Woman Shares Realities of Hoarder House in Viral Video: 'Pure Filth'

A woman has taken to TikTok to show what her deceased sister's home looked like after "50 years of hoarding."

Posting to the app on December 20, Rom Deusson uploaded a video giving a tour of her late sibling's cluttered and dirty house. It has so far been viewed more than 9.8 million times.

The clip shows thick cobwebs on the walls and piles of cat boxes, fans and other dust-coated items.

Speaking over her video, which can be watched here, Deusson explained: "It's been a long time since I uploaded, but I wanted to show you guys something, this is part of what's kept me away.

"This is not my home. This is the home of direct relative of mine who passed away who would not allow us in her house for over 30 years. This is the result of 50 years of hoarding."

In another video, which has been watched 1.7 million times, she revealed the inside of the kitchen, where every surface is covered with items and layers of grime.

Deusson said: "The electrical outlets don't work, the floor is pure filth, the refrigerator is in pieces... but this is the kitchen and it is absolute horror."

An additional clip, which can be viewed here, showcased a corridor. The TikToker highlighted black mold, and pointed to a room that has no ceiling.

Deusson said: "I have my respirator on now as words can't describe the smell"

Captioning a photo montage of the devastation on December 27, the woman wrote: "Raccoons still live in the steamer chests. Took these standing on a dresser bc floor was feces/standing water. Rotted hot water heater is ceiling."

According to mental health charity Mind: "Hoarding is when your need to keep things causes you distress or interferes with your day to day life."

@romdeussen

“Its juat solidified” not “select flight”. I was talking through a mask. #hoarder #hoarders #hoarderhouse #hoardershouse #mentalhealthmatters

♬ original sound - Rom Deussen

While hoarding used to be thought of as form of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) Mind explains: "It is increasingly being recognised that hoarding can be a condition by itself, as well as sometimes being a symptom of other mental health problems."

Researchers currently estimate compulsive hoarding affects 1 in every 50 people in the U.S.

Many people have left comments on Deusson's videos sharing their sympathy including a TikTok user called Lisa, who wrote: "Poor thing....she must have been so tired..."

User7881537622854 added: "My dad was a hoarder...we had to toss everything, don't try to clean until it's empty...put on gloves throw in a dumpster.."

Sascha typed: "God. I wish she had gotten the help she needed. nobody lives like that on purpose."

Septima added: "It's dirty but damn that house was once very beautiful!"

Denise Atkinson-Pere commented: "Obviously this person had some issues but blasting them after they passed away is wrong you should keep this private."

To this, Deussen responded: "I understand how it may look. But SO many of us are in the same boat and no one talks about the aftermath. She would not let us help her. The courts would not let us help her. So we are left with this. And if you are too you arent alone.

"I'm not shaming her. I'm sharing how this affects all involved. It killed her. It angers and saddens me. The hoard is its own entity. Never did I shame her."

Newsweek has contacted Deusson for comment.

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A stock image of a messy kitchen. On TikTok one woman has revealed the shocking extent of her sister's hoarding. iStock