"We'd like to take the focus off the hoarder
and on to the children and families to get unfiltered, non-judgmental look at hoarding through the eyes of children still living at home."
"I have always known my mum was a hoarder
so I was shocked it had happened to me too," she said.
Mountains of milk bottles built up at a hoarder
These signs may indicate an animal hoarder
, according to the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, which gathered early research on the subject:
When you go into a hoarder
's home and see the clutter and presence of dead animals, you wonder why they can't see it or smell it, Dr.
If you are a hoarder
, you probably began the behaviour during adolescence.
Cory Chalmers, a featured expert on A&E's "Hoarders
" television show and an expert in hoarding and biohazards says that homes of hoarders
are more likely to "have losses created by fire, floods and mold.
Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at the University of New Haven described the difference between a hoarder
and a collector as a "hoarder
has so much stuff that the rooms they're putting it into have lost their functionality completely."
's desk is covered in everything from mugs to old les, and cluttered, but not in a useful way.
Persistence and patience are essential professional qualities, according to Masters, as it may take up to six visits to get inside a hoarder
's house or "we might never get in until there is a crisis of some sort".
Heaven" which aired on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.
Richard Wallace, hopeless hoarder
, is endangering his life with his obsession when he meets gardener Andy Honey, who slowly gains his trust and helps him to clear out over 30 tons of rubbish.