Hording Cleanup and Information


I never really know what to charge for hoarding cleanup because much of the expense encountered hoarding cleanup relates to distance to the hoarding cleanup site and other conditions. I'd like to say it will cost "$30 an hour" 41 hoarding cleanup practitioner like myself. But many people do not want a solo hoarding cleanup practitioner because they want to get the job done quickly. There are reasons for wanting to get the job quick plea done.

One reason the went the job done overnight, is because someone will reside in the home during hoarding cleanup. They do not want to be disturbed anymore and absolutely necessary.

Another reason for wanting hoarding cleanup job done overnight, is that the hoarding family may need to rent a very large waste been in park in front of their home or, and preferably, in the driveway. In such cases they with the job quickly because the trash bin, the waste bin, cost money to keep in after a designated time, the hoarding family will be charged for an additional week or so.

Still, another reason to want to get the hoarding cleanup job over with as quickly as possible, if not overnight, is that there are health issues involved in the Los Angeles County health department orange County health Department has determined that the property can no longer be occupied so long as the hoarding conditions continue.

Hoarding is a bad habit, not crazy - -

We don't need a psychologist to point out to us that are hoarding results from a few misplaced ideas about how to get through her day. Let's take a look at a few of these ideas so that we get off on the right foot to stop in our hoarding so that we don't have to do hoarding cleanup work ever again:

  • We get the idea that rather then place something where it belongs now, we can place it nearby and continue with our business and find it later.
  • We get the idea that everything is sacred to us and that we do not want to throw anything away, at least not until we thought about it some more and found a new place for it.
  • We hesitate when it comes to throwing something out or putting it away and before long it's clutter, and clatter buildup means "hoarding."
  • We get used to having stuff around and after your, for most purposes, it's clutter, and being hoarded.
  • We find ourselves arguing for keeping an item when we should be arguing that it will become clutter and add to our growing clutter causing us to become a greater order.

Hoarding often means storing goods that will never use or use once and then retain for many years if not the rest of our lives. Hoarding behavior is not so unlike animals that accumulate food for survival. The difference is that we human beings accumulate stuff and then hoarded even though will never use it.


When humans hoard the may hoard because of civil unrest because of natural disasters or wars. People will hoard foodstuffs, water, and for sure, in Cypress they will hoard gasoline because without gasoline, there's no way to get around Southern California. Before long ethical and moral issues begin to arise as people hoard goods for their own survival. Sometimes people will hoard stuff because they fear it will run out and it's not a necessity. I refer to my first year of marriage when news of toilet paper shortage in California was reported in the evening news. My wife and I made a line straight to the supermarket and bought probably toilet paper we could buy. We felt guilty while standing in line and I'm sworn to this date to never follow that line of reasoning again.

Behind hoarding behavior we have a bit of anxiety is not full-blown compulsive behavior arising from our anxieties. This is not say that were crazy, it's just to say that we don't want to take enough time to do what we need to do at the moment, to "be here now." For the sake of completing whatever task we may literally have in our hands. Some people would call this a momentary "existential crisis" because it the very moment we should handle the task in her hands, we kicked the can, "pass the buck," by saying to ourselves, "a deal with this later." This behavior results from anxiety.

Anxiety is not a bad thing. Without anxiety we could not exist. Without anxiety, we would run red lights, we would not stop at stop signs, we would not pay our rent. So anxiety serves a purpose, but it gets in our way when we lent run our lives in a negative direction, like hoarding behavior.

Some people believe that we warders lose our resolve to throw stuff out because of an attachment to these items. And this is easy enough to understand because I have one of my mother's lamps in my living room. It's what I call "gawdy," because my mother placed really tacky stuff on her walls that she felt was "heart." In a sense, would prefer not to have this lamp in the living room. It happens to that it was designed for some aesthetic reasons and it is not light well with the tiny light bulbs the fit its socket. But I do not toss it out because I'm attached to it. So yes, I hoard for sentimental reasons because I know I'll never see my mother again and only in my minds eye, in my dreams, do I see her and hear her voice. I went attachment to her in this very moment is her prize crystal lamp in the design of the 19th century hotel lobby desk lamp.

Hoarding hazards

I can say for the moment that my own hoarding behavior as it relates to books is not created a physical hazard, although it could have if I had not taken some action to throw out some books.

I've been on hoarded jobs it took four workers eight days to complete. Granted, feces cleanup was involved, feces from rats and dogs, but still, removing the hoarded materials like the Los Angeles times newspapers, magazines, and tens of clothing and furniture created physical hazards. In fact, took over an hour to get in the front door the first time. The homeowner use the sliding glass doors leading to her backyard to come and go from her home. This job was in Pasadena, California on that job I met with Los Angeles County health department officials to ensure them that I would get the job done quickly and properly.

On another occasion I did a hoarding cleanup in Laguna Beach, California. There, a lady had haphazardly placed consumer goods like three coffeemakers, four mixers, and all sorts and manner of unnecessary consumer goods she could never use. This job took one week. And like the Pasadena job, she had so much stuff packed that it took hours just to make a walking path through the house so that her "junk" could be removed and placed in the dumpster.

I once did a hoarding cleanup in Lawndale that was ordered by the Los Angeles County courts. The homeowner required a written notice from me that the work had been completed. The notice went directly to the civil court judge to verify that I had done the job. This job entailed removing newspapers and magazine that reached from the floor to the ceiling in all rooms. A small aisle barely the with of a medium-size man allowed for access. During work some of the columns of newspapers and other debris did cave in. I used will barrels and carts to remove this clutter, this hoarding mass to a dumpster outdoors. Before long the dumpster was full and needed to be replaced. Somebody could've gotten hurt badly inside this home. For the owner, he could been buried and died from injuries.

But there's something else about hoarding behavior and the need for hoarding cleanup as soon as possible. And that is building hygiene as well as personal hygiene. The fact is that a hoarder lives in a space that cannot be thoroughly cleaned. Dust cannot be kept down. Insects cannot be kept at bay. And the reason for these nuisances is that a hoarder has too much stuff to move to clean beneath it or around it. So it's not unusual to find mice doing their own hoarding and hoarding home. It's not unusual to find rats living amongst stacks in newspapers and magazines. For sure, the rats enjoy ripping the newspaper and even clothing into small shreds and using it for the personal bedding. And on their bedding, we find yet another short the pathogens, germs, feces coded by rat urine. It happens that the Haunta Virus resides on rat urine that happens to be part of the rats feces. Haunta Virus is a killer and it's a terrible way to die.

Fortunately, there's no sign of the junta virus in Cypress at this date. The junta virus does now existing Yosemite national Park where it did not exist a few decades ago in North America, the junta virus was found only in the tri-state area between Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona. So we never know what's going to happen when it comes to hoarding in the various types of feces that will and must coexist with human hoarding behavior.

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