What is hoarding?
Hoarding is when someone has a large collection of materials or items such as; papers, old clothes, food or containers etc. which get in the way of day-to-day functioning. The NHS summarises the problem well:
“A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner. The items can be of little or no monetary value and usually result in unmanageable amounts of clutter.”
If you hoard, you might:
- Enjoy the feeling of acquiring more items
- Feel upset or anxious at the thought of throwing something away
- Have difficulty in deciding what to keep or get rid of
What are the dangers of hoarding?
Hoarding can impact the safety of your home. Exit routes can become blocked which is dangerous in case there’s a fire. Having an excessive amount of items also means that fires can spread quickly, especially where there are flammable items such as newspapers or cardboard. This is not just a danger to you but also to your neighbours and community.
What help is available?
There’s a lot of support for anyone who thinks they might be hoarding. It’s important you reach out to someone if you have any concerns. Our Tenancy Sustainment team is available on 01206 282514.
We also recommend the following organisations:
OCD UK: www.ocduk.org
TRIUMPH OVER OCD & PHOBIA: www.topuk.org
HOARDING DISORDERS UK: www.helpforhoarders.co.uk
OCD ACTION: www.ocdaction.org.uk