A few nights ago I had gone out for fast food and came back to watch it while playing games on Facebook and watching tv. I flipped through the channels and saw Hoarders was on. I about settled for watching it but when the first gross scene came on, I decided that wasn't the best show to watch while eating. I think I ended up watching something on HGTV instead.
I do wish they would focus more on organizing tips and counseling sessions with the hoarders instead of showcasing their hoard. Or even offer advice on what to do if a family member or neighbor is a hoarder. What services are available to them? How do you report them and to which agency? We've heard aftercare mentioned but the show has never followed that part of it.
I'd be curious to know more about the organizer and clean-up crew, too. How did they get in this line of work? Do they have guidelines they have to follow or is it set on a case by case basis? How much does it cost and how many hours does it take to clear the average hoard? Or the unaverage hoard, like the ones featured on the show? Are there some things they're required to report or throw away without consulting the hoarder?
I agree that the show has taken a more disturbing turn. There's a point where the person is longer disorganized and is truly mentally ill. I see no benefit from taking time to go through their hoard trying to teach them things because they are unable to care for themselves and will go right back to that state as soon as the organizers leave.
Did anyone else catch this 'hoarders" story:
Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder - Channel 4
Mr. Wallace was more likable than most. He had no ax to grind with the people who turned out to help. He seemed more lonely than mentally ill and it was nice to see his neighbors from the village turn out to help. It was almost like a Disney story. He wasn't the Beast they all thought he was.
Please excuse the Channel 4 info. I am on the east coast and I watched this on tv right here at home. The link was simply the most informative reference I could find.
I tend to agree with the posters that felt it has now become more about a mental illness than just plain hoarding. It has to be because many of these people don't "see" or "smell" the mess anymore. On one of the more recent shows, most people couldn't even be there a couple minutes before the smell got to them.
And I do understand that certain tragedies can trigger there downfall into holding on to "things." But not being able to let go of things is far removed from having cats/dogs use the entire house for a bathroom. And most people, in time, learn how to cope with tragedy without falling into such dispair. I say this out of personal experience, having just gone thru a decade of personal tragedies/losses, etc. It takes time and a lot of effort but a mentally balanced person can come out of deep grief.
But most of these poor individuals seem to have other coping problems and a deep personal loss can cause them to lose it all and end up this way.
Just cleaning out the house is a start, and I can see that as a first step to recovery but most need a lot more help to acquire skills necessary to live differently. My heart goes out to them and hope they are receptive to help.
Has anyone heard anything about when the new season will start? I've seen on Corey's facebook that they've been filming.
This show makes me want to clean like crazy and donate a bunch of stuff!
One of my husband's co-workers was a hoarder who's whole house was filled with garbage and filthy, no working bathrooms. The woman and her daughter did #2 on the floor next to the fireplace. There were no clean clothes or anything - they sprayed febreeze on the clothes rather than washing them. There were a dozen cats pooping everywhere, there was poop down the walls from the cats going up high on the plant shelves near the ceiling! The daughter slept under a mosquito net. DCF came and took the daughter away and shortly thereafter the woman foreclosed on the house. A man bought the house sight unseen on the courthouse steps - boy he must've been in for a nasty surprise.... what a shame. Anyway, we had no idea what this was, I thought she must be on drugs or something to live this way. I didn't know what it was all about until I saw the Hoarders show! It certainly brings awareness to the problem.
Hoarding - Buried Alive begins their new shows on July 8th at 9 . . . . not sure about Hoarders though.
Hoarding: Buried Alive: TLC