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    Hoarders

    i'm sure some of you have seen the show "hoarders" on A&E. i have personally come across these types of people and was wondering if any of you guys had any stories to tell if you've had to perform a install or service for any of these folks.

    i am absolutely fascinated by this disorder!
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    I'm the dead opposite! Drives my wife crazy! If I look at sumpthin for too long..... it becomes trash.
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    My brothers somewhat that way. And I have a good friend that he and his wife are that way. Last time I visited them I had to sleep on the living room couch because every single room is filled with stuff they collect. Every single room!

    Back in DC I use to run into tenants that were hoarders. Especially the older folks who live alone. I think it is there way of hanging on to the past. No rotten food or that kind of stuff....just tons and tons of stuff.

    I've know a guy in Settle, come to think of it, that is the same way. He wanted to buy a house but didn't have the money for the down payment. His new wife made him go through all his boxes inside and outside of his present house and he found $10,000 in cash that he forget he had. So he purchased a new house.
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    my father-in -law was that way. He was a welder. I am still hauling scrap metal off. Used lawn mower blades, bed rails, window unjts, about 30 cars, old welding tanks, propane tanks, aluminum framed windows, old tools, 2 buses, chainsaws, old trailers, boats, about 30 boat motors and lots more. I inherited an iron mine. At least its got some value.

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    I can not stand a dirty home. It's disgusting.

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    I've been in a couple styles of horders houses.

    1st style is the kind who just never use the garbage... rotten food everywhere, soda cans all over, litter box's that weren't used for years because the cat wouldn't even step foot in them.
    Those are the worst by far.

    the 2nd style is the people who keep "stuff", it's not really junk, but they sure don't need it. You know, 2-3 microwaves, a dozen toasters, all work, or can be fixed but never do get fixed. Those aren't as bad, I can stand clutter better than rotten stuff.

    I go in phases. Sometimes I hang onto stuff with intentions of fixing it or giving it to someone who needs it... but other times you'd better hang onto the clothes you're wearing because that's liable to go in the garbage if you're not careful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotts View Post
    I'm the dead opposite! Drives my wife crazy! If I look at sumpthin for too long..... it becomes trash.
    ha I am the same I hate clutter. Everytime my wife goes out of town she wonders how mnuch crap will be missing when she gets home. The lady at the dump knows mne by name now. I am there almost every weekend

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    In addition to some of the cat ladies we have under contract, we have a few hoarders too. There's one lady who comes to mind who seems to have every newspaper ever printed in her house. From the front door there's a path lined with newspapers to everywhere in the house. If they ever fell on you while you were navigating the trail, you'd be dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Chesapeake View Post
    In addition to some of the cat ladies we have under contract, we have a few hoarders too. There's one lady who comes to mind who seems to have every newspaper ever printed in her house. From the front door there's a path lined with newspapers to everywhere in the house. If they ever fell on you while you were navigating the trail, you'd be dead.
    Yea, ya gotta love the goat paths back to the funace......don't drop a tool....it will disappear FOREVER.
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    had a customer whos kids came home and asked why there mom cleaned the garage out...messed up thing was there was still no way to get to the fau took us an hour to move all the crap

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    I tend to be the opposite, if I havent touched an item in over a year i'll throw it away, sometimes i'll try and sell it but I'd rather not deal with the hassle. Monday the garbage company is coming for a free large item pick up this weekend I'm going to be going through the house looking for something I dont use anymore.

    A clean house is a happy house. I dont want to piss my house off, it'll do things to me that I dare not want to think about.
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    I love my messy dirty house. It's so great when you're done eating to just toss the dirty plate on the floor. You guys should try it sometime. It gives you much more time to sit and watch tv.

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    I have a couple of tenants that are like that, One little old lady has a path to each room, took her 3 hrs to widen the path to her kitchen so I could replace her stove, then she still had the oven and bottom drawer full of canned foods. Sometimes when I open up furnace room doors they are crammed full, I just tell them to call when it's cleared out or leave a note to clear it out. When I worked at John Deere in parts dept. If we didn't sell it in a years time don't stock it, I've adopted that thinking at home to, now that we moved to an apartment it's even shorter.

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