Hoarding

  1. I cut out of work early today and am sitting here eating Trader Joe trail mix and watching Oprah Winfrey... as close as I'm gonna get to sitting around eating bon-bons, I guess. I don't usually watch her, both because I'm usually not home at this time of today and also because I do get that talk shows tend to sensationalize stories for rating purposes. Today is interesting, though, and it can't really be manipulated to be more extreme than it is.

    It is focusing on a couple whose 3000 square foot was filled with garbage. Every room to the ceiling. The team she brought in to clean it took 8 weeks to finish the job, filled 15 dumpsters with 75 tons of trash and filled 1800 crates with stuff to sell at a rummage sale. The crates filled 3 semis.

    What is a bit alarming to me was that the house had black mold and was infested with rodents and yet they didn't throw that crap out. I find it ethically questionable to foist it on other people, even if you tell them where it's been laying for the last how ever many years.
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  3. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I cut out of work early today and am sitting here eating Trader Joe trail mix and watching Oprah Winfrey... as close as I'm gonna get to sitting around eating bon-bons, I guess. I don't usually watch her, both because I'm usually not home at this time of today and also because I do get that talk shows tend to sensationalize stories for rating purposes. Today is interesting, though, and it can't really be manipulated to be more extreme than it is.

    It is focusing on a couple whose 3000 square foot was filled with garbage. Every room to the ceiling. The team she brought in to clean it took 8 weeks to finish the job, filled 15 dumpsters with 75 tons of trash and filled 1800 crates with stuff to sell at a rummage sale. The crates filled 3 semis.

    What is a bit alarming to me was that the house had black mold and was infested with rodents and yet they didn't throw that crap out. I find it ethically questionable to foist it on other people, even if you tell them where it's been laying for the last how ever many years.
    what, that oprah's team didn't exterminate and clean the mold?
    (i'm not sure i'm understanding your concern, mercy).
    i didn't see the show, but are the hoarding owners, still going to live in the house that was just cleaned out?
    if so, what will stop them from hoarding all over again?
    if not, then is the house up for sale?
    and the prospective owners shouldn't have to clean or exterminate?
    talk to momma.

    leslie
  4. by   mercyteapot
    The team did clean and exterminate, extensively in fact. The couple that owns the house has moved back in. Lowe's, Broyhill, GE and some other companies that I'm not remembering came in and replaced everything from the garage floor to the carpet in the house to the furniture and appliances.

    I typed my message as I was watching that show. It was disgusting. I think that for health purposes, it is best just to throw crap out and start all over when one reaches that stage. When we moved out of our last house 5 years ago, a couple of the crates in our garage had rodent gnawing marks. We threw everything out. Which speaks a bit to our own hoarding tendencies, since to date we haven't missed anything that got pitched.

    Maybe you'd need to have seen the show. Mice nests in clear view on the floors, mold growing up the sides of walls... why would anyone would want to buy something that was stored in that environment? Ick... I just don't get the purpose of the rummage sale.
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    Well, ewwww!

    I hope they hooked them up wioth a psychiatrist and housekeeper.


    Lord, my skin's crawling!
  6. by   caliotter3
    I would have thought that Oprah's team would have had the good sense to dispose of the stuff instead of putting it out for rummage sales. Disgusting to say the least.
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from caliotter3
    I would have thought that Oprah's team would have had the good sense to dispose of the stuff instead of putting it out for rummage sales. Disgusting to say the least.
    Yes, and I'm wondering about the people who bought stuff there. I doubt they were given any idea of just how bad the conditions under which this stuff was stored were. Now that the show has aired, they may be pitching the stuff themselves.
  8. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Well, ewwww!

    I hope they hooked them up wioth a psychiatrist and housekeeper.


    Lord, my skin's crawling!
    Ditto icky!! :uhoh21:
  9. by   BabyRN2Be
    First off, I didn't see the show so I don't know what the final outcome was.

    I'm wondering if there's anything being done to prevent this behavior from happening again. Seriously, did they call in Dr. Phil?

    I'm concerned about this behavior being rewarded, as in, we have our house cleaned up and Oprah will clean it up next time when she needs the ratings. Sad.

    I have some non-blood relatives who hoard. It's not pretty and it's very sad. You wouldn't believe what their den looked like when they moved. I'm not kidding, a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf going the length of the room absolutely filled with National Geographic dating back to the 60's. I'm sure you'd find something interesting in their, but that would only account for maybe .001% of the whole collection.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    They didn't have Dr. Phil or any other psychiatrist on yesterday, but this was a 2 part story and I only saw the second part, so maybe that was addressed in Day 1.

    BabyRN2Be, I read an article in our newspaper once about people employed by our County to clean out the homes of people who die intestate and have no known next of kin. A few times a year the job necessitates the type of Herculean effort that was made with this couple. The odd thing about this story was the Oprah story was that this couple were affluent and had 3 adult children living in the same general area. It is harder for me to imagine things getting to such a point when one has a network of support.

    I remember when my son was little, we went trick or treating at the home of a neighbor that we knew from the neighborhood pool. She seemed eccentric there, but then when I saw her house, I really had to wonder what else was going on. Stacks and stacks of stuff everywhere, and a fully decorated artificial Christmas tree that apparently had been up since the previous year.

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