My first big step was to go into a room with a trash bag and get rid of the old food items, paper plates, old newspapers, candy wrappers, cans, bottles etc.
I decided that once I become a responsible (organized) I can recycle to my hearts content.
That way I could focus on ONE thing and it actually made a heck of a difference.
Just a thought. My hoarding house is by NO means complete, but in one room I have no food (aka dirty) trash. Piles of stuff everywhere, but nothing that vermin will be living on.
hope this helps and good luck. we DO know what it is like to start, to continue, and even some of us know how to maintain.