catered to the individual. Note specific hoarding behaviours like food hoarding or obsessive paper clutter accumulation. Pinpoint the triggers that are causing angst when separating from items. Identify health hazards like blocked pathways or rotting garbage posing safety risks which require urgent removal. Approach decluttering gradually, allowing hoarders time to process emotions tied to belongings.

Start Slow, Ease Into the Decluttering Process

Resist pushing overly zealous cleanouts, which further distress hoarders. Make living spaces functional by clearing access routes first. Briefly sort surface clutter into keep, sell, or donate piles, starting with obvious trash. Suggest taking photos of sentimental items, then recycling paper piles. Limit daily decluttering sessions to prevent emotional exhaustion while celebrating small victories. With support, hoarders gain skills and confidence to make ongoing organizational progress.

Let the Hoarder Make the Final Decisions

Prevent power struggles over possessions, which exacerbate hoarding defensiveness. Though health risks prompt intervention, hoarders must ultimately direct what gets removed from their homes. Raise concerns over safety hazards but allow hoarders control within reason. Respect when to temporarily stop sorting certain areas if hoarders get overly upset. Provide organizational tips, but let hoarders decide what solutions work best for their mindset.

Super Junk Can Help Remove the Junk Caused By Clutter and Hoarding Behaviours

Our compassionate junk-hauling specialists help hoarding households through safe, ethical cleanouts and offer ongoing decluttering support. We understand the challenges of living with hoarding disorder and can assist in establishing sustainable organizational habits. Contact Super Junk to clear excessive clutter responsibly while respecting clients’ mental health needs. Let our non-judgmental team remove the heavy lifting so hoarders can begin rebuilding cleaner, healthier living environments.

Article written by 
Russel Fitzjohn

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