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I Live With a Hoarder

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    A UK Conviction - A couple in the UK have been convicted for child cruelty. They both received 6-month sentences, suspended for two years. Interestingly, it was made clear in the...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 3 Responses May 11, 2013

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    "It Runs In the Family." - My Momma has a lot of stuff. We have a back room that I have never been able to get in because she has so much crap. Not only her, but also her sister...
    rhawn rhawn 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 4, 2009

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    Should I Give Up Trying To Live In My Home - I really need to hear from some other people who live with a hoarder. My husband hoards hot wheel cars, action figures,lava lamps...
    AnnaLeonette AnnaLeonette 46-50 3 Responses Feb 4, 2013

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    Kids Rooms - One thing my wife can never accept is the idea that when a room gets too messy, it's probably an indication that there is too much stuff in it. Here is a shot of my...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 29, 2013

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    This Is My Bedroom - Some of the worst areas of the house are the ones where people don't visit, mainly our bedroom and the garage.This is a shot of our bedroom from about 18...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 29, 2013

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    Hello,I live with my husband for over 10 years and had no idea what was the problem ,until I've watched a show on tv. My husband is a hoarder since the day I've meet him but I...
    ManuelaL ManuelaL 31-35, F Feb 12

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    My Mother Is A Hoarder. - One of the most vivid memories from my childhood was me sitting in the middle of a cluttered living room with my mother painting a picture. While I was...
    rainy1791 rainy1791 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 12, 2013

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    I Love Big Daddy, But......... - I can't take it.  The man refuses to throw anything away! I have tried to sneak stuff in the trash, he will actually dig through the trash to...
    natashamarie natashamarie 41-45, F 5 Responses Jun 4, 2010

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    Hoarding: The Nightmare I Can't Run From -           I grew up in a house with my grandmother, and mom. My grandmother took the place of my dad, and my mom got in to...
    firespirit2525 firespirit2525 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 1, 2011

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    *sigh* - I live with my boyfriend and his mother. So recently we decided we wanted to move, and started looking for a new house. We finally find one, and its perfect. Small, and...
    lastleafoffall lastleafoffall 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 6, 2009

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    This Is My Dining Room Table - One of the biggest places we fight about is the kitchen counter and the dining room table. The table hasn't been available for most of the last 5 or...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    Mother In Law Is A Hoarder - I just had a baby and had agreed to move in with my in-laws. I knew visiting her that she was messy but did not realize until you live with someone do...
    feistypepper feistypepper 26-30, F Nov 19, 2012

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    Wasted Years--never Seems To End - This is my story. Initially I posted it as a response to another member's post. Sorry, I wasn't familiar with the site layout... I have lived...
    CAshley2012 CAshley2012 46-50, F 9 Responses Feb 5, 2012

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    My Husbands Hoarding Is Driving Me Crazy, Mentally, Physically And Spiritually - We live in a gorgeous 1840's home, with a huge carriage house and a poultry house. EVERY building...
    amaranthusc13 amaranthusc13 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2013

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    I Am So Unhappy - My mother is supposed to be living with me and helping me financially ..but she is a hoarder who wont admit it. I realized the problem when I wanted to throw away...
    Helpdeenewme Helpdeenewme 31-35 1 Response Dec 6, 2012

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    Shes A Pyscho Anything From Newspapers To Dogs. - I cant rember when it started i was too young the house just started filling with boxes and junk no real place for anything if you...
    dixie86 dixie86 26-30 3 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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    Ruin - I think I have to throw my gf out. We've been living together for 4 years and the clutter is worse now than when we first moved in together. Every room and 2 garages are...
    NorthernNoise NorthernNoise 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 22, 2013

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    This Is The First Chapter... - I joke with my wife that I am being buried alive... but it is the truth. What do I do? My house is becoming unmanagable. Our house is not unclean...
    temp10z temp10z 36-40, M 5 Responses Feb 20, 2011

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    My Husband Can't Throw It Away! - My story is certainly not as torturous as some I have read.  However, it has taken me years to realize that my constant struggle to manage...
    nmgrl51 nmgrl51 56-60 2 Responses Oct 31, 2010

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    Any Help - on how to live with a hoarder.  husband constantly accuses me of thowing away good stuff and giving away good stuff. gets angry and very upset. the house is under...
    nmremss nmremss 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2011

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    Drownding! - New here and looking for some support. My wife of 33 years has turned to Thrif Store shopping for entertainment and to fill some missing need in her life I can't...
    Smurfys5 Smurfys5 56-60, M 3 Responses Jan 2, 2013

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    This Is My Garage - This is a shot of my garage from last year. My concern here was that, in addition to blocking the exit door, she had piled boxes up against the gas furnace and...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    Hiya my mum is a hoarder we live in a 5 bedroom frm house and the tidiest room in the house is my two little brothers room that got to show how bad it is right? I have actually...
    cazzajam123 cazzajam123 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    Mother Hoards - While not as bad as some people whom I've seen, my mother is perhaps a mild hoarder. In short, she has way, way too much crap and refuses to dispose of anything. I...
    StrawberryPocky StrawberryPocky 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2010

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    3 yrs ago we got a mortgage on a home i new his mom was a hoarder he swore he was organized and a clean person well my living room looks like a storage unit we got into a lot of...
    alicegingrich alicegingrich 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    I Can'T Change Him - I live with a "friend" that holds on to anything broken or of any use. We have broken tables, box fans, xbox's, televisions, computers and random parts, you...
    doscal doscal 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 21, 2013

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    I Used To ..... - My (soon to be) ex-wife started collecting used books to sell about eight years ago. Until then I would say our house was cluttered, but not unmanagable. I could...
    AlaskanStranger AlaskanStranger 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 16, 2010

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    My Partner Is A Compulsive Hoarder - Sounds trivial doesn't it? "We all hoard stuff," you're thinking. That's true but the way my wife hoards is different. Firstly, the buying...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 3 Responses Feb 24, 2012

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    Teen Hoarders - I have been living with teen family members. I am the guardian and I know that they have experienced trauma but I cannot take living like this. I have tried all of...
    JES60 JES60 61-65 1 Response Jun 8, 2013

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    Scared For My Mom...& Me - My Mom is a hoarder. I had no idea how bad it had become till I moved home 4yrs ago. For the past 15yrs, she had not let me visit her home. When I...
    PrayerLady PrayerLady 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 21, 2012

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    I Don't Know What To Do.. - So, just recently I've made a living situation at my moms house where I stay mainly with my boyfriend through the week and weekend, but twice to three...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 3, 2013

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    Baby Steps Towards Divorce... - Just in case anyone suspected this was a quick process... I've just got through another cycle with my solicitor. He approves of my "verification...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 1, 2013

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    Live Ammo And Mouse Droppings - I've live with a hoarder friend who isn't nearly as bad as the one's on tv. But I still have a lot to contend with. Thankfully I am moving soon. I...
    sunnyKid sunnyKid 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 19, 2013

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    Wits End - My boyfriend of 6 years is a hoarder. The last 3 years has become a problem. I can't even go into our bedroom as it makes me have anxiety. My driveway looks like a car...
    frustrated1968 frustrated1968 41-45, F 7 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    Living In A Landfill - Twenty years ago I thought I had found my soul-mate. We had such a fun life and so much fun together. When I met him, he had lots of boy toys which I found...
    MentalRemix MentalRemix 56-60, F 7 Responses Jan 2, 2013

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    My best friend offered to let me stay at her place until I get on my feet, and I am super grateful but she is a hoarder. She doesn't think she has a problem. When I first moved in...
    fargomum fargomum 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    There's Just Too Much **stuff**! - We moved in with my boyfriend almost 3 years ago, with only our treasures (22 boxes for 5 of us). He cleared a room out for all our stuff. In...
    Sylvie66 Sylvie66 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    Tlc's Hoarding: Buried Alive Looking For New Partipants - Discovery Studios is currently looking for participants for TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, an hour-long documentary...
    tlchoarding tlchoarding 26-30, F 2 Responses May 31, 2011

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    I live with my boyfriend, his aunt and elderly grandmother. His aunt hoards everything she can get her hands on and she also has severe OCD and possibly bi-polar disorder. She...
    DeeLu2012 DeeLu2012 22-25, F Jan 27

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    So Why Am I Going For Divorce - So why am I trying for divorce now... We did briefly go together to a hoarders support group. And it helped bring home to me some truths about my...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 12 Responses Nov 27, 2012

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    I Think I May Live With A Hoarder - My boyfriend and I have been dating about 3 years. Aside from other issues, I believe he suffers from hoarding. It's steadily gotten worse. It's...
    thingsicantsayinperson thingsicantsayinperson 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2012

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    Why Don'T Hoarders Just Throw It Out? - I'm a big fan of the series, Hoarders: Buried Alive. My wife insists she is not a hoarder, because we don't have rats or roaches. But I...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    My Stbx Hoards - Any Advice? - I live with a hoarder. YOu can read more of my stories on "ILIASM" here on EP, to get the background to what's going on. Basically two kids, he's on...
    zsuzsilowinger zsuzsilowinger 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 20, 2012

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    Looking To Help Families And Individuals Declutter And Clear. Do You Know A Hoarder We Can Help? - ARE YOU A HOARDER? Is it starting to affect your health, job and social life? Or...
    Annabelle2020 Annabelle2020 22-25 1 Response Sep 9, 2013

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