Saturday, January 9, 2010

Maryland Hoarder Asks For Help

By: Lindsey Mastis

It can be difficult to throw away Christmas cards, old bills, and magazines, but for some people, keeping these items becomes a hoarding obsession.

"Its a combination of papers, books, magazines, because I'm an avid reader," said Marilee White.

She lives by herself and has five cats to keep her company, but most people aren't allowed inside because of the clutter.

"I just let things pile up, and pile up, and pile up," she said.

In her kitchen, there is barely room to prepare food. Her home office contains boxes, books and papers. In the upstairs bedroom, her cats have used old magazines as a litter box, and she sleeps on the couch in her living room.

"The bedroom is the worst room in the house in so far as paper, and it sort of drove me out of the bedroom," she said.

Marilee has fallen several times, tripped down her stairs and even broke several toes. She knows her home has become a hazard..." More & video