December 13, 2009 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Individuals with compulsive hoarding tendencies are unable to get rid of unnecessary possessions; they often have years of accumulated clutter. It has become a morbid fascination in American culture and has moved to the forefront of the nation's attention after extreme examples of hoarding appeared in the media. The family of an elderly woman who used to own this house spent many months trying to clean it out and make it organized. A bedroom of the house is pictured in Columbia.

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