Senile squalor syndrome – otherwise known as Diogenes Syndrome – is a far more common problem than most people realize. It can really test your sanity if you have to deal with a parent who is a hoarder. When someone you love has a hoarding disorder, things can really add up (no pun intended).
Making A Difficult Situation Even Harder
If our loved one is transitioning into residential living, it is often a difficult enough choice as is. However, add in the fact that you have to decide what to do with the house or having to sort through his or her belongings could make the entire situation far more difficult.
While the reality shows that deal with hoarding are able to bring a massive cleaning crew with them to clean the mess, you probably have to deal with it yourself or with the help of other loved ones. This means that sorting through the belongings of a home can be an arduous task. Because it can be exhausting to have to sort through someone’s belongings, we have the following tips to make it a bit easier.
Tip #1 – Make Sure That You Enlist A Cleaning Crew
It does not matter if you ask family members, friends, siblings, or even ask acquaintances, you need a large group of people who can help with the cleaning process. This is not a job that you can undertake yourself.
Tip #2 – Make Sure That You Set A Date
It is important that you understand that this is something that you need to do – so you should set a date for it without delaying. You preferably want a Saturday morning to start the process, because it allows you to use the entire day.
Tip #3 – Work Structured, Room By Room
If you are looking at a hoarder’s home, chances are that you feel a bit overwhelmed upon first glance. However, the truth is that you just need to get started on the first room. Because this is a massive task, you should break it up into smaller segments, which helps to make the entire job feel far more attainable. In addition, it helps keep moral support high. Your progress is going to be far more noticeable when you work room to room.
Tip #4 – Develop A System And Assign Tasks
As you go through the room, make sure that you have a system and place and everyone knows what they are going to do. You want the following to be separated: trash, donations, charitables, and keepsakes and valuables.
Depending on whether you power through or need occasional rest, the entire process could take upwards of a month to complete. However, it is important that you set goals and recognize that you will accomplish your goal eventually.