- Mother Cheryl lived with daughters Tia and Cheriso in a ruined home in Suffolk
- started hoarding after a series of tragic events that led him to break up in 2015
- His daughter Tia is the same and they took over the house
- Cheryl’s partner, Robert, on the verge of leaving, says things haven’t improved
Nick Knowles came to the rescue of a hoarding mother and her family who reached breaking point on last night’s episode of Big House Clear Out.
Mother Cheryl lives with her partner Robert and their daughters Tia and Cherries in a three-bedroom house in Suffolk that was filled with clutter.
Cheryl started hoarding in 2013 following the divorce and death of her father and grandfather, which led to her experiencing a mental breakdown in 2015.
His billboards had become an issue between him and his partner, Robert, who said he felt ‘pathetic’ and would leave Cheryl if the situation didn’t improve.
After getting rid of half of their property, the family was considered by Nick’s team of designers for a home makeover, increasing the value of their home from £185,000 to £220,000.
Before: Mom Cheryl lives with partner Robert and their daughters Tia and Cheri in a three-bedroom home in Suffolk that was filled with clutter (pictured, living room)
AFTER: After getting rid of half of their property, the family was given a home makeover from Nick’s team of designers, raising the value of their home from £185,000 to £220,000. Living room almost unrecognizable after deep cleaning in picture, show
A helping hand: Nick Knowles comes to the rescue of a hoarding mother and her family who reached breaking point on last night’s episode of Big House Clear Out.
On visiting the family home for the first time, Nick said it felt like he had squeezed the contents of a 10-bedroom home into his three-bedroom home.
The living-room, dining-room and spare-room were all full of garbage packed in plastic boxes, and there was no place to spend time together as a family.
Things were no better in Tia’s room, where she also packed her trash in plastic boxes that were so high they almost reached the ceiling.
Apart from Tia’s bed, there was nowhere in the room to move or sit.
Cheryl’s daughter Tia was also struggling to leave things and her bedroom began to be in disarray, pictured earlier.
After the makeover, Tia’s room, pictured, looked very sleek with a mint green paint job and a desk by the window.
Shy Tia told the camera, ‘I’m a little hoarder, but mom is definitely worse.’ ‘There are so many things in it that I have memories attached to.’
Meanwhile, Cherise’s room was taken over by other people’s clutter to such an extent that she could not reach her desk to work on her art.
Admitting that she needed help to get her home back on track, Cheryl explained that she started putting things on hold after her divorce in 2013.
‘The house has become an absolute nightmare. I have gone through a few things over the years and my priority has been my kids. It means the house has fallen downstairs and I need to fix it,’ she said.
The dining room was barely visible from any other room in the kitchen as the table was covered in boxes of clutter
The design team revamped the room to make it appear taller and added storage so the family didn’t have to worry about putting things away, pictured
She said that it made her feel like breaking up in 2015.
“The only thing that moved me forward was my local elementary school where my kids went to,” she said. ‘I used to help out there, I can forget about the house, put on the mask, forget the world.’
This is how she met Robert, who helped her through difficult times.
However, the situation at home had become too much for Cheryl’s partner, who said he would leave it if things didn’t improve.
Robert said, ‘I’m usually a clean person, but living in a house like this is not fun at all, I avoid it as much as I can.
The spare room was filled with clutter that no one in the family used, and Cheryl admitted she didn’t know everything that was in there, pictured
‘It makes me very sad. I just hide in the bedroom upstairs.’
Nick offers to renovate their house if they manage to get rid of 50 percent of their belongings.
To start the process, the house is completely evacuated and Nick puts all his belongings in a warehouse so they can see the space he took.
Over the years, the family had accumulated 205 plastic boxes, 55 bags for life, 204 soft toys and 672 books, in which Nick wrote that ‘your storage solutions have become your problems.’
Cheryl, Tia, Cheris, and Robert had to stay strong for weeks to get rid of stuff they didn’t use.
Pictured: Tia’s room before. In an effort to stay tidy, the family had put their clutter in boxes, but they were still eating at their place.
The sea of plastic boxes was replaced by a clean book shelf and a desk big enough to hold Tia’s belongings.
Some items were allowed to be kept, while the rest were to be donated, sold or thrown away.
One, they were in disarray, the family was able to see the makeover while Nick’s team was working in the warehouse.
The once cluttered living room was painted mint green and transformed into a bright, warm, and inviting family space that opened to the dining room and kitchen.
‘I’m amazed,’ Cheryl said, before adding ‘I can’t believe this house.’
The team recycled Tia’s old bed into Cherries’ bedroom, furnished with floral wallpaper and baby blue paint
He said, ‘I never dreamed that I would do something like this.’
‘It’s a real room now,’ said Cherise excitedly.
The teenager was pleased with her own bedroom makeover, freeing everyone else’s clutter.