My First Experience With A Hoarder's House
For years I have worried about my neighbor. Her house is 4,000 SQ feet with a cottage on the property full of furniture. on 10 acres, way too much for an 87 year old widow to keep up with. In fact, too many people think the house is abandon and vandalize it. Last month someone pulled out her AC and all the copper pipe. We are in Florida so AC is essential.
Anyway, last week I drive by her house and freak because there was an ambulance, 2 sheriff cars, fire truck, 3 cars. I pulled up and jumped out of the car, she was on the gurney. The sheriff said that she had chest pains and her car wouldn't start so she was hitchhiking to the hospital!! Yes, she had my phone number with periodic encouragement to call me if she ever needed anything.
Okay, fast forward to today. I stopped by to see how she was doing and what could I get from the store for her. Until today I have only been in her garage and it is stacked to the ceiling with hundreds of boxes and only a small path to the kitchen door. She invited me in and OMG, it was every bit as bad as anything I have seen on the Hoarders TV show!! It smelled so musty. Her bed is a tiny cot in the middle of the living room. It's dark as she doesn't turn on the lights much to save electricity and (horrors) uses candles.
From what I could I see, the bulk of the "stuff" was fake flowers, vases, knick knacks, neatly stacked magazines, extra furniture, and hundreds of dolls.
BTW, I stopped a couple of months ago because I saw her pacing on the edge of the street. Someone had stolen her mail box and she was stressed because she wanted to get her mail from the mailman. She said she had to get the Flyer (our local paper) because she lost her job and needed to find another one!