Clutter & HoardingHoarding Disorder is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a distinct mental health disorder. Hoarding is a complex mental health condition made up of three connected problems:
Excessive and compulsive acquisition of items
Difficulty letting go or discarding things
Difficulty with organisation and decision-making
These problems can lead to significant amounts of clutter which can severely limit the use of living spaces, pose health and safety risks, and result in significant distress and/or impairment in day-to-day living. But not all clutter is linked to hoarding. A person who lives in a cluttered and chaotic home could be ‘chronically disorganised’ as a result of cognitive impairment. Alternatively, someone could be ‘situationally disorganised’ following a stressful life event.
Is your clutter an issue?
- Are you concerned about what others might think of you if they knew about the clutter in your home?
- Do you have to move things in order to complete tasks in your home?
- Do you often buy things you already have because you don’t know where things are in your home?
- Do you avoid having people in your home because of the clutter?
- Do you have spaces in your home you can’t use the way you would like to because of clutter?
- Has your family life suffered as a result of the clutter in your home.
- Are you worried about the amount of clutter in your home?
- Do you struggle to find things when you need them because of clutter?
- Have you incurred debt you can’t really afford as a result of the clutter?
- Do you have to be careful when walking through your home in order to avoid tripping over objects.
- Have you neglected taking care of things that need to be done in your home because of the clutter?
- Do you feel overwhelmed by the clutter in your home?