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Jun 01 2017

Helping a Pack Rat Move

Packrat, hoarder, collector—most of us have one of these individuals in our lives. Whether the pack rat in your life is a grandparent, a great uncle or a hobbyist friend, helping them move comes with its own set of challenges. Managing a move with someone who can’t seem to get rid of anything is both emotionally and physically trying.

By no means do you want to offend your loved one, but efficiently moving is impossible without getting rid of clutter and useless items. If you’re helping the pack rat in your life with a move, we’ve got some advice on how to deal with it.

  • Set aside time for sorting
  • When someone accrues a large amount of stuff over the years, moving is going to take a long time. In these cases, preparation is absolutely essential. You need plenty of time to sort through everything, as well as extra boxes, garbage bag, and cleaning supplies.

  • Consider their emotions
  • As frustrating as it is to help a borderline hoarder move house, you should keep in mind that it’s probably even more overwhelming, stressful and embarrassing for them. Even though you don’t understand, don’t treat your loved one’s possessions like garbage. Work through each room and try to understand their point of view. To make the process easier, you need to avoid being judgmental at all costs and show compassion and respect.

  • Make a plan to de-clutter
  • When you’re clearing out a pack rat’s home, there will likely be an excess of stuff that isn’t needed anymore. If the owner can’t cope with throwing things out, suggest donating gently used items to a charity. Doing this keeps the memory of that item alive while contributing to a good cause.

  • Keep to a schedule
  • Moving is going to be emotional for your friend or family member, so chances are that individual will be dragging their feet a bit or arguing. Instead of fighting back, find another way to stay on track. The charitable donations come in handy again, as many charities offer donation pickup. If you schedule a pickup this will help keep a tighter deadline and ease the process of removing items from the house.

  • Know what questions to ask
  • Your loved one should be left to make the final decisions, but there are three questions you can ask them to assist the situation:

  1. When was the last time you used or needed this item?
  2. Will you use this in the future?
  3. What will be the benefit of keeping this item?

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