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Re: Hoarders

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:56 am

Hoarding takes over South Bend man's life - Part 2
South Bend, IN
On Tuesday, we showed you the home of Jim Curlee, which was chosen for a de-cluttering intervention on the TV show "Hoarders." Now, in Part 2, we show you how Jim is doing now that he's gotten help for his hoarding.
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On Tuesday, we showed you the home of Jim Curlee, which was chosen for a de-cluttering intervention on the national cable TV show "Hoarders." Now, in Part 2, we show you how Jim is doing now that he's gotten help for his hoarding.

Jim's story may just motivate you to get rid of the clutter in your own life. Or maybe you're a hoarder and didn't even realize you had a problem. We'll show you the warning signs and let you know how to tell when it's time to get help.

To see Part 1 of this story, click here.




When Jim's cluttered life was exposed on the TV show "Hoarders, "America saw his emotional attachment to some rather useless things.

"It's possible in some subconscious way I viewed it as a little fort," says Jim. "If I just stay here and hunker down and don't move, maybe everything will work out alright."

Local therapist Geri Bryan says hoarding is worse than being messy: it's a mental condition.

"When it takes over your life, that's when it becomes a problem," Bryan says. "Most of the hoarders are perfectionists or obsessive compulsive. They can't get rid of the things."

While cases like Jim are extreme, Bryan says many of us are guilty of holding on to too much stuff. It may be emails, or stuff in your purse, junk in your spare bedroom or garage. There comes a point when it's a problem.

"You have a two-car garage, but the cars are outside," says Bryan. "It's when it affects your quality of life. You can't have people over because there's no place to sit. The kids don't come over for Christmas or Thanksgiving anymore because the dining room table is covered."

For Jim, it was when his daughter refused to let his granddaughter come over to play.

"My daughter said 'y'know dad, your house is maybe unsafe or dangerous to her. She just can't come in the house,'" Jim says.

That's when Jim agreed to get help. His daughter sent in pictures of his mess. Soon after his home was selected, the TV team got right to work.

Wendy Taddeucci is a professional organizer who was part of the team. She continues to help Jim get his life clutter-free.

"I don't see messes, I see 'how can I fix this?'" says Taddeucci. "Your home should be your haven, your place to get away from it all. To walk in the door and [say] 'ahhhh.'"

She says the best advice to avoid hoarding, is to "stop it before it starts. When you are shopping and you bring home a sweater, for example, you put that sweater in the wardrobe, you take one out. It's the one in, one out rule."

As for paperwork, try to remember OHIO: "Only Handle It Once. And make a decision and follow through," says Taddeucci.

It's the follow-through that Jim will always have to work on. But the clean results have been a powerful incentive.

"I've been able to have people over," says Jim "I had ten people in here for dinner. And my guys have been over to play bridge, and it's just wonderful to do that."

A wonderul way to live -- without the clutter.

Since hoarding is a mental condition, people often get help with therapy, medication, and a strong support system.

If you need to tackle a big cleaning project, here's another tip from Wendy: start with one room or space and clean it completely. If you only work on it a little, it's easy to get overwhelmed or distracted.
http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/86287562.html
Now if I can only get my husband on this show........
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Re: Hoarders

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:50 pm

I just watched the new season of "Hoarders" last night and it was truly disgusting. Most of the people( not all) who are hoarders are not very nice people. The Family (yes, Mom, Dad, 38 and 39 year old son and daughter) were all just nasty acting and their house was absolutely disgusting... There was no running water in the house, the ceiling had collapsed in the bathroom and filth was everywhere. I have no sympathy for this at all. These people are extremely sick... :shock:
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Re: Hoarders

Postby southsider » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:30 pm

I watched it on Monday too. The woman with the small children was a straight up B%$!!!. The psychologist should have called CPS on that woman so it would have been on record and they could watch out for the kids. The poor kids had to climb a mountain of trash just to watch tv. Disgusting.

The family with the 2 fully grown middle aged "children" living at home were nuts, just nasty nasty people. What bothers me most is they never really seem to appreciate the help they have, for free, to clean up after their own disgusting and lazy selves. These people have major issues.
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Re: Hoarders

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:13 pm

OK, tonight on Hoarders on A & E channel, the most disgusting person so far is being shown. I seriously do not know how these people live with themselves. It is truly repulsive and the people themselves are mean, nasty and totally disgusting human beings. I have yet to see a nice or decent acting "Hoarder."
There is also another show on Hoarders on TLC channel. It is called "Hoarders, Buried Alive."
Truly scary and disgusting... :shock: :puke-huge:
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Re: Hoarders

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:18 pm

Happy Mom wrote:OK, tonight on Hoarders on A & E channel, the most disgusting person so far is being shown.


This disgusting Hoarder was from Kokomo, In.... :shock:
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Re: Hoarders

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:33 pm

okay, I'm addicted to Hoarders. These people all have disgusting personalities to go along with their disgusting living conditions...It is on right now and it is amazing how A & E finds these gross people....
It is on right now... :shock:
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Re: Hoarders

Postby southsider » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:31 pm

Happy Mom wrote:okay, I'm addicted to Hoarders. These people all have disgusting personalities to go along with their disgusting living conditions...It is on right now and it is amazing how A & E finds these gross people....
It is on right now... :shock:


It is disgusting yet addicting, I cannot seem to change the channel and yes the peoples personalities can be even nastier than their houses, did you see Nadene? She sat on her arse the whole time the crew was cleaning out her craphole of a house and complained the entire time while her husband was "trapped" in their bedroom and has been for the past decade!

The guy last night whose wife died from cancer was a real peach of a guy. Its easy to find these people since A&E pays for everything to be cleaned up for them so they are able to possibly avoid losing their homes, only to trash it all over again.

Here are some images of the living conditions these folks like and many times make kids live in, too.

Check out the cobwebs
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This is a kitchen:
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I am pretty sure this dump ought to be bulldozed or doused with gasoline and lit on fire:
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This is a pic of the kitchen AFTER IT WAS "CLEANED"
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Filthy, rotting trash
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Re: Hoarders

Postby bob_rx2000 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:41 pm

What never fails to stun me about shows like this one, or the various "judge" shows, or Dr. Phil, or (fill in the blank) is why on earth these people want to expose their dysfunction to the world?
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Re: Hoarders

Postby Betsy Wallace » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:01 pm

I watched this show at the beginning and I actually felt bad for some of the subjects. You could just tell that they had a true phobia about getting rid of items because they might have 'value'. I remember one gentleman was a lawyer. He was very smart and seemed truly ashamed of what his house had become. He was very receptive to the help and when they came back after 6 months or so he was trying to maintain a clean house but still need the help of the therapist to delve deeper into his phobia.

Lately, however, the subjects are not as endearing and some are downright nasty.
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Re: Hoarders

Postby southsider » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:33 pm

bob_rx2000 wrote:What never fails to stun me about shows like this one, or the various "judge" shows, or Dr. Phil, or (fill in the blank) is why on earth these people want to expose their dysfunction to the world?


They think they are normal and cannot even smell the rotting food, cat poop, and rotting trash!
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