If you have a friend or family member who is a hoarder, you know that it can be a difficult and frustrating situation. The hoarder may not be able to see the problem, or may be in denial about the severity of the issue. As a friend or family member, you want to help, but you may not know how.
Here are some tips on how to help a friend or family member who is a hoarder:
- Be patient and understanding. It can be difficult to watch a loved one struggle with hoarding, but it is important to be patient and understanding. Remember that hoarding is a mental disorder, and it will take time and patience to help the person to overcome it.
- Avoid judgment. It is important to avoid judgment when talking to a hoarder. Do not make them feel bad about their disorder, as this will only make the situation worse.
- Offer help and support. One of the best things you can do is offer help and support. Let the hoarder know that you are there for them, and offer to help with the cleanup process.
- Be respectful of their belongings. Even though the hoarder’s belongings may seem worthless to you, they are likely very important to the hoarder. Be respectful of their belongings, and do not throw them away without permission.
- Seek professional help. If the hoarder is willing to seek professional help, there are many resources available. Therapists, support groups, and professional organizers can all help to make the process of decluttering and organizing easier.
If you have a friend or family member who is a hoarder, these tips can help you to support them through the process of overcoming their disorder. In addition, JunkDoctorsNJ can help with the cleanup process. We are a professional junk removal company that specializes in helping hoarders declutter and get their homes back in order. We are compassionate and understanding, and we will work with you to create a plan that meets your unique needs. Contact us today 973-336-8083 to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one.