As specialists in dealing with challenging house clearances involving owners, residents and families of loved ones with a hoarding disorder or squalor living, Mrs Muscle Cleaning can provide the help and support you need.
It’s very simplistic to think that hoarders are collecting stuff because they want to, or because they are eccentric, but the reality is that most of them have a genuine illness - a hoarding disorder. This mental disorder is more serious than many people think as compulsive hoarding can also be indicative of other significant health problems such as Dementia, Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Always encourage them to talk to a relative or doctor.
Hoarders collect and “save” an excessive number of items, often things that most of us would consider junk, like old newspapers and magazines, broken electrical equipment, piles and piles of old clothes and even, in extreme cases, food and biohazardous bodily waste which then constitutes a real health hazard.
They can also tend to store everything in a chaotic manner, resulting in unmanageable and often dangerous clutter, with entire rooms completely full of what most people would consider junk or waste materials. There is often no room to move around and can pose a significant fire hazard.
This can also affect their quality of life and cause potential danger due to the amount of clutter interfering with everyday living. Most hoarders (and, indeed, their families) hesitate to seek out help as they feel too embarrassed or ashamed to talk about their illness. So, it is important to deal with it sensitively and understand that hoarding is the problem, not the person.
Mrs Muscle Cleaning specialises in dealing with difficult house clearances as a result of hoarding or elderly loved ones being unable to care for themselves. We are often asked to step in and help either directly from relatives of the sufferer or via Social Services and can delicately approach the clearing out and cleaning of a hoarder’s home.
Where do I begin?
Book the clearance: Once the necessary support has been secured, we are here to advise you through the process and see the property is completely cleared and cleaned in a conscientious and efficient manner. Depending on the size of the property and the amount of material to be cleared, clearing a hoarder’s house can take anything from 1 day to 5 days.
Clearances of properties that have been damaged by hoarding will require most of the following services that we offer including