CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A popular cable show is being produced right now in our own backyard. The Style Network's Clean House series is filming it's annual "Messiest Home in the Country" special, and this year, that home is in Bon Air.
Crews have been busy working all week long, so this messy house has actually been emptied out, but don't worry; we've got the before pictures and a look at all the stuff that came out of here.
Crying homeowner Lillian Evans said "the process, it was deep. It was pretty deep."
Years of clutter and neglect turned the Chesterfield home into a place most people couldn't imagine living in. No room to walk, filthy appliances that don't work, and clutter on top of clutter.
Homeowner Lillian Evans says it was a series of difficult events over nearly two decades including a major move from California to Virginia and a separation from her husband that led to the downward spiral, and once things got so bad, she felt trapped and couldn't bear to let anyone in.
"I didn't want anyone to see it; I don't want to see it in their face, their eyes; there were friends who offered to help, but I couldn't even allow that," she said.
But that was before the Clean House crew stepped in. After living this way all her life, Evans' daughter Missy secretly applied for the messiest home special through the show's website. Fortunately when Style chose them, ready for change, Lillian was receptive to help, and her daughters couldn't be more excited.
"It was a relief, like extremely, but it was so surreal. I couldn't believe it at all," she said. "However horrifying and embarrassing it is; it's going to be worth it in the end; she's going to have a beautiful new home."
With lots of help, there's going to be a huge yard sale this weekend to help the Evans' family purge. The show's yard sale expert hopes seeing this process will encourage others to not let their clutter get so out of hand.
"My overall advice would be don't try to do it all at one time. I would start with the room you spend the most amount of time in, and then break that room down into sections," said Yard Sale King Joel Steingold.
The Evans family will get to see their new and improved clean house early next week. NBC12 will be there too and show you the results.