- Step 1: Visit a doctor Visit a doctor if hoarding gets so severe that it affects your daily life.
- TIP: Depression, lack of social interaction, and the inability to discard items are signs of a hoarding addiction.
- Step 2: Tackle cleaning Tackle cleaning one room at a time. If you get overwhelmed, take a break and come back.
- Step 3: Take small steps Take small steps. Even if you spend 10 minutes a day, you are still making progress.
- Step 4: Make piles Designate piles for items you want to keep, items you can donate, and items that can be thrown away. Once you make a decision don't move the items.
- Step 5: Search for support groups Search for a counselor and support groups in your area that will provide you with help, information, and support. Stay motivated by focusing on your goals.
- Step 6: Change your life Change your life by recognizing the problem and facing your fears. You can do it!
- FACT: There are up to 2,000 reported cases of animal hoarding -- having so many pets that they can't all be properly taken care of -- in the United States each year.
You Will Need
- Cleaning supplies
- Support groups