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America's Dirty Little Secret: Hoarding

Hoarding is a topic that has not been talked about much in the past, but in recent times has become a commonly discussed topic. A&E has a ‘Hoarders’ program dedicated to the issue; Oprah has had segments dedicated to the issue; and mental health professionals are talking more and more about the problem.

What was once a family's dirty little secret has come to light and as a result, hoarding is now more treatable than ever. With treatment, individuals who suffer from this problem can fix the issues that they have been dealing with in the past and also avoid further problems in the future.

Hoarding can cause more problems than simply aesthetic ones. While clutter does cause an unsightly mess it can also be the cause for much more serious problems. Families are torn apart, homes are lost, and childhoods are ruined because of hoarding.

In serious cases the problem gets so bad that homes are deemed unlivable by the city and families are forced out. Children in extreme cases have been taken away from their parents because the home is no longer livable.

This is an issue that is much more serious than most think and needs to be fixed in the early stages before the problem progresses to the point where the earlier mentioned problems arise.

Those who need help with hoarding should begin by seeking help from a professional organizer who deals with the mental/medical causes of hoarding. This is the best place to start when attempting to cope with the problems that hoarding can cause.

The next step is to get organized and de-clutter. A professional organizer who specializes in dealing with hoarders would be a great person to contact in regards to this.

The professional organizer will help you sort through the mess and separate what should be kept from the items that need to be discarded. The organizer will be a wonderful resource and can objectively look at the items without emotions coming into play. The organizer will help sort the items and help prepare for the next step which is removal of the excess items.

This is where a junk removal company such as College Hunks Hauling Junk would come into play. The professional junk removal specialists will come in and remove the excess items so that the home/space can be clutter free and livable.

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As Seen On ABC's Shark Tank, HGTV House Hounters, TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bravo's The Millionaire Matchmaker, and AMC's The Pitch