Signs Your Loved One is a Hoarder

Excessive clutter in a home is a clear sign of hoarding. There’s nothing wrong to becoming attached to the everyday items in your life, but sometimes things can go too far. If you or someone you know faces unreasonable stress or anxiety at the prospect of being separated from the objects they surround themselves with, they could be a hoarder. Read on to find out how you can help them with Enviropure.

The Nature of Hoarding

Hoarding is the product of a perfectly natural predisposition to become attached to objects. Everyone is familiar with a sentimental attachment to an everyday thing. Maybe a necklace that was handed down to you, maybe a book that has meant a lot to you, maybe a car you love. We all have experience developing feelings of attachment to the things in our lives.

There are many kinds of hoarders. While the different things they are typically attached to change, what unites them is the fact that they cannot help but become attached to the objects of their affection, and their attachments are intense.

If you lose a small object that had some kind of sentimental meaning, you experience feelings of loss. When a hoarder does, not only do they experience loss, but they experience the feeling at the expense of everything else. They can focus on nothing other than the fact that they are losing this thing, to the detriment of everything else going on in their lives. Getting it back or simply ruminating on their loss becomes the only thing going on in their minds, and everything else takes a back seat.

Is Your Loved One a Hoarder?

Most people think that hoarding looks like it does on TV. In many cases, this is true, but it isn’t always true. Hoarding takes a variety of different forms.

Consider, for example, the bibliophile hoarder type. These hoarders focus almost exclusively on hoarding reading material. Coming home daily with more and more books than could ever be read in a lifetime, but also things like documents, receipts, and anything else readable; these hoarders develop strong attachments to written material. Generally, their houses require visitors to navigate stacks and stacks of books, folders, and documents.

You can tell the difference between someone who is a hoarder and someone who, in this example, simply collects reading material by assessing their reaction to being separated from the thing that fascinates them.

If you try and take a single document away from a hoarder, they are going to fill with stress and anxiety that cannot be eased until they are reunited. Doing the same to a person of sound mind won’t.

How To Help an Ottawa Hoarder

A hoarder's home filled with clutter.Hoarders create environments that are hazardous to their health. Piles of junk act as breeding grounds for bacteria and injury is easy when exposed metals and plastics are lying all around the house. Helping a hoarder become comfortable with this environment being cleaned is one thing, but actually cleaning it is another.

If you or someone you know is living in a hoarding environment that needs cleaning, call Enviropure. We have the knowledge and experience of working with Hoarders that can make the process quick, and the compassion to make it easy. Learn more about our hoarding cleanup services.