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I Live With a Hoarder

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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 cocaine. I was born in '82. The house we lived in has two floors, a big open finished basement, where my mom, younger brother, and I lived. The...
    firespirit2525 firespirit2525 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 1, 2011

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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 disability, I lost my job 2 years ago and am a student. We separated this summer, but he still lives in the basement. And hoards...
    zsuzsilowinger zsuzsilowinger 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 20, 2012

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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 came home for vacations, she always met me somewhere else. She said it was messy & refused help; but I didn't know. 1 of the...
    PrayerLady PrayerLady 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 21, 2012

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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 daughter's room from 2003: You can see that the shelves are filled up, and there is basically no room for her to...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 29, 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 gas water heater:Some time in 2012, I started to change the way I thought about this mess, probably because I started...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 5 Responses 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 never realized until lately.I love mu home to be nice and clean ,it just makes me feel very sad and angry and depressed knowing that...
    ManuelaL ManuelaL 31-35, F Feb 12

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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 think her problem is more she likes to throw stuff in random spots and then not pick it back up or throw it away...
    StrawberryPocky StrawberryPocky 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2010

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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 bring it back in the house and then rant and rave about how I don't respect him or his things. HELP!!!!!!!
    natashamarie natashamarie 41-45, F 5 Responses Jun 4, 2010

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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 a bag of shoes with no mates. She almost hit me when I wanted to throw the bag away. She already took up every space...
    Helpdeenewme Helpdeenewme 31-35 1 Response Dec 6, 2012

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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 recognises her issues and the dangers that the hoarding could pose as well as the damage is has done physically to the house...
    DeeLu2012 DeeLu2012 22-25, F Jan 27

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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 get the car into the garage, we could have guests over, and I could walk around the house in the dark without...
    AlaskanStranger AlaskanStranger 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 16, 2010

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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 the reward and/or punishments recommended by therapists and nothing makes any difference. Most therapists say...
    JES60 JES60 61-65 1 Response Jun 8, 2013

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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 is hoarding a problem for someone you know? READY FOR CHANGE? The award-winning TwentyTwenty Television wants to hear from hoarders, and those close to them, for a new series of the Channel 4 show...
    Annabelle2020 Annabelle2020 22-25 1 Response Sep 9, 2013

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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 wife's condition and our relationship. So in the light of that, it has to be divorce because - I'm worried that: 1) My son is missing...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 12 Responses Nov 27, 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 moved anything would start an argument that would last for hours so its best just to leave alone. we live in a large house with lots of land and out...
    dixie86 dixie86 26-30 3 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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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 I washed dishes, cleaned the living areas, picked up tons of cat and dog dung with the best intentions. No matter how much I cleaned the mess...
    fargomum fargomum 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 11

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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, stickers, magazines, misc. toys, and bits of paper (notebooks) basically everything. I married him 5 years ago and he lived in a small one room...
    AnnaLeonette AnnaLeonette 46-50 3 Responses Feb 4, 2013

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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 times a week I stay at her house. Long story short, when I was a kid her house was spotless. I could play in the living room...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 3, 2013

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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 control because i will not have that going on. his anger is what i am tired of and is wearing me down along with the...
    nmremss nmremss 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2011

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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, room and even the yard are filled with mountains of stuff! I have spent countless hours, days, cleaning and organizing, only to have him fill all the 'empty' spaces back up with in...
    amaranthusc13 amaranthusc13 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 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 and her mom and many Aunts are just like her. When I was cleaning my room, Mom and I used to fight about what I wanted to keep...
    rhawn rhawn 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 4, 2009

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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 of the truth of the petition" - with particular emphasis on the input for box 6, where I have to vouch for a degree of separateness...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 1, 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, but she feels the need to bring home more and more each day. The garage has become her personal garbage pit, each room space for...
    temp10z temp10z 36-40, M 5 Responses Feb 20, 2011

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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 not to the point where he saves animal feces or anything but just regular cleanliness is an issue. Like, for a long time I wasn't...
    thingsicantsayinperson thingsicantsayinperson 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2012

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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 lot and the basement, I can't even talk about. The other rooms I MAKE sure they stay tidy. But I am in a no win...
    frustrated1968 frustrated1968 41-45, F 7 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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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 fullfill. The kids have moved out and with in several months of them leaving, they can't come back because there...
    Smurfys5 Smurfys5 56-60, M 3 Responses Jan 2, 2013

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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 packed with her stuff. When I remove anything and she discovers I did I get ignored for days. Part of me...
    NorthernNoise NorthernNoise 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 22, 2013

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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 out in the country. I had known for a long time that his mother had a lot of things, but I don't think I...
    lastleafoffall lastleafoffall 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 6, 2009

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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've noticed that hoarders seem oblivious to the dangers inherent in hoarding. The other day I had to move a rotting box in the back...
    sunnyKid sunnyKid 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 19, 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 you really get to see the big picture. She is a hoarder of anything deemed "useful" which really isn't and she is a major food...
    feistypepper feistypepper 26-30, F Nov 19, 2012

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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 and hoarding are only the most obvious signs of an all-consuming mental condition that mediates her responses to her family and anyone else...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 3 Responses Feb 24, 2012

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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 that time, I have found 3 boxes of old girlfriends personal stuff; receipts for cars that haven't run in 8 years; 38 boxes of his Dad's...
    Sylvie66 Sylvie66 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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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 painting, my dad was running around the house throwing old newspapers all over the floor and screaming at my mother to "clean up...
    rainy1791 rainy1791 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 12, 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 months ago:My problem here is that it is not possible to easily reach parts of the room, because the pathway is blocked with...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 29, 2013

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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 6 years, so we stopped having meals together as a family.   The kitchen counter is also full of junk too.  I eat most of my...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 2 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 moved into a caravan outside the house with my boyfriend of 4years who has never stepped foot into my house I will upload photos to show you the...
    cazzajam123 cazzajam123 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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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 name it. There's random liquor bottles that he won't throw away because they're "memories." He has clothing he doesn't...
    doscal doscal 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 21, 2013

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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 series on compulsive hoarding. We’re seeking people who are willing to open up their lives and homes to share their stories. If you struggle with hoarding and...
    tlchoarding tlchoarding 26-30, F 2 Responses May 31, 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 all the stuff my husband collects and saves has drained and exhausted me.  I do not let things get totally gross or unhealthy, but...
    nmgrl51 nmgrl51 56-60 2 Responses Oct 31, 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 fights due to his clutter and unorganized ways i'll ask him to clean up his clutter and he will throw a temper tantrum walk out the front door...
    alicegingrich alicegingrich 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 28

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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 with a hoarder for 25 years, and sometimes I think I have lost my mind as well. It has caused me serious loss of self-esteem. I am...
    CAshley2012 CAshley2012 46-50, F 9 Responses Feb 5, 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 think she qualifies as a Level 3 hoarder, which is someone who collects things that don't have any perceivable value, and who has portions of...
    Western44 Western44 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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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 court reporting that it was the wife who acquired the clutter, just as my wife does, but they both got the same...
    londonwestman1 londonwestman1 51-55, M 3 Responses May 11, 2013

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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 fun. Now I can't believe all the things he has accumulated over the years. When I first moved in with him, his house was...
    MentalRemix MentalRemix 56-60, F 7 Responses Jan 2, 2013

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