08/27/2012 07:39 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2012

'Hoarding: Buried Alive': Woman Has Spent $500,000 On Her Hoard, Filling Custom-Built Home (VIDEO)

Monte had a custom-built, 4,000-sq. ft. home, but she couldn't enjoy any of it. Not with what she estimated was $500,000 worth of stuff strewn about. On "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on TLC), all of those items not only drove Monte into bankruptcy at one point, but they also drove a huge wedge between her and her son.

"Yes, you spoiled me rotten," Monte said he told her. "But I didn’t want all that stuff. I just wanted you."

But after her divorce, Monte was lost in a shopping addiction, estimating that she spent $20,000 on shoes alone. And she certainly showered her son with gifts, but gifts are a shallow substitute for the emotional connection he needed from her.

Her son had a lot of bitterness, saying at one point that he couldn't stand her, but the show proved a success for Monte. She cleaned up her house and cleaned up her act. In a follow-up by ABC News, she admits that she still struggles, but she knows her priorities now. And her son is happy and by her side again in what is now the beautiful custom home it should have always been.

"Hoarding: Buried Alive" chronicles new stories of hoarders every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.

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