Next Avenue: Is your parent turning into a hoarder? Here’s what to do

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

The pain and frustration are palpable.

“I hired a maid…[My mother] didn’t talk to me for months. I filled two construction dumpsters full and there was still 2,400 square feet left to clean up. Eventually the maid quit when my dad berated her for throwing away a plate with petrified ketchup gluing a dead mouse to it. That was the last time I tried to ‘help.’”

The comment, posted on a Children of Hoarders website discussion board, provides a glimpse into the daily lives of those with a parent who hoards.

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