Inside a hoarder home in Oregon


BOYCOTTING THE FLOOR SESSION TO BLOCK THE BILL FROM HEADING TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK. THEY SAY THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BILL THAT GUARANTEES THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON EDUCATION. DEMOCRATS SAY IT WOULD PROVIDE A FLOW OF STEADY INCOME TO AREA SCHOOLS. DAN: TONIGHT WE’RE TAKING YOU INSIDE A HOARDER HOME, THE ROOMS FILLED WITH FIVE FEET OF CLUTTER AND TRASH. JENNIFER: THE VIDEO YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE MY DISTURBING SOME PEOPLE. JENNIFER DOWLING GOES INSIDE WITH THE HOME WITH A LOCAL COMPANY THAT’S RESCUING HOARDERS AND HELPING THEM RESTORE THEIR LIVES. REPORTER: A TEAM FROM STERI-CLEAN IS DIGGING IN IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. I LIVED IN THE HOUSE WITH ITS PATHWAYS FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND HALF. REPORTER: IT WAS BECOMING A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. THEY ALLOWED US INSIDE HER WORLD TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO GET HELP. IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO LET ANYBODY IN BECAUSE OF HOW EMBARRASSED I WAS. REPORTER: RESTORING HOARDER HOMES IS CHRIS’S PASSION. HE CALLS THIS A LEVEL HIGH — LEVEL FIVE CORD. — LEVEL FIVE HOARD. REPORTER: WE STARTED BY GOING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. THE RECLINER WAS CALLED THE NEST, THE ONLY OPEN SPOT IN THE ROOM. I WILL SHOW YOU THE RESTROOM AREA. YOU CANNOT EVEN GET IN. REPORTER: YEAR THE BACK OF THE HOUSE, THERE WERE MORE BEDROOMS AND AN OFFICE, COMPLETELY FULL OF STUFF AND DIFFICULT TO GET THROUGH. THE KITCHEN WAS A FIRE HAZARD. THINGS ARE GOING TO FOLLOW. THAT IS THE NATURE OF THE BEAST. HUMAN WASTE, ANIMAL WASTE, MOLD AND MILDEW. REPORTER: THEY STARTED AT THE FRONT DOOR. SOME STUFF COVERED IN RODENT FECES. IT CREATES A HAVEN FOR RODENTS. REPORTER: A DIFFERENT JOB, THEY FOUND NEARLY 20 IN THE HOUSE. — IN THE COUCH. WE SAW RATS SHOOTING OUT. REPORTER: YOU REALLY WANT TO WEAR A MASK IN HERE BECAUSE THE DUST HAS BEEN KICKED UP FROM ALL THE MOVEMENT OF THE ITEMS IN THE HOUSE. IT IS LIKE SOLVING A MYSTERY. THIS NEWSPAPER BURIED AT THE BOTTOM OF A PILE THAT SAYS DECEMBER 2015. IS ABOUT A TRAGIC EVENT THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THEIR LIFE. MY HUSBAND PASSED AND I DID NOT FEEL LIKE DOING ANY OF IT. REPORTER: SEARCHING FOR FAMILY TREASURES. WE FOUND KEY AND A DOLLAR BILL. REPORTER: THEY UNCOVERED IN IMPORTANT TOPICS IN THE RUBBLE. HELPING THE CLIENT FOR WHAT SHE HAS TO TOSS AND SAVE. IS EMOTIONAL. REPORTER: THE TIME LAPSE SHOWS THE CREW CLEANING THE LIVING ROOM. I THINK I AM MAKING GOOD PROGRESS WITH ALL THEIR HELP. REPORTER: AFTER SORTING, THE NEXT STEP IS SANITIZING. IF YOU ARE DOING TOILET HANDLES AND THAT KIND OF STUFF, IT IS ON THE BACKSIDE OF IT. REPORTER: IT TOOK ABOUT THREE DAYS TO GET THROUGH THE PROJECT. NOW SHE CAN GET BACK TO SOMEONE. THE EARLIER YOU CAN GET STARTED ON IT, THE BETTER. WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO TO HELP FAMILIES AND CLIENTS, WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE IN A MINUTE IS VERY FULFILLING. JENNIFER: I GIVE EVERYBODY A LOT OF CREDIT NEST AWAY. THE HOMEOWNER GAVE US PERMISSION. DAN: MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT WILLING TO SHARE THAT PART OF THEIR LIVES. JENNIFER: THERE ARE ABOUT 3 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE CONSIDERED COMPULSIVE HOARDERS. DAN: IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP, WE’VE POSTED INFORMATION FOR YOU ON KOIN.COM, YOU’LL ALSO FIND SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE THINGS STERI-CLEAN HAS SALVAGED INCLUDING 105 REMOTES FROM A SINGLE HOME, AND WE HAVE EXTRA INTERVIEWS FROM THE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO ARE HELPING HOARDERS, THAT’S

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