The phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” speaks to the fact that an item that may be useless to you can be a prized possession to another. You’ve probably also been asked if you’re a “glass half-full or a glass half-empty” person. Your ability to see the world in a certain way is the product of your upbringing, experiences, social customs, and the state of your mental health.
People with compulsive hoarding complex don’t have the capacity to determine if something is important or not based on their experiences and beliefs; they believe everything is important. They exhibit anxiety, poor social skills, procrastination, and avoidance in their attempt to contain their world to their home, often shutting out friends and loved ones. If you suspect a hoarding situation in Denver, CO, here are three signs to look for:
- Collecting Items of Little or No Value. It’s one thing to be a collector of items that interest you, but hoarders take it to an extreme level, often spending much more than they can afford on items to have a “complete” collection. From this spawns the need to collect items that have no value such as empty containers, newspapers or magazines, broken items, and sometimes pets. This can lead to dangerous living situations as the house fills up with items that can cause bacteria and mold to grow
- Attachment to Useless Items. Hoarders often attach great value to items that are useless, damaged, or broken. To them it may represent a happier time in their life, or they believe there will come a day they can use the item again. As the hoarding increases, they no longer can distinguish the difference between a playbill from the theatre they went to long ago from the wrappers from the hamburgers from last night’s dinner. Everything has an attachment that is warped by their compulsive disorder
- Inability to Discard Items. Because they cannot discern items of importance from trash, they become almost paralyzed with fear when it comes to getting rid of anything. It can be very difficult to convince them to allow for cleanup of the hoarded items, and it can be very frustrating
ServiceMaster DSI provides hoarding cleanup for residents in Denver, CO who have been affected by hoarding to help bring their homes back to safe and livable conditions. Our trained technicians understand the unique needs of a person with this unusual illness and can help with the process of organizing, sorting, and decluttering the home. If needed, we can provide resources for mental health officials and state and local authorities for proper disposal of items. Finally, we can help rebuild and restore the home if it has suffered structural damage from the hoarding.
For professional, reliable, and compassionate hoarding cleanup in Denver, CO, contact us at (720) 452-2842.