I figured out my obsession with it too...I'm pretty sure my step-mom is a hoarder & my dad is what they call a "collector" and together they live in a hoarded collectible mess!
Anyone else hooked? I think my favorite was the lady whose goats had eaten a hole in her house.
TLC has their own series coming out. I think its called hoarding: buried alive. I'll be tuning in!
My mom is a hoarder. Although, not as bad as the people on that show. I feel so bad for the hoarders. It's a very unique disorder.
And the people who have kids... that just kills me.
Dang, it sounds like this show really depresses me! It doesn't, I just find it really fascinating.
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The latest episode (peoria, Ill) is so sad ... the woman cleans out her entire house with very few complaints, but is still living in a homeless shelter after the cleanup. Her husband of 31 years is in Las Vegas, with no signs of returning home. After the cleanup, she is only speaking to 2 of her 14 children.
Like a PP, I just find it really interesting to hear these people's back stories and how they got to be in that situation. I am always so happy when they actually stick with the aftercare and get everything straightened out in their lives. It would be cool if they did updates after a longer period of time to see if they're actually able to maintain the cleanliness and heal some of the broken relationships in their lives.
|The latest episode (peoria, Ill) is so sad ... the woman cleans out her entire house with very few complaints, but is still living in a homeless shelter after the cleanup. Her husband of 31 years is in Las Vegas, with no signs of returning home. After the cleanup, she is only speaking to 2 of her 14 children.|
I saw the beginning, and I could sort of understand why the husband took off, even though I think it was a very poor way to handle the situation. I couldn't watch the whole thing. When the counselor showed up and the husband was there, it looked hopeful for their marriage. Guess not.
I do find myself drawn to the show but it's very painful to watch. It does send me on frantic decluttering/cleaning missions though (Same for "How Clean is Your House?") When I was in my teens I had friends whose parents were hoarders. I'm not sure which parent was the worst about it. But it was one of those houses where there was literally only a small path through some rooms, and for me being not-skinny it was hard to get around even with the path.
How many 70+ husbands make a good caregiver for a wife with a very probably non-curable illness? He went back to Las Vegas to "read some books"
I think my grandma is some kind of hoarder. She's *obsessed* with things being clean...clean meaning disinfected with bleach. But at the same time she has stacks of magazines, newspapers, and other random things piled up everywhere that she cannot get rid of. One entire room of her house is filled with stacks of various magazines and papers, so badly that she can't get to her piano which she loves to play, yet she can't just throw them all away because she says she has to go through them to pick out the important things...this is something that has happened to her with old age.
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My son had a friend who's father is a hoarder. I went to their house once and was horrified.
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Wasn't going to watch the whole thing but got sucked in.
It was interesting that the women were two very different "types" (one seemed really high strung, the other very laid back). But they both had children and I felt so badly for the children.
The second one really got to me though, because of the weeping and wailing over losing her animals, and not nearly so much emotion over losing her kids. Even her family members commented on that and she came up with some reasoning for it.
I hope the aftercare funds for counseling and further clean-up will help those families pull through. The situation for all those kids just broke my heart.
I was exhausted and stressed. I basically just wanted to vac. the floors so we could walk to the bed. I spent most of my vacation *home* cleaning. And yeah I have some residual feelings about that
It is terribly sad. It is a disease and the people do need help.
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I think I like How Clean Is Your House a little better. Those people are quite happy to have Kim and Aggie come in and take over -- and it's still good for a "well, my house is messy, but nowhere near that level" sigh of relief, and a brief spurt of cleaning inspiration. Plus, they have good organic cleaning tips.
... it seems to me they often set these people up for failure. They get, what, two days of professional help to go through their houses and sort things.....
I know a woman locally who inherited her Mom's house. She lived in Mom's house for 2 years before listing the smaller (former) house for sale. Both houses were fairly "full" at that point. I helped her out just a little - encouraging her to take to the curb an old exercise bike, a particle board grandfather clock, and some other unneeded items. In her "new" house, I talked her into donating her cook books (her diet is cereal + coffee) and self-help books (they didn't work). She sleeps on the floor. I don't expect any of this to change, since she does not see a problem with it.