And, I've lost my patience in watching some of these situations. Recently I watched a couple of different episodes of Hoarding: Buried Alive where the mom was the hoarder and the husband and kids had to suffer through it. In one episode, the woman never even acknowledged that she had a problem. The houses were packed; the kids couldn't have friends over... I know the hoarders are mentally ill. If hoarders are living alone, fine. But these hoarders are creating mental illness in the other family members. That doesn't seem right when kids are involved. I know the experts say hoarders will get worse if other people get rid of their stuff -- but, seriously, how much worse could these people get? Their houses are already packed from floor to ceiling. I say, give the hoarder one room (or the garage) to stuff as full as they want. Clear out everything else and let the rest of the family live a normal life.