Originally Posted by jabbur
Hoarding is an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Most of the time OCD is thought to be folks who are excessively neat (Adrian Monk character) but there is the other end with hoarding. I live with a hoarder and it is a challenge to keep him in check. He has his areas where he can hoard but I keep the kitchen, the living room and bedroom hoard-free. He doesn't hoard food but mechanical stuff. It can be interesting some of the things he brings home because someone was throwing it out. Heaven forbid a single useable nut or bolt ends up in the landfill! He has gotten better with medication and an awareness of his problem.
Keep him forced out of certain areas. The Hoarder places on the TV show look like a wreck.
One guy living in an apartment who was on the show was told to clean the place up in one week or he was evicted. The cleaners made the place look spotless.
The Food hoarder I posted about was told to clean up or she would have been evicted as well. She made enough progress to stay in the house, but still has a long way to go.