I Love Someone With Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 68 People

    Too Many Hoarders In My Family

    I have just recently had my eyes opened. I knew my mother liked to hold on to things, but over the last several years this has begun to take on a new life. My mother was raised during the depression and I know that this has had an effect on they way she likes to hang on...
    valkrie5 valkrie5
    61-65, M
    4 Responses Jan 10, 2010

    Family Hoarding

    My husband's parents are hoarders and they have passed this on the their 4 children.  The first time I went to visit, I was appauled that anyone would have a seperate building that was full of stuff.  The house is also a cluttered mess.  The extra building was probably 1500...
    1 Response Apr 18, 2011

    How To Approach It

     Wow!  What a loaded title.  That is appropriate on so many levels for the task at hand.  See, the thing is this.  My mom is a hoarder.  While some people watch the A&E show 'Hoarders' in awe, wonder and disgust, I don't wonder at how it happens...
    nrrvous nrrvous
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jan 5, 2010

    Feeling Helpless

    Hi, my name is john. My wife and I have been married for 20 years. When we first got married she was living at home and had accumulated a good amount of clothes which she was able to give to charity with the plan in mind that she didn't want the stuff moving out. It was alot in...
    tjohn093 tjohn093
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jan 12, 2010

    My Mom

    My mom used to hoard animals and things. It was a strange way to grow up surrounded by the filth from the animals and the garbage she collected. I used to get angry with her because I didn't understand why she forced all of us to live in those conditions....I still don't...
    Powderblue Powderblue
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Feb 27, 2010

    Recent Visit To My Hoarding Parents

    Here is my account of the the week I recently spent with my parents who are hoarders"My father doesn't recognize me"I arrived unannounced. I didn't know how capable they would be to pick me up at the airport, so I didn't want to put them out of their way. I just called the house...
    sleepless9212 sleepless9212
    46-50, M
    1 Response Feb 28, 2013

    Living With An Insane Pack Rat

    I think my boyfriend is a hoarder? Or he is absolutly out of control messy. He works outside the home and I run an online business or trying to! He wants the house perfectly neat and orderly when he gets home, but there is much junk of his that I can't keep up anymore, I've...
    eclecticboho eclecticboho
    4 Responses Jun 1, 2011

    Hoarding Help

    I am a producer for NBC and we are currently working on a show about hoarding. I you or anybody you know would be interested in getting help for this problem, please ontact me at 203.564.8464. Thanks Alyson
    3 Responses Sep 21, 2010

    Know A Hoarder In Southern California?

    New tasteful docu-series on a major cable network is looking for people who hoard, and have "inherited" it from their parents. We have a top-notch, licensed therapist who will be helping the family embrace a happy future. You will be compensated for your time, and also receive...
    janesmith12 janesmith12
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 26, 2013

    Feeling Helpless

    Hi, my name is john. My wife and I have been married for 20 years. When we first got married she was living at home and had accumulated a good amount of clothes which she was able to give to charity with the plan in mind that she didn't want the stuff moving out. It was alot in...
    tjohn093 tjohn093
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jan 12, 2010

    Ultimate Hoarding Mess

        My name is josh and i wanted to post the story of the mess my gandparents left behind for me and my parents to clean up its pretty crazy.  My grandparents both passed away within about a year of each other and nobody realized what they had left for us lol...
    king533kc king533kc
    1 Response Sep 12, 2010

    A Shorty Story On Hoarding -- Development

    We are called the sandwich generation -- caught between caring for our parents and our children. But I have no children; nothing to turn my attention from Mom. I just get open-faced absurdity. My thumb is doing calisthenics lifting corners of fashion magazines. The rest of me...
    rockylewis rockylewis
    Nov 21, 2011

    Dude You Don't Even Know

    I don't even know where to start my boyfriend is a hoarder. He has things everywhere. I have packed everything up in plastic containers. His stuff is in closets and takes up most of our home. I have gotten rid of things here and there. They are not useful and take up space for...
    Shaneking Shaneking
    Aug 21, 2012

    Studies On Relationships And Hoarding

    Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting two online studies about the relationships of individuals with OCD or hoarding. Each study involves completing questionnaires online about relationships, emotions, OCD, and hoarding. You must be at least 18 to...
    amyp100 amyp100
    31-35, F
    Aug 16, 2012

    Mom Is A Hoarder :(

    I just realized today after waking up and seeing so much junk all over our house that my mother is a hoarder, I feel like a bandage was ripped from my eyes. Worst part is i don't know how i let it get so bad to the point where everything in this house disgusts me. Now i...
    ToxicBrownies ToxicBrownies
    18-21, M
    Apr 7, 2013

    I Love My Mother

     Upon discovering the A&E show "Hoarders", the Children of Hoarders website and this group I have finally decided to muster up some courage to tell my story.  My mother is a compulsive hoarder. Or at least I think she is. Based on my experience of...
    IronJawedTat IronJawedTat
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Dec 1, 2009


    I have OCD. What'cha expect? I can't help it, & people try to verbally chastize me all the time.
    otad12 otad12
    31-35, F
    Sep 17, 2009

    A Work In Progress (would love some advise)

    I am the youngest of 3 children I am 15. This is the first time I have posted something like this, so here goes. All my life I have grown up in an old home. In my family my father is the main hoarder. I was only recently made aware of what this life eating monster that is my...
    suffocatedathome suffocatedathome
    13-15, F
    1 Response Mar 10, 2010

    Your Clutter Stresses Me Out!

      My mom is a compulsive hoarder. She has become a woman that I know; the woman that took over my mom’s body. It is really sad how my mom lives. I cannot help her. I have tried. I cannot get help for her because I do not have POA and she won’t consent to getting...
    smartchick1 smartchick1
    5 Responses Jun 12, 2009

    OMG I Had No Idea!!

    I googled "compulsive hoarding disorder" after seeing this group on EP and it seemed like a million things clicked at once. My dear friend and neighbor has piles and piles and piles of random, useless junk in his house. Some of the piles in his house are my height or...
    justAmemory2u justAmemory2u
    18-21, F
    Sep 17, 2009

    What Is Compulsive Hoarding?

    "But I might need that one day..."     What is compulsive hoarding? Compulsive hoarding is the accumulation of and inability to discard items that (to others) appear to have no value, such as plastic water bottles, slips of paper, unread mail, and...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Jun 11, 2009

    Spouses/romantic Partners

    Looking for spouses/romantic partners to do this study on relationships. To complete a study for relatives of those with OCD go to: http://psychology.case.edu/research/fear_lab/participate.html
    amyp100 amyp100
    31-35, F
    Oct 30, 2012

    My Hoarding story

    I cannot remember when my mother first started hoarding.  I have been told that she has not always been like this, but to be honest my memories of home now are so crowded with those based around it, that i cannot remember a time before this.  I first really remember...
    littlest littlest
    1 Response Aug 23, 2010

    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
    May 31, 2011

    Hoarding To Get Over Someone's Death

    Someone very close to my boyfriend passed away about a year ago. It was unexpected, and he was not prepared to deal with the consequences of organizing the personal belongings, papers, and property that were left behind. Instead of keeping the items that were of most importance...
    flipgirl6886 flipgirl6886
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jun 15, 2011
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