Hoarding and Cleaning
Living with hoarding
Hoarding is where someone obtains large amounts of items and stores them usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value to others but mean the world to the individual.
Hoarding is considered a problem if:
• The amount of clutter interferes with everyday living – for example, the person is unable to use their kitchen or bathroom and cannot access rooms.
• The clutter causes distress or negatively affects the quality of a person’s life. They become upset if someone tries to clear the clutter and relationships can suffer.
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Reasons for hoarding
The reasons behind hoarding are not yet fully understood. However, it can be a symptom of other conditions. For example, someone with mobility problems may be physically unable to clear the huge amounts of clutter they have acquired, and people with learning disabilities or people developing dementia may be unable to categorise and dispose of items.
Mental health problems associated with hoarding include:
• severe depression
• psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia
• obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
In other circumstances, hoarding is a condition often associated with self-neglect. These people are more likely to:
• live alone
• be unmarried
• have had a deprived childhood, with either a lack of material objects or a poor relationship with other members of their family
• have a family history of hoarding
• have grown up in a cluttered home and never learned to prioritise or sort items
How hoarding disorders are treated
How hoarding disorders are treated It’s not easy to treat hoarding disorders, even when the person is prepared to seek help, but it can be overcome.
• The main treatment is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The therapist will help the person to understand what makes it difficult to throw things away and the reasons why the clutter has built up.
• Antidepressant medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have also been shown to help some people with hoarding disorders.
There are also services available to discuss options and support people that are ready to deal with hoarding.
Has housework gotten on top of you? Have you lost that motivation?
Use these simple steps to get back on track.
1. Start small – When things get on top of us, it is hard to look past the problem as a whole. Breaking it down in to manageable bits and creating a planner can make it easier and will have quick, obvious results.
2. Commit to one spot for a few days – Focus your efforts on that one surface or area to start off with. Notice how it becomes manageable and not time consuming.
3. Reward yourself – You have committed to cleaning one area, and you kept it clean. Praise yourself for the effort you put in.
4. Expand your reach – After a couple of days, look to widen the area. Bring in another manageable step from your planner.
5. Repeat – Repeating this process will ensure work is carried out. Staying on top of things will reduce the overall time to complete in the future. Once you have cleaned one room, there will be no stopping you!
If housework has become difficult to manage due to illness or frailty, then there are a number of services you can pay for that will help manage your property. Below is a list of services from around Stockport that carry out a number of duties.
Done & dusted: email@example.com 0161 491 4927
Maid4u: firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 427 9538
Kings maid domestic cleaning: email@example.com 0161 449 5843
Well-polished: firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 408 0200
Handy Ladies: email@example.com
Bright and beautiful: 0161 393 7623
Swift Kleen Services: 0161 442 7992
Poppies Domestic and commercial cleaning: 0161 300 4530