Hoarding is where someone collects a large number of items and keeps them in an untidy way. It can become a health and safety hazard because it's difficult to clean and can cause trips and falls.
It's important you try to keep your home as clutter-free as you can to avoid hazards and risk to your health.
Get support and advice
If you're worried about yourself or someone else, speak to your GP for advice.
Your local council's adult social care team may be able to offer support. An adult social care worker will carry out an assessment of the person's needs with them.
Essex Floating Support Service offers help with clutter or hoarding. This is a free service offered to vulnerable people who need support with housing related issues.
NHS Choices provides information and advice on hoarding disorders.
Get advice on fire safety at home from the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
Read London Fire Brigade's leaflet on safety tips for hoarders and learn how to reduce the risk of fire.