I’ve never watched Hoarders before. I have no compulsion to look at people’s dirt and have schadenfreude from the sadness of their lives. However, my friend Kristina was watching Hoarders and telling me about it in horror, so I decided I could give it a chance.
Oh my ever loving God! It was one of the most disgusting things I have seen in my life. I am so grateful I was not there to experience the smell because I would have almost certainly run in the other direction before I ever got to the house. The people featured on this particular episode were animal hoarders. One guy had 26 rabbits in his house. 26 rabbits running loose, even crawling IN THE WALLS of their rental house. That’s right. Not only was it beyond disgusting, it wasn’t even their property. I was completely shocked when the owners didn’t evict them.
The other lady was clearly mentally ill. She was verbally abusive and verged on physical abuse to everyone around her and suffered from a crippling fear of poverty and having nothing. They wanted to take away a goat and chickens from her and she just kept screaming that she paid to feed them and that she’d be left with nothing. She ultimately proved so uncooperative that state forces had to intervene without cleaning her trailer or barn.
I could not understand why they were trying to force life changes on these people instead of giving them the intensive inpatient care that they needed to deal with their issues. It seems so strange to go into a space, say “Oh it’s dirty.” and clean it, when the actual scenario is that the space is dirty because the person has deep psychological issues that need to be addressed before the actual stuff could ever be removed.
I was distressed by the whole experience. It sent me into a bit of cleaning frenzy. Despite my cold nastiness, I cleaned like a maniac for about an hour. The only way I will ever watch that show again is if I need some serious motivation to get my house cleaner, and honestly, I don’t think I would ever wait that long.