Hoarder Clean-Up Tips

Cleaning up years and years of accumulation can be an extremely demanding task, physically and emotionally. The most difficult step is officially starting the job. With such a high quantity of clutter and debris it’s hard to know exactly where to start.

We have some tips to help you get started with the process and where to go from there.

Rent a Dumpster

Since you will find yourself with an excess amount of junk and garbage bags, you’ll need somewhere to put them. At Pro Waste Inc. we offer dumpster rental service to the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. We carry 10, 15, and 20 cubic yard dumpster rentals at competitive prices. Click here to REQUEST A QUOTE.

Declutter First

Intensive cleaning such as scrubbing walls, vacuuming the floors, dusting, etc, will be much easier once the house is empty. Getting all the clutter out of the house first will make the rest of the process much easier.

Separate, Sort, Move On

Pick which rooms you’re going to tackle first. Once you’ve gotten into it, separate the items from the room into three groups: get rid of, keep, maybe keep. Next, bag up the ‘get rid of items’ and throw them in the dumpster. Remove the ‘keep’ and ‘maybe items’ from the room for a later decision. Once the room is as empty as possible, move on to a different room. It can be easy to spend too much time thinking about items that want to be kept/gotten rid of, keep the process flowing by quickly moving from one room to the next.  

Deep Cleaning/Repairs

When a room is open, you want to deep clean from the top down. Start with the ceilings, lights, fans, etc. Then move on to walls and appliances, and always clean the floors last. Things that need repaired can also be assessed during this time.

Hire an Outside Team Sometimes the job is too large or intense for a family to do on their own. Pro Waste Inc. is experienced with the difficulty of hoarder cleanup and can help clear a path through it all. Our team will never pass judgement, as we have handled many of these cases before. We can ease the difficulty of the process and help eliminate the mess. If you’re ready you can REQUEST A QUOTE or Book an online job today!