When you go shopping, do you always purchase more than you intended to? Do some of your purchases sit untouched, never making it out of the box or having their tags removed? Is your home so cluttered that you can't readily find items that you use on a daily basis such as your purse, keys, or hairbrush? Have you tried to tidy up your home, but can't seem to do so because the thought of tossing out any of your possessions fills you with anxiety and/or dread? If so, you likely have a hoarding disorder, and it's time to call a junk removal service for help. Here's why.
Your Health Is At Risk
People with hoarding disorders often accumulate so many possessions that organizing it all becomes impossible. As a result, the accumulated items gradually take over every spare bit of floor and counter space available in the home. As walking room diminishes, the risk of a trip and fall increasesd, and the ability of rescue teams to enter the home and make their way to you in the event of injury becomes more difficult.
As a hoarding disorder progresses, so does the ability of a sufferer to keep their home sanitary. As kitchen counters and bathroom surfaces gradually succumb to storage space, the sufferer can no longer easily access fresh water when they need to. As a result, dishes stop being cleaned, counters stop getting wiped, and floors stop getting mopped. Once this happens, the home becomes susceptible to mold, mildew, dust, bacteria, and pests.
Your Family Is Stressed
If you have a hoarding disorder, your family is not only subject to all the health risks listed above, but they're also emotionally stressed by your condition. Research shows that children who grow up in the same house as someone with a hoarding disorder are less happy and have a more difficult time socializing and making friends than children who grow up in a home that is not affected by hoarding.
Because children have a difficult time understanding hoarding disorders, they feel frustrated, resentful, and angry toward parents who present the condition. Even as these children grow into adulthood, their relationship with their hoarding-affected parent is often strained.
Spouses of people with hoarding disorders feel equally frustrated. As sufferers of the condition hesitate to make any changes to better the condition of their homes, spouses often see divorce or separation as the only solution to restore normalcy to their lives. Spouses who divorce or separate people with hoarding disorders often feel obligated to seek custody of any children in the household in an effort to provide them with better living conditions.
You Could Lose Your Homeowners' Insurance
Because the homes of people who have hoarding disorders pose many safety hazards, your homeowners' insurance company has the right to cancel your coverage, should they find out that your home is in great disarray because of your condition. How could they find out? One way is through your filing of a claim. If your home ever sustains damage that absolutely must be repaired, you'll need to have an insurance adjuster come in and inspect the damage.
Another way your homeowners' insurance could find out about your hoarding tendencies is through a lawyer. If your city ordinance learns about your hoarding -- either by witnessing an abundance of stuff on your lawn or receiving reports from concerned neighbors -- their first step will be to try to work with you. They'll likely issue you a warning informing you that you must clean up your property within a set period of time.
If you don't respond to the warning, you face steep fines, and the possibility that your house will be condemned. If you don't pay the fines and/or refuse to leave your home after it is condemned, the city will take you to court, at which time their lawyer can and will contact your homeowners' insurance company to determine whether or not you are violating the terms of your policy. Why would they do this? If your lawyer can get your home insurance cancelled, then your house can be foreclosed on. Since their goal is to get you to leave your property, contacting your insurance company and getting your policy revoked works as an automatic win for them.
You're Far From Alone
As of 2013, hoarding was officially recognized as a mental disorder; between 6 million and 15 million people in the United States are affected by it. The condition is so prevalent, in fact, that many junk removal services now specialize in catering to the special needs of people with hoarding disorders. These companies understand that each and every thing in your home holds some kind of meaning and/or special value to you. They'll patiently work with you to sort through your belongings at your own pace, allowing you to make decisions on what to keep, what to donate, and what has been soiled to the point where it should be taken to the landfill.
If you think you might have a hoarding disorder and you're ready to recognize that it's time to get your house back in shape, contact a professional junk removal service, such as The Dump Guy, and inquire if they specializes in hoarder clean-ups. A qualified team will be happy to assist you in cleaning your home and restoring the health and wellness of you and your family.