Hoarders chronicles the lives of families struggling to cope with hoarding issues. These families work closely with the support of a trained professional to enable them to make progress with letting go of their stuff. A professional organizer is also brought in to help the hoarder organize the items left behind. And we join the team when the time comes to cart the excess away, either for recycling, donating, or the landfill.
What Happens To All That Stuff?
We recognize that preventing waste is of particular importance to people coping with hoarding issues and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? makes every effort to divert useful items from the landfill.
The junk removal teams set up staging areas on most jobs involving hoarding cases so that items can be properly sorted. Gently-used items are donated to local charities and recyclable items, including scrap metal, wood, plastic, and electronics, are recycled. However, due to the nature of hoarding, many items are useless or kept for many years and have no re-use or even recycle value at all and must be thrown away.
Hoarding is defined as the acquisition of, and inability to discard worthless items even though they appear (to others) to have no value. Learn more online at Children of Hoarders
Watching an episode of Hoarders is a sobering experience for many people who do not understand this mental illness. The truth is, according to Jason Elias, of the OCD Institute at Harvard’s McLean Hospital:
“The general public thinks these people are just slobs or lazy, but actually most of the time it's because of not wanting to waste things, and so wanting to make the right decision about a thing that it becomes overwhelming and they keep it.”
Most commonly hoarded items are everyday things such as newspapers, magazines, clothes, and slips of paper deemed to still be important.