Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Hoarders would probably agree that it’s one of the most intriguing shows on the air. Each episode of the show follows a person who suffers from compulsive hoarding disorder. Due to this condition, they are unable to get rid of even the most minuscule items. However, this goes beyond just holding on to old trinkets and clothes that no longer fit. Many of these hoarders are living in complete filth, surrounded by rotting food, feces, and sometimes dead animals. The goal of the show is to help people clean out their homes while also assisting them in developing new habits. When the show ends, viewers are left wondering if the person was actually able to maintain their new level of cleanliness. Fortunately, however, A&E has released several updates on some of the show’s most memorable people. Keep reading to see five interesting “where are they now?” stories from Hoarders.
1. Patricia – Season 10
As you can imagine living with a hoarder probably isn’t the most pleasurable experience. Needless to say, hoarders often have very strained relationships with the people in their lives and Patricia was no exception. When she appeared on the show during season 10 her house was full of all sorts of random items. To make matters worse, Patricia owned not 1 – but 3 homes. Her boyfriend, Bill, had gotten increasingly frustrated with her hoarding habits. This worsened during filming when Patricia continued to refuse to throw things out. Although her home was significantly less cluttered by the end of the episode, it appears that she wasn’t able to abandon her old ways. A Facebook post revealed that Patricia began hoarding again. Facebook also noted that she passed away in 2020 and her daughter sold many of her items through Facebook Marketplace.
2. Sandra – Season 9
Even if you’re not a hoarder, you know that the more space you have the more likely you are to fill it with things. For hoarders, however, this is taken to the extreme. During season nine, Sandra Cowart became a prime example. She lived in a four-story 31 room mansion that was completely full of stuff. When the episode aired, it became one of the most talked-about in Hoarders history. Ultimately, Sandra ended up losing the house but the new owners agreed to let her finish cleaning her stuff out. The house has since been completely restored and now operates as a bed and breakfast.
3. Shanna – Season 6
Shanna’s episode of hoarders was one of the most shocking the series has ever seen. Some viewers were even brought to tears by the conditions the two women were living in. Not only were they surrounded by a bunch of trash and junk, but they also were also hoarding human waste. Shanna was eventually dubbed “The Poop Lady” by many viewers. Although it’s unclear exactly what Shanna has been up to since the show, we do know that the house she was living in was completely renovated and sold. A Reddit user named Remarkable_Rub_9067 started that they believe Shanna still lives in Washington.
4. Carol – Season 11
One of the problems about hoarding is that it isn’t just a problem because of aesthetics. Hoarding can also be dangerous. For starters, having your home crammed to the ceiling can be a fire hazard. It can also make it impossible for first responders to enter the home in case of an emergency. On top of that, lots of hoarders’ homes are filled with mold due to their inability to clean or remove certain items. In Carol’s case, her compulsive hoarding had become a problem for her husband’s health. Still, Carol was not interested in throwing things away. Although the three-story mansion had been decluttered by the end of the episode, Dave and Carol didn’t really get their happy ending. Dave passed away shortly after filming, and Carol ended up losing the house.
5. Nathan – Season 9
Nathan started hoarding when he was a teenager. Like most people, the habit initially developed as a way to cope with difficult things he was dealing with. However, by the time he appeared on the show, he was 34 years old and living in squalor. Not only did he resist throwing anything away during the process, but when the house was finally clean he wasn’t a fan of the outcome. However, after the initial shock wore off it appears that Nathan got serious about his recovery. In an update in 2017, he revealed that he had turned his life around. A Twitter profile that appears to belong to Nathan also suggests that he is still doing well.