Point Checklist: How Much is Hoarding Affecting Your Life?

Point Checklist: How Much is Hoarding Affecting Your Life?

From cluttered spaces, limited mobility, and biohazardous materials, hoarding situations need to be addressed with a strong desire to help the individuals get their life back on track while understanding that hoarding is, in fact, a mental health condition. It deserves the attention and support from professionals to control and overcome it.

 

Bio-One is a professional cleaning company specializing in hoarding cleaning and clutter removal. Our certified technicians are trained to handle these sensitive situations, as we understand that dealing with hoarding is not easy and may be overwhelming.

Severely cluttered property. Photo credit: Bio-One of Poway.

How Much is Hoarding Affecting Your Life?

 

If you or someone you know, maybe a neighbor or a family member, are struggling with hoarding disorder, we urge you to reach out and get the needed help before it's too late. Here are some signs that may help you discover how much hoarding may be affecting their lives:

 

There is a constant difficulty throwing anything away, no matter how old or unused it may be.

 

Hoarders feel the need to save and keep piling up items, even if they don't seem to have a real purpose. This dangerous behavior typically results in severely cluttered areas and multiple health hazards.

The living space is cluttered to the point where it's difficult to move around or use rooms as intended.

 

Hoarding often restricts movement within the home and may even make some house areas completely unusable. The accumulation of clothing, books, magazines, food, and even animals creates a risk of accidental falls, fire, and damage to the house. It's also challenging to keep a clean and safe environment when there's so much clutter.

 

If you or someone you know needs help, consider hiring Bio-One's hoarding cleanup service to assist them in taking care of the situation.

Piles of garbage and debris. Photo credit: Bio-One of Poway.

The inability to keep up with basic cleanings, such as regularly doing laundry, dishes, or taking out the trash.

 

The cleanup process can be emotionally and physically overwhelming for someone struggling with hoarding. It can be difficult to let go of items, even if they are dirty or no longer helpful. A hoarder's home is usually cluttered and full of garbage, attracting rotten food, rodents, cockroaches, and other pests and dead animals and creating unsanitary living conditions.

 

The person's hobbies and interests fall by the wayside in favor of acquiring and holding onto things.

 

The person's hobbies and interests fall by the wayside in favor of acquiring and holding onto things. This can include material possessions but also may manifest as a need to be in control or to have power over others. The individual becomes fixated on what they have, and losing anything – even something as small as a favored trinket – can be experienced as a significant blow.

 

Must read: Is it Hoarding, Clutter, Collecting, or Squalor?

Piles of trash, empty boxes, and debris. Photo credit: Bio-One of Poway.

It's common for hoarders to feel ashamed of their reality.

 

Hoarding can lead to feelings of insecurity and anxiety, as well as paranoia and mistrust of others. The person may go to great lengths to protect their things or keep others from taking them away. In extreme cases, this may even lead to hoarding behavior.

 

The focus on acquiring and holding onto things can come at the expense of other aspects of the person's life. Their relationships may suffer as they become more isolated and withdrawn, and they may have trouble keeping a job or may constantly be in conflict with others.

Hoarding Disorder: When to Seek Professional Help

 

A few different approaches can be taken to treat hoarding disorder. The most crucial step is to seek professional help, as hoarders often need assistance in dealing with their condition.

 

One approach is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, which can help hoarders change their thought patterns and behaviors around acquiring and holding onto things. This type of therapy can be done in individual or group settings and often includes exposure and response prevention, which helps the hoarder slowly confront their fears and learn to let go of things.

Decluttered and clean property. Photo credit: Bio-One of Poway.

Another approach is medication, which can help treat the underlying anxiety and depression that may contribute to the hoarding behavior. Anti-anxiety medication, antidepressant medication, and mood stabilizers are often prescribed, though this is strictly under professional guidance

Decluttered and clean living room. Photo credit: Bio-One of Poway.

Hoarding Cleanup - How Bio-One Can Help

 

If you see any of these signs in yourself or someone you know, please reach out for help. 

 

Hoarding is a serious problem that can ruin lives and tear families apart. The good news is that there is help available. Bio-One is the leading hoarding cleanup company, and we are here to help you or your loved one get through the dangers and hazards associated with hoarding safely and effectively.

HELP FIRST, BUSINESS SECOND!

 

Bio-One is always ready to respond to unforeseen circumstances such as death, severe accidents, and hazardous situations. We provide industry-leading cleaning and restoration services in the following areas of San Diego County:

Recovery Services

 

  • Crime scene cleaning services

  • Blood and bodily fluids cleaning services

  • Suicide cleaning services

  • Homicide cleaning services

  • Unattended death cleaning services

  • Biohazard cleaning services

  • Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services

  • Mold remediation services

  • Odor removal services

  • Virus Disinfection services

  • Fentanyl cleaning services

  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services

  • Sewage backup cleanup services

  • Medical Waste disposal services

Hoarding Cleanup Services

 

  • Hoarding cleanup services

  • Animal hoarding cleaning

  • Junk removal

  • Deep cleaning 

  • Gross filth cleaning

  • Hazardous waste removal

  • Homeless encampment cleaning

Your Local Last Responder for Life's Most Difficult Situations

 

Bio-One is the finest choice for assisting victims and their families if a suicide, homicide, unattended death, crime scene, or traumatic situation occurs. In addition to emergency services, Bio-One, a locally-owned company, also offers biohazard cleanup services for commercial and residential properties.

 

We understand that biohazardous material can be a great source of stress for property owners, so we work quickly and efficiently to minimize the disruption it causes.

 

We collaborate with local law enforcement, neighborhoods, emergency services personnel, victim support organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment complexes, insurance company carriers, and others to provide the best service possible.

 

Proudly Serving San Diego County & Surrounding Communities

 

We proudly serve the following San Diego County, CA cities and surrounding communities: Cardiff, Del Mar, Descanso, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Julian, La Jolla, Lakeside, Mount Laguna, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, Santee, and Solana Beach.

Bio-One of Poway is a proud member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. We are available 24/7 to provide a trustworthy, reliable service. 

 

Our hoarding cleaning service is available for you or your loved one. We have the expertise and equipment necessary to remove and safely dispose of any clutter, debris, and garbage from your home or office. Give us a call at 858-261-4527. Bio-One is here for you.

Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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