Hoarding cleanup services are generally available when a person who tends to hoard items is ready to begin organizing or downsizing. However, when depression is involved, it is common to see large amounts of trash and debris in the home. Visually, these areas are disturbing. From a cleanup standpoint, however, these homes are generally much easier and faster to cleanup up. Here are some ways to assist in hoarding cleanup services where severe depression is involved.
Many people who are depressed and hoard have homes with similarities. It is common to see fast food bags and drinks, microwave dinners, overflowing trash, alcohol cans, wine bottles, and other items that aren’t being collected, but aren’t being thrown away. When these are present, it is very common to see gnats, flies, sewer flies, roaches, spiders, and even mice and rats inside the home. In order to begin the cleanup, you must be safe and acquire the appropriate safety items. If available, you should consider wearing a biohazard suit with built-in hoodie and booties during the cleanout phase. Wear disposable gloves and tape the gloves to the sleeves of the biohazard suit. Then, put on latex-coated work gloves (if you aren’t allergic to latex) over the disposable gloves for additional grip. If you’ve completed a fit test and medical evaluation, consider wearing a half-faced or full-faced respirator. If you haven’t, wear at least a disposable surgical mask and change it often. Wear a set of steel-toed work boots or rubber boots over the booties.
Hoarding Cleanup Trash Accumulation
Get multiple rolls of 45 – 55 gallon trash bags. Start at one end of the room and work slowly in one direction, filling each bag up more more than 75% full. If wine bottles are in the room, you may need to reduce the bag to 25% full, as the weight of empty glass can be prohibitive to carry and transport. Get a hard plastic container to place broken glass and other sharp items in. Once the bag reaches it’s maximum level, tie the bag and remove the bag from the room (preferably outside of the home). If you must leave it inside the room, clear an areas of the floor, place it on the bare floor, and continue to add additional bags until the room is complete.