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    Quote Originally Posted by Socks77;3714600;
    They made a point in saying that the kid was diagnosed as autistic
    Hmmm...I don't remember that. I thought they said he was ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). I really thought he was quite the personable youngster.

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    I don't remember that either, but I wasn't watching too closely.

    I was the one who said the junkyard guy didn't seem like the other hoarders. What I meant by that is he didn't seem to have the mental illness aspect of it where some of them have become amazingly attached to incredibly trivial crap, like the young boy with the dog hair. The example I'm thinking of was on Obsessed where the guy in question couldn't get rid of a little piece of snowman kitsch because it reminded him of his mother. Not because she gave it to him, but because the snowman's scarf was purple and purple was his mom's favorite color and he wasn't with her when she passed away and he can't bear to erase any part of her because then she would be GONE. Then you look back at this silly snowman and it's incredible to see how much power he has given such a trivial item over his life.

    But you're right, he was definitely a hoarder. Junk is junk! I would not want to live with a neighbor like that. I guess privacy fences weren't allowed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by momrek06;3714001;
    Yes, I agree on ALEX, the 7yo. When my kiddos were little they would collect everything...I did what the social worker did...I "TIME CAPSULED" their items as toys, coloring books, stuffed animals, etc would pile up in their rooms. I would pick a school day and clean everything up. Never said a word to either of them and YUP, weeks would pass, nothing mentioned, bye bye to that stuff.
    my mom and I were watching this one today and she said the same thing. If any of us started to "collect" things when we were gone, out they went and we rarely, if never asked about them and then it would be months later. GONE.
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    Oh my, I stumbled upon the show a few weeks ago and couldn't believe the stuff I was seeing. I also couldn't understand why the husband of the family that lost custody of their kids wasn't also being help responsible for their house being in shambles. Was it because she was the one physically going to Target and bringing the items into the home? I want to see some of those other episodes I've missed.

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    And they didn't even mention the financial impact of all her Target shopping! I assume they must have had major credit card debt and are singlehandedly bringing their local Target to the #1 sales ranking of all the Target stores...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio;3715429;
    TARA AND BETTY
    Tara has been reported to her landlord and needs to clean out now or she'll be homeless. She's an obsessive collector, favoring things like McDonald's Happy Meal toys, nativity scenes, snow globes and hundreds of teddy bears. Now Tara must finally get control of her hoarding and part with most of the clutter in her home or face eviction. When fire crews responded to a small fire at Betty's house they discovered her sick husband living in filth. Adult Protective Services removed him from the home because of his medical condition. For the last two months he and Betty have been staying in a hotel--but funds are quickly running out. If Betty doesn't clean up her home and her yard, he may never be able to live in the home again.
    Betty was just so sad. Her whole family were so damaged. It was awful what that woman had gone through and I felt terrible for hours afterwards. I keep repeating what she said, "live in hope, die in despair" and what a grim horrible outlook on life to learn.

    I do admit to a bit of tension watching the show -- my house is cluttered and I think I may be a bit of a proto-hoarder. But with me it's pure bone idleness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kip;3707059;
    The other thing I did with the kids' artwork and essays was to send them to a grandmother. They got to enjoy them; I didn't feel bad about getting them out of my house that way. I knew the grandmothers would throw them away - and that was okay - I just didn't want to be the one to do it (illogical, I know...).
    It's very hard for me to throw away cards. One thing I did was make a scan of all my received Christmas cards and then using Photoshop made a collagey thing out of them to use as my next year's cards. But I know what you mean.

    It does feels so liberating to finally get rid of old cards from people you don't remember, or people you see every day. Toss them, I say, although I hardly ever do it. But I can also relate to these hoarders feeling nervous or overwhelmed. I wish sometimes I could just take a big snow shovel to my stuff and just get rid of it, out the door, gone, bye bye. I do have a rule now - NO MORE TCHOTCHKES. No more ornaments. None. No more crap in the kitchen (I used to buy kitchen gadgets because I thought they would somehow escort me into a world of gourmet cooking - utter BS I see now).

    Has anyone noticed that it never really is about the actual thing, but about its (probably exaggerated and overdetermined) meaning.

    I have boxes in my den (you know, the den I spent thousands on, stocking with an enormous flat screen TV, state of the art home theater, leather sofa and chairs, KITCHENETTE for entertaining for Chrissakes) from the remodel that I've not gone through. If they've sat there for two years, why do I even need to go through them. I should just try not to sneeze from the dust as I take them to the garbage. Meanwhile my house is so bad I've not had visitors in months. I mean, sure, I've got arthritis in my knees that makes prolonged cleaning difficult but then I am also so overwhelmed by it all.

    Maybe I need to hire a professional organizer.

    Or a backhoe!

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    I've started watching Hoarders on demand and I'm hooked. I'm the total opposite of these people (cleaning ocd) and get very agitated while watching but can't stop. So while I can't understand their NEED to keep things that most people would deem junk, I know the feeling of having to have control over what's in (or not in) the house.

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    Finally saw the episode with the woman who was a food hoarder and all I can say is OMG! I was getting sick to my stomach just thinking about what her house could have smelled like. I felt really bad for her though thinking that as long as the food wasn't puffy, she could still eat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lori19;3723673;
    I've started watching Hoarders on demand and I'm hooked. I'm the total opposite of these people (cleaning ocd) and get very agitated while watching but can't stop. So while I can't understand their NEED to keep things that most people would deem junk, I know the feeling of having to have control over what's in (or not in) the house.
    I guess hoarding is kind of like the flip side of your type of OCD. I never thought of it that way.

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