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Finished Initial Cleanup

Posted: 21 May 2013 - 03:05 PM
Roxie, I am so happy for you!:)
Now you have a new fresh start.
It takes time and daily reminders but soon it will come more easily and naturally to keep up on the maintenance.
Please keep posting here, you are such an inspiration! :)
Posted: 21 May 2013 - 01:04 PM
Thanks to all for your words of encouragement. I hope others will post there success stories, too.

My new appliances are in place. I had to clean behind and under the old ones as they were removed, and that was disgusting. Also have had to follow up on disposal of large boxes (need to break the cardboard down and get it to the recycle center).

Old tendencies are an ongoing problem but with the cleanup assist, it is more manageable for me to note the tendencies and work to change things about myself.
Posted: 16 May 2013 - 07:25 PM
I can see where that would be tough. You might be able to try They list housecleaners there, but you can also put a notice of what you are looking for and why type of work you need done. You might get lucky and get a few responses. From what I saw, some of the rates weren't too bad, and I believe I did see a few that did deep cleaning. You search by geographical area though.

That's great you are starting to some of the cleaning yourself....even if it's only a little bit. Anything is progress. Good for you!

How great too that you have gathered names and info to contact people who can help with some household repairs. You definitely sound like you are heading towards your goal of having everything clean and repaired. That's awesome!! Keep up the good work.
Posted: 12 May 2013 - 02:10 PM
Thanks, Pix. The problem is finding anyone in my area who is willing to do deep cleaning. So far no luck. However, I'm trying to do a little at a time with the ceiling and wall cleaning. Once I get started it is not all that hard but I can only work a little at a time before I'm too tired.

I did sign up for Angie's List and have found the names of some local handyman and general contractor types I could contact for issues ahead of me for both the yard and the house. Ever hopeful.

Posted: 11 May 2013 - 08:48 PM
Congratulations Roxie!!

That must feel so great to finally have it all done and be able to move around and do things.

I am hoping to try that route myself, since I live alone and not able to do all of the cleanup myself, so thinking that hiring a professional cleaning company might be the most sensible long as financially it's feasible.

I am so happy that you had such a wonderful experience too!!
Posted: 11 May 2013 - 05:23 PM
Congratulations Roxie, on your amazing actions! It took a lot of courage to open yourself up to help!

Keep living well! :)
Posted: 07 May 2013 - 06:01 PM
Thank you so very much for sharing your story with us. :D
Wonderful to hear how hard you have worked and how much better you are doing now.
I'm sure your story will encourage someone else to reach out as you have.
Posted: 07 May 2013 - 02:52 PM
Way to go Roxie! That sounds like so much work, but you kept going through the hard parts. Inspiring!
Posted: 07 May 2013 - 01:20 PM
I have just had a hoarding cleanup crew complete my house a couple weeks ago. It is an amazing difference.

I am 64 years old, living alone. I have a 1700 sq. ft. bungalow. I didn't consider myself a hoarder, but many of those houses seen on the tv hoarding shows surely looked like my house. Yet, I am not an accumulator (collector) for the most part. I had reduced the number of animals in my house to four (from many more). I don't have a shopping or gathering compulsion, nor am I all that attached to many "things." But the place was a squalid home with lots of stuff scattered around. It was as if once something was set down, it stayed there forever.

I am disabled with chronic illness and that was part of the problem, a big part. Then I underwent some trauma and things went downhill from there. I literally could not see the true state of the place, even though awareness lurked around the edges. Even now seeing before and after pictures, I truly cannot remember it being that bad. But I have proof in pictures that it was.

My stove, dishwasher and HVAC system were nonfunctional. My floors are trashed. My two toilets were problematic though one worked okay manually. My shower was nonfunctional because of slow drainage so I had to take baths and wash my hair by dumping water over myself.

I knew I would not have a problem disposing of most things but I could not get ahead.

One night as I was sleeping on the floor (my only place left to sleep) I realized very hot weather would soon be coming and no ac company would help because of the filth. My old computer was on its last legs and I could not get cable internet hooked up because of the state of the house. I just finally decided I had to reach out.

I came to this site, located two companies that serviced my area, and emailed both. I chose the second one. He came and visited, we talked, he walked, discussed things and set a dollar amount plus dollar limit.

I wrote Cory with a question, meanwhile, and he answered pretty quickly. That helped.

A month later he and two helpers came. They worked so very hard and efficiently. They were non-judgmental, personable (even fun and funny), tough with me when they needed to be, and I felt I could trust them (and did trust them) to identify what was trashed and thus was trash, and what was keepable. They had me "helping" along the way with decisions and easier physical work (sorting, putting a new shower curtain on the shower curtain clips, etc.). They helped me to "see" some things that were trashed but I was hating to admit (my treasured oriental rugs...what a loss).

We filled up one big dumpster.

I can tell you that during the waiting period and during the process, my sleep was messed up. I also felt more symptoms of my chronic illness. I had to decided to truck on through regardless because I just knew my fears were being manifested physically.

The place is uncluttered now. I can breath again. I am getting the appliances replaced this week, and the cable company has already hooked me up to internet. I have many other tasks ahead of me, but one at a time and as I can afford it. I was most blessed in that, when I shared with my far-flung family what I intended to do, my adult son and my oldest brother sent me money to use to pay for the cleanup.

I still need to find someone to do "deep" cleaning like the ceilings, walls, baseboards and floor. I am physically limited in what I can do. I'll then need to paint. I need to have a roofer check on a leak, get the ac guys in to make sure I have ac this summer (it is extremely hot here in summer), etc.

But it is SUCH a relief to no longer be afraid to have anyone come to my house. It isn't House Beautiful, but it doesn't stink and isn't filled with clutter and trash. The remaining cats are even using their litter boxes again.

If you read this and have been on the edge of deciding to hire help, I encourage you to do so. Those experienced in cleanup are non-judgmental and professional.
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