Strategies for Cleaning a Hoarder’s Home
Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers a few basic strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home. This job can be particularly challenging and feel overwhelming at the outset. If you’ve ever seen inside a hoarder’s home, you understand what we mean. These steps will help you organize the process and get the job done.
A few things that will be necessary or handy to have on hand include:
- Large Trash Bags
- Empty boxes and or buckets
- Cleaning Supplies (mops, sponges, wet wipes, brooms, dustpans, disinfectants, a vacuum, etc.)
- Set of Hand Tools
- Roll-off Dumpster
Set Up a Staging Area
There probably won’t be room indoors, so set up a place outside to start hauling things where you can more easily see and sort the items. Pay attention to the weather as this area may need to be covered if there is a chance of rain. You may also want to set up close to the dumpster rental, so items can be tossed right away and not revisited or picked through.
Pick a Small Room to Start
When it comes to strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home, the bathroom is a good place to start as most things will just be directly thrown away, and you won’t have to sort much. Plus, it makes for cleaning easier when you have access to water. Keep in mind that hoarder’s homes are not known for sanitary conditions, so you should think about wearing gloves or using other protective gear.
Empty All the Rooms
Start with the trash and just get it out of the way. Obvious trash as well as anything that is obviously broken or unusable. Be aware of what you can and can’t put in the roll-off container so that you can sort the items directly during this step. Always check pockets of clothing and old purses as you might find jewelry, cash, or something else small and valuable.
Sort the Salvageable Items
There will probably be at least some items that can still be used. Decide what you want to keep and what you plan to donate. Again, keep in mind the types of items that your local charity accepts so that you can properly sort during this step. A lot of items may need to be thoroughly cleaned before use so make sure whatever you’re keeping is cleanable.
Repair and Clean
Once you get the rooms emptied out, you can more easily make any repairs to the home that are needed, even dispose of appliances, carpet, drywall and fixtures using the dumpster if they can’t be salvaged. Then you can deep clean every nook and cranny to make the home usable and livable once more. Be sure to properly disinfect everything since mold, mildew, and bacteria are bound to be hiding amongst all the mess.
These strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home are sure to help you organize a plan of attack. This is a big job, and sometimes a tough one, but once it’s done, you will be proud of the accomplishment. A roll-off container from Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver is the perfect tool to easily get rid of the mounds of trash you might find. Give us a call today to get started.