funniest thing is, I understand it somewhat. I have 30 pairs of shoes, a collection of 300 CDs and 70gb of MP3s, nobody *needs* that. But shit, I force myself to purge once in a while, throw shit away, donate it, sell it on ebay.
these people have some serious issues. big difference between collecting watches, shoes, etc. opposed to hoarding rotten food.
did any of you guys see the one where the kid collected his dog's hair because he thought if he got rid of it the dog would die. the kid's dad was also an alcoholic and never got rid of his garbage. when they cleaned the house, they got rid of thousands of wine bottles.
One of my neighbors (well, she moved now) is a hoarder. Her place was filled, four-feet-deep! There was a little path about a foot wide meandering through rooms. There was a foot-wide space on her bed for her to sleep. The tub/shower was filled to the top with shit. The oven was filled with balled up aluminum foil. Her garage was filled to the rafters.