How Much Is Too Much?
For most people, the junk mail and belongings that clog the mailbox and pile up around the house are simply annoying – something to go through and throw away when there’s time. But for others, excessive clutter and hoarding can harm a person’s health, family, and social life. Help is available.
Hoarding is a complicated disorder that happens when a person collects too many things, has trouble getting rid of things, and struggles to get things organized. Hoarding takes many forms. Sometimes people hoard things like clothes, papers, and souvenirs, while others hoard food or keep too many pets. These problems can severely limit the use of your home, create serious health and safety risks, and lead to emotional, financial, and day to day living problems.
Did you know that 6 to 15 million people in this country have significant hoarding problems?
A person’s struggle with hoarding typically begins as a teenager and without early intervention can last through adulthood. People who hoard usually have no sense of how serious their situation is until it becomes so dangerous that public agencies get involved. Family members may try to help though often it is a landlord or local government agency requiring the person to clean their home.
If you have large amounts of books, paper, or clothes piled up blocking exists to your home like doors or windows you may have a serious issue. If you are unable to use your sinks, stove or refrigerator, unable to sleep in your bed because of buildup of possessions, or have safety concerns from storage or clutter, contact us by calling 1-800-675-8437 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is help for people who struggle with hoarding and many resources are available in our community. To learn more, visit hoarders.org, , contact us, or one of the agencies below.