Both featured stories on this week's "Hoarders" (Mon., 9 p.m. EST on A&E) were unlike any we'd seen before. Kathleen's hoarding was driven by the death of her husband 25 years ago, but it lead to her keeping some truly odd treasures, like two dead owls that she kept in her freezer since 2000.
The key, though, was that her freezer still worked. In fact, considering how long she'd been hoarding, Kathleen's house was in fantastic shape. She did manage to clean up her four-bedroom house, and it proved to be actually quite beautiful underneath the clutter. Dorothy Breininger said it was the fastest clean-up she'd ever been a part of. And they allowed Kathleen to keep some of her odds and ends, only rather than seeing them scattered around the house, they set up a room like a miniature museum to reflect her love of the natural world.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Scott had accumulated enough things to fill several museums. Across fifty properties, he had countless buildings and trailers filled with things he'd bought at auction. Scott would go to these auctions and just buy everything. His original intention was to turn around and sell for a profit, but he found he couldn't let go. And he couldn't stop buying.
His clean-up process was more about him realizing the severity of his problem -- he was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt with an even larger back-tax burden -- and handing over control of everything to his son Corey. He learned that he could part with things, and he learned that holding onto things for decades can decrease their value. Nobody wants twenty year old car batteries, nor is there much demand for car stereos with built-in cassette players any more.
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