Hoarding, We Can Help During the Recovery Process


Hoarder Cleanouts in Orange County

What compulsive disorder affects between 5 million and 14 million people in America? Hoarding. If a loved one or neighbor suffers from this mental disorder and through a licensed professional you are at the stage of removing articles from the home, OC Junk Hauling stands ready with experienced staff to respectfully assist in the hoarder clean out process.

Sure, you’ve seen the suffering hoarding creates during shows such as Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive. But, unless you’ve seen it up close and the turmoil of those involved, you haven’t felt it. We have and we respect being involved at the proper time of the recovery process.

After hoarding was defined in 2013 as a real mental disorder(5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), research and assistance increased. There are now psychiatrists, social workers, and even professional organizers to help concerned family & friends to positively confront the hoarder.

Therese Borchard writing in Psyche Central listed ten things you should know about hoarding. Much of the information was taken from the research of Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H and Jack Samuels, Ph.D. of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Two of them are important to note:

  1. Hoarding can be more about fear of throwing something away than about collection or saving. Thinking about discarding an item triggers anxiety in the hoarder, so she hangs on to the item to prevent angst.
  2. Many hoarders are perfectionists. They fear to make the wrong decision about what to keep and what to throw out, so they keep everything.

We Recycle As Much As Possible To Keep Our Earth Clean

This is where OC Junk Hauling can assist. Our process is to avoid “throwing things away” to a land fill. As a “green” proponent, we make every effort to recycle and upcycle items so they can still be useful to someone else. Among the recipients of our deliveries are Human Options, Illumination Foundation, Laura’s House and Goodwill Industries. That sometimes can make the hoarder feel better, that the possession, probably not useful to him/her, will find value with someone else.

It all starts with a phone call to OC Junk Hauling at 949-424-9265 where a compassionate staff member will work with you through a time line provided by your assisting licensed professional. We will not show up too early in the process. We can do a discrete on-site free no-obligation estimate. Then when given the green light to remove property, the OC Junk Hauling team will do it quickly, efficiently and with respect for the owner’s concerns.

Let us assist you in the healing process of your loved one or neighbor. Give OC Junk Hauling a call at 949-424-9265.