Mount Laurel, New Jersey (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
For people suffering from the hoarding condition, admitting the problem is the first of many difficult steps on a long path to recovery. For centuries, hoarders and their loved ones have struggled with how to properly handle the condition – and all of the “stuff” that the sufferer has gathered for their hoard. For too long, sufferers have been mishandled and misdiagnosed by the mental health community and by their family and friends.
Until recently, hoarders were considered “loners” or “eccentric citizens”, holed up in their homes with scarcely a visit. Now that the United States is becoming more and more densely populated, these eccentric loners are neighbors, family members, and friends. Their hoards spill over fences and landscapes and pile up over windows and doors. Communities all over the country are becoming more aware of the hoarders in their neighborhood.
Meanwhile, thanks to popular hit documentary series like A&E’s Hoarders, the rest of the country is also taking notice. Sufferers of the condition have reluctantly stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight, searching for help from family, friends and clutter cleaning specialists across the United States.
Hoarding service Address Our Mess, a clutter cleanup specialist serving 25 out of the 50 states in the union and growing, has devoted their time and energy to helping hoarders live happier, healthier lifestyles in a more livable environment. The team of specialists, headed by owner Josh Rafter, have devised several programs and services designed specifically for hoarders and their families to cope with the deep cleaning process and the change that comes along with it.
Address Our Mess has published a useful guide entitled, The Official List of Do’s and Don’ts for Helping Hoarders. This guide was put together to help hoarders identify the dangers in their homes. But, more importantly, is has been made available to help family, friends and counselors console, cope and restore the lives of the hoarders they care about.
The highly informative guide covers simple advice like wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when entering and cleaning a hoarded home. It also delves much deeper into the psyche of a hoarder, pointing out the emotional connections to each and every item in their collection. The guide helps the reader understand how to approach a guarded hoarder and how to earn their trust.
Hoarders themselves will also do well to review the guide, as it allows them to understand the struggles the ones who are trying to help are going through. With both sides of the condition reading the guide, mutual understanding can grow into a bond of trust that is essential to the success of the hoarding cleaning process.
From taking the first step to a healthier life, to the challenges of life after hoarding, Address Our Mess’ Official List of Do’s and Don’ts for Helping Hoarders is an essential tool for the hoarding healing process.