Before & After Photos of Backyard


Two weeks ago, the back yard was littered with empty Rubbermaid and Sterilite plastic bins. Over Christmas week, John along with a day worker emptied the contents of all the bins in the rear of the property. On a warm spring day we placed half of the empty bins on the curb. People stopped and took them. The other half of the bins from the back of the property were strewn everywhere. The remaining bins that were still full were stacked to the side of the house and behind the shabby addition. A couple of weeks ago, the full bins sat on the property and I was not a happy camper. It was two months past the deadline date in the contract and I had now put my foot down.

IMGP2619I had ordered another Blosenski 30 yard dumpster to literally throw the remaining stuff in the bins OUT. By throwing the contents out, we could finalize cleaning up the yard, empty the hoard in the shabby addition in preparation for tearing it down. But Bill stymied my plan. He said he had to go through all of the bins and take what was of value to him. Of course, this was another delay. Meanwhile, the dumpster, which is expensive, sat in the driveway– almost empty– so that Bill could come over and pick through each bin over several days. Thankfully, Blosenski gave us a few extra days.


And that is what happened. Bill came over and picked through all the bins seen here at the back of the addition as well as the bins along the fence line to the right of the addition (above photo).


The after photo…the bins are finally gone.


This is 1/2 of the empty bins. As I mentioned the other half were given away at the curb. I took this photo from Bill’s upstairs bedroom looking over the roof of the addition.


With the exception of some bins to the left and clustered around the shed, the vast majority of bins are GONE. This is how the backyard looks now. The forsythia and cherry blossom trees have exploded.

IMGP2634And more bins on the east side of the addition near the side entrance door. Bill went through these bins as well.

IMGP2619 IMGP2667As Bill sorted through all the bins, John stacked them. They were then brought out to the curb. The average price per bin is about 11 or 12 dollars. Multiply that by a 1000 bins.

IMGP2694Meanwhile, the dumpster was sitting and only 1/4 full. Bill actually took the stacked boxes out of the front of the dumpster. They were taken to yet another one of his storage units to be put to rest.

Today, the dumpster was picked up. This was the fourth dumpster. There would have been many more dumpsters but a lot of the junk that was thrown out is not allowed in dumpsters. The junk was separated and recycled. And all metal was taken away by our “metal” guy.

Of course now I have an aversion to all plastic bins or anything plastic.






More Assorted Junk in the Backyard

IMGP2769These oxygen-looking bottles were found buried in the back yard. We have absolutely no idea what they are (maybe someone can comment). It looks like they belong in a hospital.

IMGP2777Fuel containers were jammed underneath the deck at the back of the house. The blue containers are full with diesel.

IMGP2755A lot of keyboards, a random blue utensil tray and a small fish tank.

IMGP2752Popped another lid and found loads of chart paper.

IMGP2770I have no idea what any of this is…

IMGP2657Soaking wet and in a bin…

IMGP2771Here are two shallow containers without lids…mucky and murky.

IMGP2764We found this in the backyard and opened it. It was packed with something but I forget what the contents were–possibly wire or cords.

IMGP2774Something old…

IMGP2636Miscellaneous items dumped from a bin into a barrel.

I can go on forever with photos but it might be overwhelming for some of you. By now, you all have a firm grasp of the magnitude of “stuff.”


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Hundreds of plastic bins housed obsolete TVs and computer monitors. Other bins had organized things, such as cables, wire, VHS tapes, hardware, etc.IMGP2660Many of you have asked what was in the backyard bins. And many of you have asked if we came across an elusive antique or painting buried in the attic, basement or overall hoard. Your questions prompt me to dig a little deeper (no pun intended) into a hoarder’s background, interests, and what they seek out to hoard.

Bill grew up in the 1950s in a middle-class family. He was a computer/electronics geek. He learned a lot from his father and then majored in electronics in college. I am absolutely no expert on hoarding but since I have been deeply involved in this hoarding situation for almost a year, I believe in Bill’s case, that he sought out items/objects of interest (all electronics, motors, cables, tools) and other things that he perceived as value but didn’t necessarily have interest (books, clothes).

In regard to finding an antique, painting or collectible, it’s in my opinion that if you entered a hoarder’s home that had a privileged upbringing or came from “old money” or had deep pockets, maybe that’s when something of real value would be discovered. A commenter mentioned “Grey Gardens.” This is an EXCELLENT movie staring Drew Barrymore (I rented it from Netflix several years ago). It’s a true story about an extremely eccentric mother and daughter who came from “old money” and lived in their family home in East Hampton, Long Island. (They were also cousins of Jackie Kennedy.) They were “old money” and lived in their own little world. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. Drew Barrymore really nailed the part.

The following photos will tell you about what Bill likes, his interests and what he sought out to bring back to the house.

Someone else asked, “Where did he get the money to buy all of these things?” Well, hoarding doesn’t necessarily mean spending money on “stuff.” Many of the TVs and computer monitors were thrown out by people. Bill discovered them and inherited the discarded things. He happily brought them back to the house. Over 30 years of “inheriting” discarded things adds up to a mother load of a hoard. On the other hand, things like the 1000 bins, he did spend money because he had to in order to conceal the hoarded items. He ran out of space in the house, so he then stashed his things outside.  He shopped around stores for the best price on bins. On the inside lids, he wrote the price he paid and where he bought them. Again, very organized. (He also spent money buying food in bulk, stashing it away, and forgetting about it.)

Another person asked, “If Bill didn’t drive, how did he get this stuff back to the house?” Answer: Bill’s good friend, a fellow hoarder, had a van. Together they “collected” and “hoarded.

Here is another sampling of bin photos.


What’s in the Backyard Bins

When: November 2014

It was now the week of Thanksgiving. John and I went in the backyard and started to lift bins laden with wet brown leaves in standing water. Soon it would be frozen leaves in ice. Below is just a sampling of what was in the bins. Tomorrow’s post will have many more insightful photos.

In addition to the 800 bins in the very back of the property, an additional 200 to 300 bins were located on west side of the house and on the fence line on the east side of the house as well as the bins behind the shoddy addition. It was a sea of ugly blue, grey and green plastic. Plastic, plastic, plastic….

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Bins on the west side of the house leading from the back yard to the driveway.

Phone photos 305 Here is a large metal cabinet on the left filled with “stuff.” John is seen here walking toward the driveway. Literally, it looked like a junk yard which got me thinking; last week we were on Route 1 in Bucks County, PA and we looked to the right where a junk yard was visible from the road. I started to think that if Bill was even remotely into cars, he would have probably hoarded vehicles in the large backyard. Maybe he would have creatively covered them with sticks similar to how a beaver artistically builds a dam. But Bill didn’t own a car and didn’t drive. Up until four years ago, he walked everywhere. Bill is a self-professed “computer/electronics geek” and fortunately not a car buff.

Phone photos 332Phones from the 1970s and 1980s…

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Old boxes of wire very neatly stacked in a bin.

Phone photos 344More bins found under a tarp in the back corner of the property filled to the brim with magazines and catalogs.

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Empty glass and plastic jars.

Phone photos 316I popped this lid and discovered a note. For those of you who have asked about Bill’s magazines and what kind he saved, this photo represents the genre of the majority of magazines hoarded. There were other bins with the same note.

Phone photos 338Phone photos 337Many bins were filled with TVs from the 80s & 90s and computer monitors from the 1990s.

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Phone photos 371We lifted this tarp and discovered computer boards and more TVs.

Landfills have cracked down and TVs and computer monitors are not allowed in dumpsters. We would place the eyesore items on the front lawn and someone regularly stopped by to take them off our hands. (He recycled them.)

Phone photos 322All winter, things were placed out front to be taken. It was never-ending with the quantity of junk placed out front.