Understanding Hoarding Behavior

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) characterizes hoarding as the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual sentimental or monetary value. This behavior typically results in emotional, physical, social, financial and even legal issues for the hoarder and their family and friends.

Common Symptoms & Behaviors:

  • Inability to discard of possessions
  • Severe anxiety when items are discarded
  • Difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
  • Indecision about where to put things or what to keep
  • Feeling of being overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
  • Suspicion when others touch their items
  • Obsessive thoughts and actions
  • Loss of living space
  • Social isolation
  • Family or marital distress
  • Financial difficulties
  • Health hazards

Handling Hoarding Behavior

Garrett McKenzie is extremely sensitive to the complex handling of hoarding personalities and behaviors. Our staff identifies and helps facilitate a plan for the recovery of useful, sentimental and valuable items while working in close contact with our client to ensure a smooth process and eliminate nonessential items.

In addition, indoor air quality, bacterial contamination and hazardous cleanup are necessary and therapeutic procedures that lead to a healthier environment for the hoarder and their family. We’ll ensure that salvageable household items are handled with the utmost care, consideration and reorganization.


Client Care & Consideration

We are highly in tune to the sensitive nature of handling hoarding behavior, for both the hoarder and their loved ones. That’s why we’ve established a compassionate strategy to help our client feel comfortable through the entire process. It is our hope that by working with our team, each client will experience the positive effects of day-to- day living, reduce potential health risks, reestablish a better value of the property, lessen conflicts with family members or friends and work with city officials in the event the house has been condemned or deemed uninhabitable.