Posted Mar 30, 2012 @ 5:13 PM
Agree 100%, BasilBee, on the lack of seeing the "big picture", as in I can't take a bath, wash clothes, or have a drink of water in favor of having a bazillion twist ties, empty soda cans, and 17 SailCats. Ugh. Funny that shame plays a part in this, when they usually seem so damned PROUD of their hoard. Like there's "nothing to see here, folks, just move along, move along..."
I recently saw a study about women not reporting heart attack-like symptoms and then DYING as a result because they were afraid to call 911 because they hadn't shaved their legs or their hair was a mess ! Unbelievable, absolutely, but that sounds a lot like the hoarders on this show. They'd rather endure DECADES of no plumbing, water, electricity, etc, than put themselves through the trauma of a home repairman visit.
I have five family members in the home repair business, and believe me, they DON'T care what you look like or what your home looks like !!! They want to get in, fix your stuff, and get out. No harm, no foul if you have ten thousand unopened Ebay boxes or lasagna-clothes goat trails going through your house to the water heater or bathroom. That largesse doesn't extend to the people with roaches, rats, mice, or maggots, of course, as that's SOOOOO creepy, but for most of the hoarders my family members have worked for it was just "junk" and "stuff" and nothing to alert a Hazmat team about.
For those interested, Pittsburgh's KDKA (2) News Channel is doing a piece on a hometown hoarder who's been evicted (again !), and I've heard musings that he may end up on "Hoarders". Not sure if that's true or not, but it would be cool to see the follow-up after seeing the evidence first-hand. It shows how destructive hoarders are to landlords, communities and neighbors. I'd love to see St. Matt come in and set this guy straight...