Oprah helps hoarding woman remove 75 tons of garbage from inside her 3,000 sq. foot home

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The Oprah Show featured a two part series on the "Secret Lives of Hoarders" this week, and featured two empty-nesters named Sharyn and Marvin. In addition to 75 tons of garbage (that's 15 industrial sized dumpsters), the 100 member clean up team filled more than 1,800 large crates of items from the home, enough to fill three semi trailers.



Oprah with the 1,800 crates in her studio.


More than 75% of the home's furniture was destroyed by black mold and other infestations. Along the way, the clean up team found food from 1994 in the basement, dozens of umbrellas, a long forgotten pool table and thousands of gifts Sharyn had purchased but never given away.



Peter Walsh (left), with Sharyn and Marvin.


It took a little more than 8 weeks to complete what was originally scheduled to be a two week project. Organizational Expert Peter Walsh headed the effort, and after all the unwanted belongings were cleared from Marvin and Sharyn's house, the team rented a gigantic 10,000-square-foot warehouse to hold a rummage sale. The family profited more than $13,000 from the sale, which included more than 3,000 handbags and 3,000 pairs of shoes.



Note - This photo only shows about a quarter of the rummage sale.


Link - with more pictures and video clips from the show, via Oprah.com

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{ There is an amazing lack of hoarders in countries like Haiti and Sierra Leone….only in America }

There are hoarders everywhere in the world not just the US.
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Actually, they did remove 75 tons of trash from the home, in addition to the thousands of pounds of sellable items that went to the rummage sale. According to the information on the site, the couple kept less than 5% of the original "stuff" in the house.
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It wasn't "GARBAGE" (as you use in your title). It was new items that she had shopped for but never used. A small portion of it had been damaged over time.
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To think if these people where to 'horde' their money into a high yield savings account every time they felt the need to buy something...$13K would be chicken scratch.
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Obsessive hoarding is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, which is a form of anxiety disorder.
One of my inlaws and his wife have it. It is unbelievable the amount of crap they have. And every weekend they go garage saleing for more!
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