The hoarder reduced to living in a space the size of a closet after filling every room in his apartment with junk
07:29 GMT, 17 July 2012
TV hoarding expert Rebecca Beaton may have come across her most severe case yet.
In the latest episode of TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive, the psychologist visits Randy, a 55-year-old hoarder from Northern Ohio.
The only accessible space in Randy's apartment is a small nook he has carved out for himself. To access other rooms he has to climb over piles of stuff in order to move around.
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Almost inaccessible: Randy has to climb over large piles of stuff to access other parts of his apartment
An amazing mess: 55-year-old Randy has been compiling stuff for the past 20 years
Most rooms in his apartment aren't accessible at all anymore and his kitchen hasn't been used in 'quite some time.' The only space Randy can actively use is about the size of a closet.
On the show Randy says he's not sure why he hoards, but that 'it's almost like an addiction.'
Dr Beaton, who has helped other hoarders on the show, deemed Randy a 'level five' hoarder, the worst kind.
Doesn't throw anything out: 55-year-old Randy has been living as a hoarder
Endless piles: Dr Rebecca Beaton tries to make her way through 20 years worth of stuff
'I think I am a little obsessive compulsive,' Randy said.
the course of more than 20 years, the amount of stuff in Randy's
apartment has become 'a maddening mess,' he said during the episode.
Climbing over piles of stuff, Dr Beaton said she was 'overwhelmed'.
'It keeps going,' she said in disbelief as she looked left and right. 'Oh there's no way. Oh my gosh.'
Backed into a corner: extreme hoarder Randy can't use most rooms in his apartment and is confined to one small nook for sleeping
Dr Beaton said that this was the first time she had seen an apartment filled with clutter from wall to wall.
Other recent examples featured on the
show included one man raising two infants in cluttered trailer park and
a war hero with an obsession for military equipment and memorabilia.
During the episode, clean up crews took out the majority of the clutter. In total, three dumpsters were filled.
Despite the clean up effort, Randy moved out of his apartment. Reportedly, his new apartment was still free of clutter a month after moving in.