From the hoarders mouth: What living with the illness is like

Posted on September 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments
What living as a hoarder is like

Debra’s living room, before the makeover. Picture: Hoarders Source: Supplied

DEBRA is a mother, wife, medical lab technician – and she has been hoarding for as long as any of her kids can remember.

She has filled her house with more than 20,000 pieces of clothing, and run up a $54,000 credit card debt. Home shopping is her biggest temptress, and when she can’t find anywhere to sit amid the piles, she heads out to discount stores, shopping malls, and anywhere she can snag a bargain.

“The piles of clothing in our room sometimes reach the ceiling,” says Raymond, Debra’s husband, who banded together with his sons to clear space in the downstairs room and the kitchen – but couldn’t get Debra to budge on anywhere else.

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