Growing Up in a Hoarder’s House

Coming Clean

By Kimberly Rae Miller

Of course, as she says in her very good narrative as the child of hoarders, watching television programs about hoarders produced for the amusement of viewers was difficult for her. One can only imagine.

What makes Miller’s autobiographical story standout is that she demonstrates the impact hoarding parents have on her young and adult children. There’s a psychological toll suffered especially by the children, as Miller describes in detail.

Yet, despite everything she went through, she grew up to be a woman who lives life on her own terms and by all appearances has become quite successful. And amazingly through bouts of depression and a suicide attempt, she doesn’t blame her parents; rather, she understands and continues to love them. That perhaps is the most startling and encouraging part of her story.

As for her parents, you might wonder if they escaped their hoarding behavior. The answer, revealed toward the end, is they, at least Miller’s mother, are trying, though hoarding remains a problem for them.

Miller’s memoir portrays a self-reliant woman who instead of carping about her difficult childhood, instead of allowing it to ruin her life, took charge of the situation and now prospers. While not everyone in this or a similar situation may succeed as well as Miller, at least her story will serve to illustrate there is hope and a way out. Everyone else will find it a tale of inspiration. w/c

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