My across the street where I used to live neighbor was a hoarder. You couldn’t even really walk in there. Then after she died her family sold it for $14,000 to someone who totally redid it and made it beautiful. It took 2 dumpsters - the big construction kind - to empty it out. There was actually a fair bit of good stuff in there. Dirty but good. And a ton of things new in boxes. They were going to toss it all so I started putting aside the good stuff, photo albums, etc. and called her family to come get the things. Many bags of trash too. I had never seen anything like it in my life. Ever. I guess there are good reasons why someone’s house might end up like that but I just can’t imagine how you’d be able to live in something like that.
@Kidsandliz where I used to live years ago there was a hoarder house down the street. We all had mailboxes on the front of the houses. They had to have a mailbox on a post out by the street because the house stunk really bad. The husband had a couch and TV in the garage. He’d sit out there all the time. It took years for the city to step in. Turns out the stink was dead animals. They caught one of the family members disposing of animals in a local dumpster. Really sad.
@PooltoyWolf@sammydog01 that was a different one that I saw. When I was scrubbing through one of them I saw that older one. Maybe that’s what he was talking about and the square thing was just a record player.
@f00l Watching it I feel sad for the person who was living like that. She couldn’t really even make any more pottery due to no space which is doubly sad. It is a little bit worse than Miss Betty’s house was and as I was trying to salvage the useable things for her family (they were too stressed out to deal with it and yet didn’t really want to walk away but couldn’t cope with it - they had pulled out the quilts they saw that she had made and a few other things and then were overwhelmed - I found more quilts deeper in the mess and as the guys brought things out - they were tossing everything - and found photo albums, a baby book/diary thing she made about her kids, awards she had won at work…) all I could think of was how much she must have struggled and how no one in the neighborhood knew. This show really doesn’t show personal stuff that would be private or embarrassing (I have watched the first 3 so far), the focus is more on interesting finds.
Hoarding is the such a terrible disease, trust me i’ve been there!! It’s like you are trapped and you truly can’t get out of it without major help and even then it doesn’t feel good. After all the crap is finally gone it’s such a freedom of the mind, it’s like talking a bath after being in a mud bog!! I still find myself having valid reasons why I need to hold on to a empty box, it’s crazy! My place never got as bad as the places that you see on the hoarding shows but OMG do I relate to all the feelings!! I actually have a hard time watching the shows when the people are tryin to convince them to get rid of their belongings/trash!!
When I was little I felt sorry for the things that were thrown away, the old toys, stuffed animals, etc.
As an adult I watched Brave Little Toaster and I almost cried my eyes out…I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.
So… I still have misc things my folks gave me when I moved out, my first bedroom dresser, my first guitar with a broken neck, blah blah blah. Not anywhere close to being a hoarder but I can definitely relate.
Now that I’m older I find that the ‘stuff’ helps with my memories… I suppose pics could do the same. I still feel bad when I have to donate or toss it.
Marie Condo can kiss my ass about the JOY stuff. I DO get it, but in my case I have to weigh the sadness against the joy. So far, sadness is winning.