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    Re: Hoarders (A&E)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gala62 View Post
    My main beef with both shows is that they put this artificial time constraint on the process - two days to clean out. Why? So that they can get lots of DRAMA, of course. It puts everyone under enormous pressure and pretty much guarantees there will be melt-downs. A week would be a better time frame, but that's not going to happen.
    I have a feeling that no matter what time frame you gave a hoarder, they would be working right up to the wire, regardless. Two days is probably cost effective for the production company and also enough time to give them a good push in the right direction. I think that a short deadline like that also helps them to buckle down and work. In some cases - like the ones where CPS is involved - the time frame is often 2 or 3 days to get the house cleaned up before a case worker comes back (true also for the health dept. on some episodes).
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    Re: Hoarders (A&E)

    Those are good points Critical. Especially about CPS. And of course hoarders must be masters at all types of procrastination!
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    Re: Hoarders (A&E)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gala62 View Post
    ITA with all here - hoarding stuff is one thing and certainly is a problem. But these people with dead animals, fly strips that are covered, a frig full of rotting food, broken toilets/bags of feces, etc, etc? THAT's mental illness pure and simple and should be treated as such. These people are not going to benefit from a one-time clean out and a camera-ready "therapist" spouting some pop psychology.


    Agree, I don't think a professional organizer is going to help them much.
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