Compulsive hoarder and self-described shopaholic Sharyn Dorfman will forever live in "The Oprah Show" hall of fame after shocking viewers with the jaw-dropping images of her chaotic and cluttered house back in 2007.
Millions of viewers watched in disbelief as organizational expert Peter Walsh went in to help Sharyn, who had been hoarding for years. It took Peter and a team of more than 100 people two months to clean out the Dorfmans' house. Under the mountains of mess the team found mold and mice nests, showing Sharyn that her living situation was not only cluttered, but dangerous.
The house was scrubbed from top to bottom, and seven weeks later Sharyn and her husband, Marvin, were thrilled with their clean and pristine new home.
"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" producers decided to check up on Sharyn, who sent an update from her home.
"The way I feel when I watch the show today is I watch it in disbelief," Sharyn says in the above video. "I've watched it many times since 2007. And I really find it hard as I look around my home to believe that I caused all that chaos in my life and in my family's life."
"I believe the underlying reasons for my hoarding probably started when I was very young because I didn't have that much growing up, so when I was able to have things, I enjoyed shopping a lot," she says. "And later on in life when I started losing people in my life, I was filling a void with things."
But the real question on everyone's mind is: Did Sharyn fall back into old hoarding habits after the show?
No -- for the most part, she says. "The aha moment for not returning to my old habits was when I first walked into my home and seeing how beautiful it was, and knowing that I had made the promise -- excuse me," Sharyn says, with emotion in her voice. "I had made the promise to myself and to God that if I could ever get back to where I should be and my house was in order, that I could never go back to my old ways again. And I believe I've done that. I'm not 100 perfect, but I'm pretty well there.
"I still have my faults in a couple of areas," Sharyn says, as the cameras reveal boxes piled up in her garage. "But that's the way that I am," she says.
Sharyn says she's changed her ways since the show. "Shopping is no longer thrilling at all, because I realize I don't need anything. I have everything I need and more," she says.
In 2007, Sharyn said her 5-year-old grandson had never been to her home because of her hoarding. Today, she shares footage of her loved ones coming over for family dinners and her grandchildren running around her house. "The best part of my life today is having my family be able to come into my home," she says.
"I’ve learned from this whole experience that I certainly don’t need anything more than what I have now," Sharyn says. "All I need is the love of my family and friends, and that’s irreplaceable."
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