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05 August 2016 @ 11:07 am
All the junk  
Ok so here are just SOME photos of the mess in the house. These are from the first day I set foot in the house and Chris and I were so shocked by all of this. We have since managed to bag all the clothes that weren't in closets....I think.

The main living room? Where did she sit to watch TV? All the couches are full of garbage. Magazines, papers, thousands and thousand of pens. She would go to doctor's conventions and they'd give her tons of pens. I went on a few at first. It was amusing but then it got ridiculous. Oh and all that Christmas stuff. She was too obsessed with Christmas all year round. I'm glad I missed that obsession. That table. How can you eat there? You can't even sit as the chairs are covered in clothes.

Her den/home office.

My mother never read anything. What was the point of all these stupid books? I was the reader not her. My mother was all about appearances. If you have lots of books you look smart and educated. If you wear fancy clothes you look rich and powerful and pretty. Her and I were so opposite I can not relate to that stuff. I just see negative dollar signs when I look at this crap. It makes me very angry she wasted what would have been mine and now it's my problem.

Master bedroom. There are at least four huge cabinets in here but you'd never know it from all the stupid clothes everywhere. There was a tiny open area on her bed. I guess she slept with all those papers.

Master bathroom. One sink barely exposed. The other is a storage area. You can't use the shower because of the clothes or the tub. How did you shower and wash? At least you could get to the toilet on the right. We cleared this room out at least. Now I have to wash it all down to get rid of all the powder everywhere. I don't wear make up. I think I am naturally beautiful and don't need a clown's mask to look pretty.

I'm trying hard to open a work space to write on that counter top. It's a lovely counter but you'd never know it as you can't see anything.

All this food. I'm going to just have to toss it all. Luckily there's nothing perishable. Just powdered things and canned things. And opening any cabinet or drawer in any room is aweful as everything is stuffed to capacity.

This is what I call The Middle Room. Second worst room in the house after the master. It was a toss up between this and the den but I can actually walk into the den. I can't walk in here. This room we've started to work on and there is some floor space and bed space now. You know how you have to make a mess to clean a mess. That bit of floor is now covered because we had to get to the side first.

Laundry hallway to the garage.

And part of the garage. Two car garage but you can only just barely get one car in. We managed to get Chris's truck in here and he had to climb over it to get in the house. We don't do that anymore. Oh and those two garbage cans are easily filled and it doesn't help.

So this is what I am up against and why I can't put the house up for sale. Things are better now. This was the initial shock of it all but we still have a long way to go. Found out my Jeep won't arrive til tonight so I probably won't get it til tomorrow. So that's annoying to lose another day. So as far as getting another day or rest I don't know if I can as now I'm just anxious to start on things and can't rest. Another wasted day.

actipton80actipton80 on August 5th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
And I thought I was bad. I love Christmas, and our family has a lot of decorations, but they are packed in crates most of the year.

All books $1. (if you feel like it) Goodwill or the library will take what you can't sell. Donate the clothes too. You could probably stock an entire Goodwill with just the stuff in that house.

I'm sure there is a food pantry that would take all those non-perishable items unless they are disgustingly old.
Des: Hummmthagirion on August 6th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
No one was worse than my mother. This is crazy. You're not crazy. Ha, ironic being she was a psychiatrist.
Books at $1 sounds like something worth trying. Half are in Spanish so that will be hard to find buyers. Yeah, I'm going to have to go to different locations because I could probably over run one store with her stuff.
Hum, that's something I should look into.
rollertrollerrollertroller on August 5th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
Now that is what I call a mess, especially with all the clothes! I can see she uses some of her exercise equipment as hangers and she paved one of her walls with clothes in her master bedroom. The middle room looks terrible with all the bags on the bed. It's a shame that the house has been crammed with all of this.

Edited at 2016-08-05 04:06 pm (UTC)
Desthagirion on August 6th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
It's totally ridiculous. I went again today for a short time and made a small amount of progress. Yes the exercise equipment was turned into a hanger as was pretty much any empty surface. We're slowly making progress.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on August 6th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)

Wow...that is so much work for two people to tackle :/ I can't believe the pictures!

Des: Cope trashedthagirion on August 6th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
It's ridiculous. I am doing my best but yes we need more than two people.
Samantha Falco: pic#124861400samanthafalco on August 7th, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
Ugh, this stinks of vanity. That part with the books made me cringe since you said she bought those to look smart. I said I wasn't organized, but my room looks like a castle bedroom compared to that clutter.
Desthagirion on August 7th, 2016 11:28 am (UTC)
That's part of it too. My mother was very proud and it literally cost her in money. Gee she couldn't figure out why she was in such horrible debt. I'm a slob but yes my house is better than this. At least all my rooms aren't stuffed to capacity and I finish my collections after a time. I either get what I want or just quit.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on August 7th, 2016 11:08 am (UTC)
I am glad you got into the house finally but what a big clean up job!
Desthagirion on August 7th, 2016 11:29 am (UTC)
It's a major job. Just so ridiculous. I've had had this house on the market weeks ago if I could.
jokerforeverjokerforever on August 7th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
This is insane, how do you even walk anywhere without stepping on anything? I can't even begin to express my thoughts about those piles of books and neverending clothes, just hoarding them for image. How does anyone live like this? I use to work at a goodwill and always got cluttered and disorganized but even that wasn't as bad as this
Desthagirion on August 8th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
It's crazy. I am so stressed over this. I could have put the house up for sale last month. Now I have to pay mortgage on it. We've gotten a lot out and finally having a vehicle for me will help but my Jeep doesn't hold a lot of stuff so it's not much help anyway as far as emptying the house goes. This could have been so easy if it weren't for this.
kurobafox1412kurobafox1412 on August 14th, 2016 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh god, and I thought my uncle's house I'm living in is bad enough the first days I stepped foot in. See I'm a student who studies overseas, so things were a bit on a rush the first few days. Later on I noticed many canned food and ketchup bottles went past their used-by date. Welp.
But this is what I truly consider a mess. A whole buncha junk like that, pff.
Desthagirion on August 14th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yes it's been bad. I think we're nearly half done now. This is taking a long time to clean and sort. It's been very stressful. Oh that's cool. So you get to travel which I love.
kurobafox1412: pic#126397842kurobafox1412 on August 14th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised that this is taking you two a long time to clean all that up. More than two would do better.
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Des: Owen Painedthagirion on April 12th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh wow super late reply. I just found this after finding another comment here. It was terrible and I am STILL dealing with this. Check the new posts as now it's about emptying the storage units and once that is done our own house that has a lot of this stuff we first started to store and didn't have room for in two storage units. This has been going on since Aug and it feel like a curse that will never end.
Cheezeycheezey on April 12th, 2017 04:54 am (UTC)
Wow! That is a lot of clutter! I'd say stage 2, probably 3 hoarding in some of those rooms. That bathroom, how on earth does anyone need so many cosmetic products? I understand how you can end up with a few too many if you try brands but don't like them and get lazy about throwing them out, but wow, when you have no sink space left and fill up an extra sink... you'd think it would be a clue to toss the stuff you don't use! Never mind having a show that's unusable because of the junk.

And the kitchen, how did she cook anything? There's no counter space available to work on. Why did she need two microwaves? Thank goodness that's an electric stove and not one with an open flame, because otherwise, holy fire hazard, Batman.

It's a shame she let it get to that state because it looks like it was a very nice house underneath all the clutter.
Des: Owen Painedthagirion on April 12th, 2017 12:27 pm (UTC)
I didn't know there were stages of qualification. Well whatever the worst is that's what I would classify her. These photos do not do justice to how bad it was. Both Chris and my realtor had the same reaction when they saw this house on day 1. "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!" Over and over and over with every step they took. Every closet and drawer was stuffed to capacity. The one thing that was interesting is that my old room was the only normal room other than my closet being stuffed. And I suspect she thought I would come home one day and didn't touch that room. Fascinating.

The make up thing. I have no idea. It just makes no sense to me. My mother sucked at cooking but she bought lots of food for cooking. And in the office she had tons of cook books and nutrition books. Too bad she didn't actually use them or read them. She ate badly and was over weight so that contributed to her failing health.

I have to show you the video of once I got this place emptied as it is a beautiful house. Chris and I said we would live there if the neighborhood wasn't such a Nazi villa for rules and regulations.
Cheezey: Funny Facescheezey on April 13th, 2017 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I looked it up but from what I remember there are 4 stages. Stage 4 is a hoard that's basically a biohazard containment area, in addition to too much junk/clutter/crap, like houses full of animal and/or human waste because people are crapping on the floor or animals are just peeing and pooping everywhere and no one is cleaning it up. Also extreme cases of mold and fungus that makes it so people need masks and protective gear. A stage 4 house usually needs to be condemned or gutted because of the damage.

Stage 1 is just the typical house that has too much clutter, but you can still get around easily enough and still use everything. There's just an abundance of junk and these people just need to declutter. Stage 2 is more junk but some things can't be used and spare rooms are piled up, there's too much to clean around easily, and there may be some minor fire hazards like boxes stacked to the ceiling or a window blocked. Stage 3 is when it's so overfull you have little paths or no walkable floor rather than floor space, there is dust and dirt everywhere so it's near impossible to clean, there are furniture and appliances that can't be used because of the junk. There may be unstable piles that could fall and hurt someone, and people probably need masks due to the dust, and it can be dangerous to work in.

I believe the photos don't show the magnitude of it. It's hard to capture just how bad hoarding can be that way. I'm sure you'll be glad to have the nightmare over with.

Edited at 2017-04-13 07:06 pm (UTC)