Often people don’t learn about hoarding until the condition reaches the extreme: Piles of items stacked ceiling high, creating pathways through a home.

That image has played out on TV reality shows focused on cleaning out people’s homes.

Hoarding is a disease that affects 1 in 20 people, according to personal organizer Terina Bainter. Bainter owns Puyallup-based Clutter Cutters and is a member of the King-Pierce County Hoarding Task Force. She also is a member of the nonprofit Hoarding Project, focused on raising awareness.

Today’s article focuses on the story of one man who managed to control his hoarding disorder and turn his life around. It looks at:

  • How his house became filled.
  • What inspired him to tackle his hoarding issue.
  • Who helped him with his issue and how they dealt with all of the items in the house.
  • How his home became safe again.


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