CALGARY- A professional junk removal company is busy hauling garbage out of a Calgary home, calling it the most extreme case of hoarding they’ve ever seen in the city.
They’ve been clearing out the home since Friday, and four truckloads in, they can finally see the furniture that was buried in the living room.
“We actually had to make a path through the kitchen,” explains Bailey, who works for the company. “We actually can’t get too far into the basement because it’s only about a foot from the ceiling.”
The company agreed to help out the homeowner, Grace, who is looking to sell it after living in the home for 35 years.
“Grace didn’t know where to go to for help,” Bailey says. “She knew she needed someone to help her get out from under this house, but company after company said no until finally last Friday she found somebody who said yes.”
Agreeing it’s a ‘major undertaking,’ Grace told Global News she believes someone broke into her home and is responsible for the mess, which fills every nook and cranny. There are even newspapers in the rubble, dating back to the 80s.
Compulsive hoarding is a condition where people simply can’t throw anything away. It can be debilitating, even dangerous.
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The junk removal staff says it sees a couple of cases like this every month.
“We might suggest professional help so this [cleanup] process will continue and is not going to lead to another situation in a different home,” explains Michel Luhnau from 1-800-GOT-JUNK. “[The staff] see how difficult it is, see how the client is struggling to let go of the things that are dear to their heart.”
Grace gets the final say on keepsakes, and while there are tears she says she knows she is doing the right thing.
“It will be a big worry off my mind,” she admits.
The home will likely take the rest of the week to clear out, and the company expects to remove 20 trucks full of garbage.
With files from Doug Vaessen