1. Safety Hazards
A cluttered house can limit mobility (causing falls) and can be hazardous to the elderly and disabled.
2. Health Hazards
Excessive clutter can lead to inadequate cleaning. Rotting food items can attract bugs and rodents, leading to health hazards. Reduced cleaning can also worsen existing allergies and breathing problems.
3. Fire Hazards
Clutter can block doorways and windows, making leaving a home very difficult. Boxes, paper, clothing, and other items are extremely flammable and will add fuel to a fire.
4. All of these hazards can create other problems:
Falling and breaking bones, social isolation, problems with neighbors, family, friends and possibly eviction.
If you need support and/or referrals to clinicians, call or visit the Mental Health Association of San Francisco at 870 Market Street, Suite 928, San Francisco, CA 94102. Our phone number is (415) 421-2926.