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Please help me identify common elements from the show for the spaces on the cards!

by Anonymousreply 156Last Thursday at 8:01 PM

Jar of urine

by Anonymousreply 104/05/2019

Dead cat

by Anonymousreply 204/05/2019

Hoarder says, “Keep!” for the first time

by Anonymousreply 304/05/2019

A visit from a city official

by Anonymousreply 404/05/2019

A smirking "1-800-GOT-JUNK" worker.

by Anonymousreply 504/05/2019

Shitting on the floor.

by Anonymousreply 604/05/2019

Tragically unflattering closeup of a hoarding specialist

by Anonymousreply 704/05/2019

A QVC box placed prominently.

by Anonymousreply 804/05/2019

Black mold

by Anonymousreply 904/05/2019

Cans of expired food

by Anonymousreply 1004/05/2019

The only open space in the house is a recliner serving as a bed/dining area.

Bonus points if a ceiling-high pile of unread newspapers is within arm's reach.

by Anonymousreply 1104/05/2019

White trash momma and daughter getting into a screeching argument on the front lawn about throwing away some old piece of furniture that's been covered in cat piss for 30 years.

by Anonymousreply 1204/05/2019

Hazmat suits

by Anonymousreply 1304/05/2019


by Anonymousreply 1404/05/2019

The crying adult children

by Anonymousreply 1504/05/2019

Foetus in thefreezer

by Anonymousreply 1604/05/2019

Hoarding is a mental illness, so keep joking about mentally ill people.

I can't believe series like this pass as 'entertainment'.

by Anonymousreply 1704/05/2019

Rat poop on the kitchen shelves.

by Anonymousreply 1804/05/2019

Dead cats.

by Anonymousreply 1904/05/2019

The "shocked" friend that "had no idea the house looked like this.."

by Anonymousreply 2004/05/2019

The rustle of multiple cockroaches in the piles of discarded take-out containers.

by Anonymousreply 2104/05/2019

Mice droppings. References to the mess as "the hoard." Dr. Robyn Zasio.

by Anonymousreply 2204/05/2019

"I don't have a clutter problem, I have a lack of storage problem!" 6 foot piles of clothing, papers, boxes, books, trash, i.e. "Lasagna" At least one Christmas tree left up year-round.

by Anonymousreply 2304/05/2019

Dr. Robin Zasio stepping over piles of human shit in her designer heels and wardrobe.

by Anonymousreply 2404/05/2019

I'm a collector NOT a hoarder.

by Anonymousreply 2504/05/2019

A bathtub used for storage space.

by Anonymousreply 2604/05/2019

Weirdly disquieting items - like life size ventriloquist dummies that look kind of like muppets.

One lady had them custom made 20 years ago, yet never actually BECAME a ventriloquist.

by Anonymousreply 2704/05/2019

the electricity and water that's been turned off for 32 years.

by Anonymousreply 2804/05/2019

The therapists, cleanup crew and professional organizers trying to conceal their horror when they first walk into the house.

by Anonymousreply 2904/05/2019

Flinging used diapers against the wall. Well, at least one episode had that.

[quote]Dead cat

It’s better when they’re found in a box and still retain the 90 degree angle box shape when removed, as though freeze dried.

by Anonymousreply 3004/05/2019

The hysterical breakdown that occurs when some decades-old piece of garbage is about to get tossed in the dumpster.

by Anonymousreply 3104/05/2019

Hoarder believes trash is "worth something."

by Anonymousreply 3204/05/2019

A plastic coat hanger broken in half which the hoarder will not throw out because they will maybe find a use for it in a craft project one day. When asked by the therapist if they ever make craft projects the hoarder answers “no”.

by Anonymousreply 3304/05/2019

When the hoarder finally loses it and tells the team trying to help them part with garbage to just throw everything away and to “just throw me on top as well”

by Anonymousreply 3404/05/2019

R34 made me laugh out loud.

by Anonymousreply 3504/05/2019

Condemnation order from local authority.

by Anonymousreply 3604/05/2019

The adult child’s former room, now part of the pile.

by Anonymousreply 3704/05/2019


by Anonymousreply 3804/05/2019

Dr. Robin Zasio in Capri pants, flip flops and a sleeveless top clutching an air mask to her face.

by Anonymousreply 3904/05/2019

Cat (s) has/have their own jars of urine.

by Anonymousreply 4004/05/2019

A dead parent (not the corpse on premises, but the dead parent as the trigger to the hoarding).

by Anonymousreply 4104/06/2019

Living in a car parked next to the house.

by Anonymousreply 4204/06/2019

Walking around with a pick up tool

by Anonymousreply 4304/06/2019

Green yard bags full of diapers

by Anonymousreply 4404/06/2019

Regrigerator full of decaying meat and food that expired in the last decade. Homeowner insists “It’s still good.”

by Anonymousreply 4504/06/2019

Either angry adult children who left home at age 16 or passive, pallid, obese adult children who never left and sit in the trash, becoming part of the hoard.

by Anonymousreply 4604/06/2019

A 348-cassette VHS collection next to a VHS player that hasn't worked since May 29, 1994.

by Anonymousreply 4704/06/2019

Mushrooms sprouting from inside the house.

by Anonymousreply 4804/06/2019

The clothes on the bed piled nearly to the ceiling. The hoarder has just enough room to sleep completely curled up in a tiny ball on the furthermost corner of the bed where they’ll never be found again if that mountain of clothing falls onto them. That bed is also where they eat all their meals.

by Anonymousreply 4904/06/2019

R33 I remember that lady. She had fast food containers in her bed.

by Anonymousreply 5004/06/2019

A blocked toilet that’s been that way for years.

by Anonymousreply 5104/06/2019

Discontinued food lines.

by Anonymousreply 5204/06/2019

R51 That's where the nest of toilet paper comes into play.

by Anonymousreply 5304/06/2019

The frustrated and exasperated neighbors, ready to go over to the Hoarder's house in the middle of the night with a can of gasoline and a lighter, and end this insane bullshit once and for all.

by Anonymousreply 5404/06/2019

Rooms inside the house where the doors haven't been opened since 1981.

by Anonymousreply 5504/06/2019

The narrow path in the packed hallways.

by Anonymousreply 5604/06/2019

Doing the dishes in the bathroom sink or tub b/c the kitchen sink can't be found

by Anonymousreply 5704/06/2019

Doing the dishes?!! Surely you jest!

by Anonymousreply 5804/06/2019

Reading this gives me the heebie-jeebies. I can't watch the show. I can barely talk about the show. I'm the opposite of a hoarder. Seeing the insides of some of these houses makes me want to run screaming into the night.

by Anonymousreply 5904/06/2019

The buckets of shit in the backyard, because the plumbing stopped working YEARS ago.

by Anonymousreply 6004/06/2019

The hoarder insisting that their home does NOT smell bad.

by Anonymousreply 6104/06/2019

They don’t shit in the yard! They shit in the floor! Watch more hoarders programs and see for yourself!

by Anonymousreply 6204/06/2019

The years of purchased new clothes piled to the ceiling, still in the bags they left the store in.

by Anonymousreply 6304/06/2019

The dead rodents have been there so long that only their skeletons remain.

by Anonymousreply 6404/06/2019

r62 there have been several Hoarders episodes where they shit in buckets in the yard. I guess shitting in the house was too "low-class" for them.

by Anonymousreply 6504/06/2019

Well, once you allow the cats to shit on the floor, what difference does it make?

by Anonymousreply 6604/06/2019

The crying adult child of the hoarder confessing, “It feels like you choose this...stuff over me!”

by Anonymousreply 6704/06/2019

I hate shit on carpeting

by Anonymousreply 6804/06/2019

Especially shag.

by Anonymousreply 6904/06/2019

I'm the roof that is about to cave in.

by Anonymousreply 7004/06/2019

The “clean” hoarder house at the final reveal which you know must still stink to high heaven even after years of cat shit, piss, mold and rotting food have been scrubbed away.

by Anonymousreply 7104/06/2019

The glazed-over, catatonic expressions of the Hoarder's friends and relatives, seeing the inside of the house for the first time in 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 7204/06/2019

Dorothy Breninger's juicy panties, excited about more shit to go through.

by Anonymousreply 7304/06/2019

Dorothy Breninger's juicy panties, excited for more hoard to roll around in.

by Anonymousreply 7404/06/2019

The shopping addiction hoarder, who looks normal at work, but her house and 6 storage units full of clothing, shoes, handbags she’ll never use suggests otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 7504/06/2019

The garage sale that never happened.

by Anonymousreply 7604/06/2019

The maggots.

by Anonymousreply 7704/06/2019

The 3,000 rats.

by Anonymousreply 7804/06/2019

The rats that are playing cards and smoking.

by Anonymousreply 7904/06/2019

Cockroaches. Millions of them crawling all over your 'clean' dishes and cooking area.

by Anonymousreply 8004/06/2019

The expert/long lost relative/adult child stepping inside the front gate and saying “oh wow, you can smell it from here”

by Anonymousreply 8104/06/2019

The free space should be a set of Ann Miller's "carn cob holders".

by Anonymousreply 8204/06/2019

The worthless collection of ugly porcelain horses/cats/dogs the hoarder has been collecting since 1981 and refuses to part with, despite not having seen most of the collection since 1996 because it’s buried under a pile of crap on a sideboard in the dining room.

by Anonymousreply 8304/06/2019

The forgotten spouse who's still around here somewhere, using a broken-down lawn chair to sleep in while the other nurses a cigarette and resentment

by Anonymousreply 8404/07/2019

it's really sad.

by Anonymousreply 8504/07/2019

The overweight teenage daughter with the quasi-clean bedroom who hasn't had friends over since second grade.

by Anonymousreply 8604/07/2019

A tall pile of the home owner's own shit growing from the toilet seat. Saw it, got eye cancer.

by Anonymousreply 8704/07/2019

the city inspectors that don't get paid nearly enough to deal with this shit.

by Anonymousreply 8804/07/2019

The discarded rubbish belonging to other people the hoarder “saves”. Now why would you throw this out when it’s still perfectly usable?” asks the hoarder to the camera, holding up a an umbrella which only opens half way.

by Anonymousreply 8904/07/2019

The shit soup in the plugged up bathtub.

by Anonymousreply 9004/07/2019

Dead body!

by Anonymousreply 9104/07/2019

Hoard pile avalanche

by Anonymousreply 9204/08/2019

Broken support beam in house or hole in floor

by Anonymousreply 9304/08/2019

“Hoarder Hangover” - when the hoarder is all excited the first day and gets rid of stuff but the next day regrets it and gets depressed/angry that they were “forced to throw things away”

by Anonymousreply 9404/08/2019

Lots of actual hoarders posting here, I have a feeling. It takes one to know one!

by Anonymousreply 9504/08/2019

R95 Ooooh sick burn, bro....

by Anonymousreply 9604/08/2019

The dollar signs that hoarder has in their head for how much money the stuff will make when they eventually get around to selling it.

by Anonymousreply 9704/08/2019

You are only as sick as your secrets. I am a pack rat without actual rats and man enough to admit that fact. You have to call a thing a thing and I openly state here that I have way too much crap.

I feel better now.

And yes, I am working on it every day. It is a process. No shame to admit you need help or feel ashamed. As Rizzo says, there are worse things I could do.

by Anonymousreply 9804/08/2019

Thanks for the laugh R82 - I keep cracking myself up whenever I think of "carn".

by Anonymousreply 9904/08/2019

R98 good on you. I hope it gets better. I know there’s a lot of joking on here but if anything the show Hoarders has taught me that it’s an illness and there’s usually underlying trauma that triggers it. So good luck with everything.

Btw do the rats bother you? Or have you learnt to live with it? More than anything I’d find that very difficult.

by Anonymousreply 10004/12/2019

I have no rats, just an overwhelming amount of stuff that is very hard to part with. I have someone coming in to help me in a week or so. I want to do a lot of prep work before he arrives.

Thanks for the kind words. It is very refreshing around here.

by Anonymousreply 10104/12/2019

I’m the piles of years-old newspapers stacked on the stairs

by Anonymousreply 10204/12/2019

[quote]Lots of actual hoarders posting here, I have a feeling. It takes one to know one!

No, these posts show me that there are many hateful people who do not understand that hoarding is a serious mental health issue and that corporations, who own TV channels which air shows about these sad ill people, are basically preying on mentally ill people.

Same with the other reality show garbage. People who watch reality shows want to feel they are 'better' than the 'crazies' on these shows. Especially the reality shows with rich women screaming at each other, throwing things and pulling out each others weaves. Viewers feel superior to these rich women, who despite all their wealth, are coming across as deeply unhappy and crazy.

by Anonymousreply 10304/12/2019

I think most people here are not making fun of the people per se, but rather some of the more extreme common elements featured on the show and how it’s produced. Plus this is DL, not a support forum for hoarders. It’s like the fraus that start yelling at comedians because they said something insensitive or un-PC during their comedy routine. If you go to the pool, expect to get splashed.

by Anonymousreply 10404/12/2019

R104, I don't find anything funny about mental illness. The way some of the hoarders on these shows are patronized is very sad.

Mental illness is basically presented as a form of entertainment and that's wrong.

I'm not a frau, I'm a gay men who knows a hoarder and it's ruined his life. He did purge a few times, then it started all over again. He's very lucky he runs a successful business from his home, hoarding hasn't ruined his financial life, but it has ruined this love life and social life. We've known each other since we were teens, his hoarding got worse in his early 30s. Then it got worse when he bought a house.

The sad part is, he's an attractive, smart and charming man.

by Anonymousreply 10504/12/2019

Of course that is true what you say but at the same time it is a message board where we share our experiences and I felt like I could be honest enough to admit that this is something I struggle with. I am on not as bad off as some of the hoarders made fun of here but this struggle has impacted my life in a serious way. I don't mind joking about it but there needs to be an examination of WHY people actually do it and how to implement a plan that can change their live for the better.

There are people here in my situation reading this who can speak up if they like. But they probably don't out of a sense of shame. Come out, come out wherever you are!

by Anonymousreply 10604/12/2019

Nicely said, R105.

(We posted at the same time!)

by Anonymousreply 10704/12/2019

R105 I understand that Hoarders is probably being filmed so that we can be entertained by the shock of it all. But in my case it totally changed my opinion of hoarders. I used to think it was sheer laziness that got them into that position, but in 98% of cases it’s a much more complex mental health issue. I have far greater compassion now. I’m a bit of a clean freak, but I put myself in the hoarders shoes and think what if someone were to walk into my house and tell me I had to get rid of most of my stuff, including things that are valuable only to me because nobody else sees their worth. That would be very distressing. That’s why I hope r98 gets the help he needs. I now know it’s not just someone too lazy to throw out old newspapers and magazines, it’s a far greater problem than that.

Having said that some of the responses here are funny. Sometimes you have to laugh at the dark side of life. Wallowing in the awfulness doesn’t make it better.

by Anonymousreply 10804/12/2019

R108. Yes, you need to find humor in the situation or it will drive you crazy.

by Anonymousreply 10904/13/2019

[quote]Yes, you need to find humor in the situation or it will drive you crazy.

How about you don't watch these terrible patronizing shows which prey on mentally ill people? Then, you won't have to worry about finding humour in these sad peoples lives.

A lot of these hoarders don't have social lives because of their mental illness, they basically have no one who cares about them, to tell then they need medical help, not just need to throw out their collections. Their hoarding illness was triggered by a past traumatic experience.

by Anonymousreply 11004/13/2019

R110, you know you are preaching to a hoarder right now? I find the humor in it because I know it is a self inflicted wound. I had no trauma that caused my addiction. I just love my stuff!

by Anonymousreply 11104/13/2019

Interesting study about the brain of a hoarder. Gosh, I hate that word. I prefer "collector".

by Anonymousreply 11204/13/2019

The one ring they need to find in the one ton of crap they have.

by Anonymousreply 11304/13/2019


by Anonymousreply 11404/13/2019

R111 were your parents hoarders? I haven’t watched the show in years but I recall that occasionally a “collector” would say off hand “oh my dad was like this too”

by Anonymousreply 11504/13/2019

Sorry you have hoarding issues. That show actually helps a lot more people than you think. I bet it gets some people to recognize their own tendencies and motivates them to get help. I know it gets me cleaning and organizing!

And although it’s not the same thing, most of us who grew up LGBTXYZ are still here because we learned to use humor as a survival mechanism. Obviously not everything is funny, but some of the extreme realities can be. Taking yourself too seriously is a hard way to live!

by Anonymousreply 11604/13/2019

I’m a “collector” who definitely has problems getting rid of stuff. My dad’s parents were “lite horders” mostly because they lived in a small 2 bedroom apt & didn’t have much room to hoard - the living room & kitchen were fine, but we weren’t allowed in their bedroom which was definitely cluttered; or my dad’s old room - that was packed pretty full of stuff - not garbage, but stuff - like I found all the cards from his first birthday after they died.

I do legit collect some interesting things but I also can see that it’s hard for me to get rid of silly things like old clothes that I no longer wear - but they still fit! I’m also not always the best with just picking up the laundry from the floor for a week — so ’ve watched the shows from time to time to scare myself a bit & keep on top of not only housekeeping - but going through and discarding stuff every few years.

by Anonymousreply 11704/14/2019

Isn't there a difference between people who collector, say, vintage toys or even vintage clothing and people who just pile up newspapers and other items which are essentially garbage? That linked study didn't seem to differentiate.

A few years ago, there was a local TV news report, as well as a NY Daily News article, about a 70+ year old man who was living in a NYCHA housing project in Queens. His hoarding was so bad, he never threw out his wet garbage, he literally had bags of garbage piled to his ceilings.

The smell was so bad, it permeated the hallway and even the floors above and below him! Yet despite the tenants complaints the local NYCHA management did nothing.

A war vet's wife was pregnant with twins, think they lived on the same floor. The wife had a miscarriage due to the overwhelming stench from the hoarder's apartment. NYCHA finally sent people in hasmat suits to enter the man's apartment, they had to break down his door, rats and those giant roaches started coming out! The man was carted off to a mental ward for 'evaluation'. NYCHA then proceeded to fix the man's n apartment, they fumigated it, painted and put in all new appliances. Guess what.....they also allowed him to move back in! The reason, he was mentally ill. I'm not sure the vet's wife who miscarried twins sued NYCHA, she should have!

by Anonymousreply 11804/14/2019

R118 - I’m R 117 - and I’m definately a collector - have been since I was a kid - I think it’s a personality trait yiure born with. Collected Wacky Packages and stamps and began buying books regularly as a kid - as a teen I moved on to vintage postcards and ads when we would go to flea markets. As an adult I collect vintage posters, worlds fair memorabilia & also have some toys & lunchboxes.

But I can see the urge to keep things & fight it in myself with personal ephemera and momentis (mostly I loose - I have several nice boxes with old letters & various papers from my life - the kind of stuff most people toss.

Like most human behavior things are on a spectrum - so I think the basic internal mental workings of a collector and a hoarder are very similar - it’s just a matter of degree & illness.

by Anonymousreply 11904/14/2019

I have always been a collector & always was a terrible speller - forgive the typos I didn’t catch above

by Anonymousreply 12004/14/2019

[quote]A war vet's wife was pregnant with twins, think they lived on the same floor. The wife had a miscarriage due to the overwhelming stench from the hoarder's apartment.

Fake. You don't miscarry from rancid odors. Even if you could there is no way to prove cause. Miscarriages can happen for a thousand reasons,

by Anonymousreply 12104/14/2019

You just know at the end of the show that the “clean” house will be back in full hoarder mode in a short time.

by Anonymousreply 12204/14/2019

The ungrateful hoarder that treats the cleanup crew like their hired help. Bonus points if the hoarder screams at one for throwing a prize piece of garbage away.

by Anonymousreply 12304/14/2019

The follow-up shows usually have the hoarders right back to hoarding again. The older hoarders are hopeless - too old to change at that stage of life. They belong in assisted living.

by Anonymousreply 12404/14/2019

I understand the respect for the individual, but sometimes when they try to rationalize with someone who is clearly not able to make healthy decisions for themselves, they need to stop wasting their time and just commit them.

by Anonymousreply 12504/14/2019

When they cobble together some of the bits and pieces and frame them to make a ‘memory’ picture. Usually looks like tacky eighties craft attempts.

by Anonymousreply 12604/14/2019

A refrigerator when opened kills the sanitation worker.

by Anonymousreply 12704/14/2019

Death house

by Anonymousreply 12804/14/2019

R119, you are collector with likely some hoarding tendencies, but you don't save literal garbage.

I saw a show years ago, it was in syndication and pre-Hoarders. A therapist hosted it, he was trying to help a woman who never threw away any plastic bottle, she had thousands in her home. She had empty shampoo and soda bottles on top of her entire bathroom counter. The therapist tried to explain how she needed to use that space for fresh items she needed to use in the bathroom, such as soap and new bottles of shampoo.

by Anonymousreply 12904/14/2019

[quote]Fake. You don't miscarry from rancid odors. Even if you could there is no way to prove cause. Miscarriages can happen for a thousand reasons,

Not "fake", here's the entire article. Not sure what caused the woman's miscarriage, but it was likely a combo of the overwhelming constant stench and the stress the woman had to deal with trying to get NYCHA to clean out the guy's apartment.

Cops find man isn't dead, just a slob By JONATHAN LEMIRE and BILL EGBERT | DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS | SEP 08, 2009 | 10:01 AM

The awful stench coming from a Queens apartment on Monday was so bad that cops thought they would find a body inside. But when firefighters busted down the the door, they found tenant Ming Li Sung was very much alive - and living with rotting garbage piled floor to ceiling.

"When they started trying to clear away some of the trash to get in, he popped up inside, yelling, 'Get out! Get out!'" said Ray West, who lives across the hall. Cops first noticed the horrible smell when they were called to the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City in the early morning for a domestic dispute. "They thought he was DOA," said West.

The apartment looked like a landfill, with trash jammed top to bottom and pressing up against the flat's front door and rear window. A broken fan, an old watering can and scores of sodden plastic grocery bags stuffed with wet garbage could be seen among the detritus. When an FDNY haz-mat team arrived to start excavating the garbage, an army of cockroaches poured out into the second-floor hallway, West said. "The police were throwing up," West said. Sung, 69, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for psychiatric evaluation, police said. He does not face any charges.

Sung's next-door neighbors have moved out because of the smell, which had been a problem for years, West said. He and his wife, Robin McNeil, are still on a long waiting list for a transfer. "We're stuck here," said West, a veteran who returned just over a year ago from 18 months fighting in Afghanistan, only to spend his time fighting city bureaucrats over the rancid stench.

West said he called 311, the city Housing Authority and even the Health Department to complain, but he kept getting bounced from agency to agency. "Everybody kept saying, 'We don't deal with that' and told me I had to call somebody else," he said. Social workers would visit, but Sung wouldn't answer the door. A year ago the city took some action, according to West, but to little effect. "They took him to Bellevue to get evaluated," West said, "but then they sent him back here."

The Housing Authority never made a serious effort to clean out the rotting refuse, said McNeil, who has lived at Ravenswood Houses for six years. Sometimes conditions were so bad that dead flies would accumulate on the hallway floor. "All Housing would do was come and sweep them up," McNeil said. McNeil was pregnant with twins - the couple's first children - but she miscarried in May. West thinks the overwhelming stench and the stress may have played a role.

"We have to follow the law and respect the rights of the tenant," Housing Authority spokeswoman Lynn Godfrey said late yesterday. She added: "We have a crew out there now to tackle the situation."

by Anonymousreply 13004/14/2019

[quote]Not sure what caused the woman's miscarriage, but it was likely a combo of the overwhelming constant stench and the stress the woman had to deal with trying to get NYCHA to clean out the guy's apartment.

Again, no. Women have given birth in far more stressful situations than having to deal with smelly neighbors. During war, in prison, after suffering severe trauma etc. You don't miscarry because of "stress". Lady is just looking for someone to blame for her loss. No way to prove this one.

by Anonymousreply 13104/14/2019

R131, are you really this much of a fucking moron?! 🙄🙄🙄

Try keep bags of WET GARBAGE in your apartment for YEARS, then let's see how you can cope with the overwhelming odors. Sorry dude, you're a fucking imbecile.

Did you even read the article? The problem went on for "YEARS". The old man was "living with rotting garbage piled floor to ceiling." ROTTING GARBAGE, do you know what smells like? This wasn't a typical hoarding situation with lots of magazine or a vast collection of action figurines, the man was hoarding wet garbage, as in FOOD SCRAPS etc.

Nowhere in the article did it say the woman was looking to sue NYCHA, but surely the ongoing stress did contribute to her miscarriage. Don't be such a fucking dolt.

by Anonymousreply 13204/14/2019

It’s a bit rich you’re insulting r131 considering youre the dolt r132. There is no way of proving what caused the woman’s miscarriage. Certainly not the stench or the stress. That’s not a thing. You’re probably one of those people who believe that women who dye their hair will also miscarry. Please take your idiotic wives tales elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 13304/15/2019

omg the show where a man thought rats where his pets and let hundreds run freely in and out of his house....god!

by Anonymousreply 13404/15/2019

R134 I remember that. He had virtually no furniture or belongings but his hoarded rats. So horrific.

by Anonymousreply 13504/15/2019

The rat guy was murdered by some guy who broke into his house, thinking he was hiding a ton of cash in there.

by Anonymousreply 13604/15/2019

I'm one of the many rusted-out vehicle corpses at the back of the house. The ones closer in can be useful as trash armoires, the rest are the equivalent of garden gnomes.

by Anonymousreply 13704/15/2019

Really r136? Why would anyone think that guy had money? He looked homeless and the rats would have chewed through any cash.

by Anonymousreply 13804/15/2019

I've only read half the thread and this sounds like a description of my father's house. Yes, I wanted to leave at 15. I left at 18. Yes, me and my siblings are "angry adult children". Urgh

by Anonymousreply 13904/15/2019

One of my adult hobbies is litter-picking.

by Anonymousreply 14004/15/2019

What's a pack rat R98?

by Anonymousreply 14104/15/2019

R105 Thanks for your post.

by Anonymousreply 14204/15/2019

A former colleague/buddy of mine I suspect is a hoarder or sorts. She once or twice said she never cleaned the house. It sounded like when it got really bad she and her husband just moved. She's a fun, interesting, cool company. She does have a humongous tendency to procrastinate.

I think all hoarders procrastinate and are afraid to make decisions. Worst of all, afraid to take action.

She's a wonderful talker, however.

by Anonymousreply 14304/15/2019

I've never watched the show but it sounds like they feature only the most extreme cases. My father is more like R98 or the person described in R105, that is I guess a "functional" hoarder.

I agree that what needs to be adressed is the WHY. I imagine behavioural therapy is the way to go.

R98 you are very brave to be doing this and this needs to be done. You need to change whatever is eating you up (or your reaction to it) and solve this problem from the inside out. Growing up in a hoarder's house I can tell you the sense of shame was shared by the children, and it damaged our social skills and sense of intimacy. All three of us siblings worked very hard to overcome this, but obvs our parent is still the same. In my case it's part of what encouraged me NOT to have children, I'm not interested in perpetuating mental illness and misery.

by Anonymousreply 14404/15/2019

As Doug Stanhope said, "I watch Hoarders and I see shit I NEED."

by Anonymousreply 14504/15/2019

[quote]What's a pack rat

That's what hoarders used to be called.

by Anonymousreply 14604/15/2019

Some people in this thread need to read about the NYC eccentric millionaires, the Collyer Brothers.

You're welcome!

by Anonymousreply 14704/15/2019

That’s one tragic story r147. Considering the amount of medical jars they found in the house perhaps their doctor father was somewhat a hoarder too.

by Anonymousreply 14804/15/2019

Those fetal twins who keeled over from the smell of rotting garbage would never have survived a month in New York anyway.

by Anonymousreply 14904/28/2019

R98 here.

Thanks for everybody who extended me the kind words and well wishes. It means a lot.

I have somebody I work with now who told me I am really a closet perfectionist who has too many unfinished projects. Not sure if I really buy that but it makes me feel a little better all the same.

This person comes by weekly to monitor my progress and makes sure I am improving the egress and general cleanliness of my home. I find that putting on disco music from the seventies and the rhythmic beat in my ears really helps me mentally while sorting out my belongings. I have SO much stuff that it is going to take quite awhile but progress is progress. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Kudos to everyone out there who is conquering this issue one pile at a time. And yes, a sense of humor is a definite must in this issue, it gets you through some potentially dark moments.

by Anonymousreply 15004/28/2019

R147 I read the bio of them. They retreated from life. The junk became their life. I liked how the brother took care of the blind brother.

by Anonymousreply 15104/28/2019

Most Americans have too much unneeded stuff in their homes.

by Anonymousreply 15204/28/2019

Why is this thread suddenly on my watch list? I've never clicked on it before.

by Anonymousreply 153Last Thursday at 4:02 PM

[quote]Why is this thread suddenly on my watch list? I've never clicked on it before.

Because the DL Psychic Network has detected you're a secret hoarder...or is it, whore?

by Anonymousreply 154Last Thursday at 5:21 PM

Oh, whore, Psychic Network detective, r154. I have never denied being a whore.

by Anonymousreply 155Last Thursday at 5:29 PM

That's sounds like a great idea for a new show on TLC, "Whores 'n' Hoarders".

Lots of people will watch anything. So many also watch reality show trash because they feel superior to the people on the shows, even the reality shows with wealthy people. So many viewers watch that garbage and think, "These people are wealthy, yet look at how miserable and disturbed they are."

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