If your friend is a hoarder, you will see things stacked up on just about every surface in their home, such as countertops, stoves, desks, sinks and stairways. If they have run out of room, they may continue to stack stuff in the garage, yard, or even in their car. In very bad cases, very few areas of the home are usable. If your friend is moving and has asked you to help, they will likely want to take everything with them. Because of this, you should make sure your friend gets the proper treatment before you do anything.
The first thing you will have to do is to sort everything out. You will need to allow enough time to do this, as it will likely take many days or even weeks.
As you are sorting, ask the person the last time they used an item or if they will use the item in the future. If they cannot answer this question, then this is something that should be thrown away. Continue doing this until everything is sorted.
If your friend becomes very anxious about certain items, you should not throw them away immediately but put these things into a separate pile. You and your friend can sort through these things separately when everything else is taken care of.
If there are a lot of newspapers and/or magazines stacked up everywhere, pack them up and take them to a recycling company.
In many cases, this is something that will be very difficult to do on your own. For this reason, you should consider hiring a professional cleaning company that has experience working with hoarders. Once you get everything out of the home it will likely be very dirty. There may be mold growing in many areas, pet urine and feces if they own a pet and more. The cleaning company will have the proper equipment to get everything clean and sanitized.
Some states have hoarding task forces, which is the combination of many people from different agencies to help with the process. You can check your state's website to get this information.
Once you have everything sorted and you are ready to start packing, contact a moving company in your area. The moving company may be able to provide you with boxes, tape, packing materials, and other things you may need before they start moving these things to the new home. Click for more information.