Originally Posted by ustasmom
I just went back and watched the DVRed show.
Did they throw away like most of their house?
How disappointing! The audience learned nothing on how to declutter or how to avoid building it back up again.
There's only about 40 minutes of show time available, they can't get too detailed. If we're talking about Sharyn and Marvin, the older couple, do you realize it took weeks to clear out the house? And that there was black mold from spoiled food, the furniture was damaged from mold too, and sections of the walls had to be removed along with the carpet? The home itself was toxic.
She has a mental disorder! The only reason they were able to go in and do what they did was that she was ready for help and willing to change. She wanted to get well. That's the first step. Many hoarders get stuck at that stage because the work to clean up is so overwhelming. In this case, the helpers were getting ill--Peter Walsh got a rash from the mold!
Let's be compassionate toward these people. They needed help and thanks to Oprah, Peter W. and a few home supply companies, they were able to get that help and by sharing their story, they'll encourage others to take the first steps toward recovery.