Psychologists know a lot more about hoarding than in the past, and it's important that those with the disorder are treated with care and compassion. Every so often, a dumpster rental client will be working with a loved one to clear out space affected by years of grappling with the disorder. For a hoarder, getting rid of any item can feel like getting rid of one's most cherished possession. That's why it's important to understand some of the reasons for cleaning up a hoarding space, as well as the psychological condition that perpetuates the behavior.

Hoarding is often related to compulsive behaviors, such as compulsive spending, acquisition of specific kinds of objects, or even feelings of safety. Some hoarders report actually feeling safer when "nested" among their things. On the other hand, a cluttered space can prevent ease of movement within the space, and many hoarders are reluctant to allow professionals to enter the home for routine maintenance, out of embarrassment or fear. Often the disorder is accompanied by agoraphobia, and you should encourage your loved one to seek professional treatment at the same time that you are helping them with the items in their space.