Horror Hoarding Stories from a Junk Removal Specialist

October 26, 2017

Hoarding disorder is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. The behavior usually has harmful effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for a hoarder and family members.

For those who hoard, the quantity of their collected items sets them apart from other people. Commonly hoarded items may be newspapers, magazines, paper and plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing.


With this important backdrop, it should be obvious how serious hoarding can be and in no way, is this meant to diminish its seriousness. In the junk removal business, there are many instances where we are called to haul away hoard. But many times, and for various reasons, we encounter homes that have just gotten out of control with debris.


Collections & yard furniture

Birdhouses. Wind chimes. Wicker furniture. They may look nice to you, but sometimes, too much is just too much. Whether in your front yard or back yard, your neighbors have to look at it.


Holiday decorations

With Halloween around the corner, don’t forget to clean up those rotting pumpkins, hanging spider webs and skeletons. Don’t make Thanksgiving your Halloween Part II!


Lawn ornaments gone awry

One or two garden gnomes are cute. 200 garden gnomes are a nuisance. Don’t go overboard with your lawn ornaments!


Tchotchke overload

It’s a broad category, but tchotchke can be anything: chimes, wind socks, garden flags, lighthouses, hubcaps – the possibilities are endless. Expect to get a citation for a clean-up if your tchotchkes get out of hand.


Moving (groundhog) Day

Maybe you’re recently moved…. again! If you’re not recycling your moving boxes and packing materials, don’t let them blow around. Call for a pickup and keep your curb clear. If you’re moving out and getting rid of furniture and other household items – call for a pickup.


Home remodel

For all you do-it-yourselfers, we applaud you. But if you haven’t invested in a small dumpster, chances are that your local municipality will charge you extra if you pile up construction material on the curb and even MORE if you leave it there.


Whether you meet any or all the criteria above, junk removal services like Sanford & Sons can help you at any time of the year. Hoarding or not, the longer you wait to call a specialist – the scarier that garage, attic, spare bedroom, basement, etc., can become.


Aside from keeping your home neat and organized, the aspect of personal safety is equally important. Minimizing a fire hazard is probably the number one reason to call a junk removal service especially when assigned a hoard. Whether for the holiday or not, don’t get behind the eight-ball inside or outside of your home and call a specialist today!