Hoarder ‘created a hell to live in’ surrounded by bottles of her urine

Hoarder, 47, ‘created a hell to live in’ surrounded by bottles of her own urine, cat faeces, and plates of food piled high with maggots that caused her kitchen to become bio-hazard

  • Sally, 47, lives in an 18-storey flat in Dudley, West Midlands, with her cat Custard
  • She calls herself a ‘rubbish hoarder’ and finds it difficult to keep her flat clean
  • Experts spent days clearing her flat only for her to fill it again within two years 
  • In C5’s Hoarders: Buried Alive in my Bedroom, Sally’s two-bed council flat has to be deep-cleaned to prevent her from any threat of eviction

A woman who had to urinate in empty soda pop bottles because she couldn’t reach her own toilet due to piles of rubbish, has been forced to call in the experts once again. 

Sally, 47, lives in an 18-storey flat in Dudley, West Midlands, along with her cat Custard and mounds of rotting, maggot-infested plates of leftover food and clutter.

She says in Channel 5’s Hoarders: Buried Alive in my Bedroom, that the filthy mess she’s accumulated has ‘created a hell to live in’.

Her flat once became so inhabitable that the council had to be called in to do a total deep-clean. However, it’s taken just two years for Sally to refill it with more rubbish, finding herself in the exact same situation. 

Sally, 47, finds herself surrounded by piles of rubbish and clutter after failing to clean up after herself in Channel 5’s Hoarders Buried Alive in my Bedroom

Remnants of leftover food have maggots crawling all over the paper plates which are stacked in the kitchen instead of being thrown away

Sally has let rubbish pile up to such degrees that her kitchen is labelled a bio-hazard by specialist cleaners

She explains that she hasn’t been able to get to her bedroom for years because of a fridge freezer blocking the way

Sally reveals how her mother dying triggered her hoarding and has she has since struggled with the responsibility of taking care of her ailing father.

‘It’s not that I can’t throw stuff away it’s that I can’t be bothered too,’ she explains in the documentary.

‘I class myself as a rubbish hoarder. I did read an article that some people who are hoarders in sense of collective are very bright and intelligent people. I’m not saying I am, but there are people who are.’

Her flat had become such a state previously that she had carpet bugs crawling over her and she hadn’t slept in her bedroom for 13 years. 

‘I started urinating in bottles because I couldn’t get to the toilet in time and had the cats living around me,’ she said.

Sally has let masses of paper plates pile up in her kitchen which she says she just couldn’t be ‘bothered’ to clear away 

She brands herself a ‘rubbish hoarder’ and finds it a struggle to get rid of the junk in her flat which means specialist cleaners have to come and help

Sally’s kitchen is so overrun with empty food packets and paper plates that she even took to making sandwiches in bed, surrounded by mouldy bread and opened jars of food. 

Specialist cleaners Caz and T are called back in and are absolutely dismayed at the abysmal mess she’s in.

‘Sally are you s****ing me right now?!’ asks one.

Sally is admonished by the pair who inform her that because of the filth that has piled up in the kitchen it has to be classed as a bio-hazard.

‘You’ve kept us in the dark Sally. You haven’t mentioned how bad it was, you lied to us,’ they say.

Specialist cleaners Caz and T return to help Sally out and say that they don’t blame her because her hoarding is a mental disorder

They are able to clear out nearly a tonne of rubbish from the flat meaning Sally is able to see clean floors and her couch 

Sally is able to sleep in her bed once again after not being able to access her bedroom for years

‘She didn’t want to disappoint us I suppose. We don’t feel let down because it is a mental health issue. What we are upset about is that the help is there for her and she hasn’t accepted it,’ the cleaners add.

‘I know I make excuses and I shouldn’t,’ Sally laments.

She explains that after the first time she received aftercare counselling for 18 months but once that stopped her bad habits crept back in.

Caz and T work for four days straight to clear out nearly a tonne of junk in Sally’s flat and she promises to keep a daily routine so that she won’t repeat her hoarding mistakes. 

‘It feels absolutely wonderful so much so I was crying about it,’ Sally says as she admires her clean floors, surface tops and her bed once again.

‘After 13 years of wanting to be in here I am in here.’

Faye has battled with OCD and extreme hoarding after moving into her north London flat where she has collected mounds of bargain belongings

Elsewhere in the C5 documentary 40-year-old Faye, from north London, suffers from OCD and depression and has to battle with her own hoarding demons.

Faye has her own ritual when it comes to taking the trash out which involves shaking each item 30 times before it can go in the bin. 

She hoards boxes of out of date food from 2011 and has to learn how to part with her bargains. 

She is encouraged to tackle one room at a time to clear out some of the junk she has been obsessively collecting over seven years following the breakdown of her marriage.

Hoarders: Buried Alive in my Bedroom airs Tuesday on Channel 5 at 10pm

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