Tag Archives: Hoarding

Washington Post article: Hoarding is a growing concern

The Washington Post, Health and Science section has a good article about hoarding. Sara Solovitch April 11

At Junk King, we work with professionals, like Maria Spetalnik (Conquer the Clutter).  Maria provides the counseling, planning, and support.  We help with the heavy lifting and disposal of the unwanted clutter.  We provide the labor and trucks.  Our crews respect the client,  We also respect the environment by repurposing, donating, or recycling everything.  We are 100% landfill free.

As Sara Solovitch states, “Hoarding is different from merely living amid clutter, experts note. It’s possible to have a messy house and be a pack rat without qualifying for a diagnosis of hoarding behavior. The difference is one of degree. Hoarding disorder is present when the behavior causes distress to the individual or interferes with emotional, physical, social, financial or legal well-being.”

Call Conquering the Clutter or Junk King Fairfax.  We can help, whether you have a little clutter or  a lot.

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JUNK KING FRANCHISEES HELP BURIED ALIVE HOARDERS

Local Junk King haulers and recyclers across the United States are helping hoarders appearing on the TLC show, Hoarding: Buried Alive. The broadcasts featuring Junk King franchisees begin November 6, 2013.  Click here for some previews!

For the franchise owners and employees of the company, aiding the individuals featured on the show is more than a chance to get a little face-time on a popular national television show. It’s local business aiding local residents in need. Helping those with the compulsive-obsessive disorder can be an emotional experience for everyone involved—junk collectors, hoarders, and the families of the hoarders. Virtually every employee at Junk King, from those at the corporate headquarters in California, to the local franchisee, has spent time collecting junk. Walking into any home where there is an extensive amount of clutter, even if it can’t be termed “buried-alive” clutter, affects those who enter the space. Even the employees who answer the phone to book the appointments for “everyday hoarders” can sense the despair. Whether the call is from a family member or the individual who needs help, the hopeless attitude is easy to sense. Adding hope to the equation is the job of the workers. The local Junk King employees who actually collect the “stuff” know they must “tread lightly” in these situations. After all, hoarders have psychological issues, and even the perception of a “callous attitude” can stop an intervention in its tracks.

Local Junk King franchises apparently have a knack for the kindness needed in the extreme situations featured on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive. While there is an eight-hour time limitation for actual removal of the items, Junk King usually gets a call back, after the completion of the filming to finish the job. This indicates that the local franchisees not only do a good job, but that they are sensitive to the issues involved with hoarding. Anyone who has watched even one Buried Alive broadcast has seen how difficult it can be for the hoarders to accept help without feeling they’re somehow being violated. Junk King, a company with over 50 franchises throughout the U.S. and Canada, understands it is their responsibility to help hoarders without making it seem as if the home is being invaded.

Again, Hoarding: Buried Alive episodes featuring Junk King hauling begin November 6, 2013.