Some may think of their homes as a safe haven, but for hoarder Wayne, home has turned into a dangerous terrain that's almost impossible to navigate.
Wayne is the subject of the next episode of TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive," and in an exclusive sneak peek the network has shared with TODAY, he explains just how tough an in-house trek can be.
"Trying to walk through all of this is really treacherous," Wayne tells the camera crew as he leads them through the trash-filled halls. "Except for my big toes, I've broken every one of my toes at least once."
Most of the garbage is made up of meal-replacement bottles — thousands of them. The mounds of bottles even surround his toilet.
"It's a nice large bathroom," he says. "Besides the living room, this is the room that I spend most of my time in. I often find myself drinking my supper up here. I usually drink between four and six of my shakes per day."
And it's clear that that it's been many, many days (weeks, months and more) since Wayne has thrown any of the litter away.
"I took to keeping the bottles, first in the kitchen," he explains. "When it became too difficult to move in there, I started storing them up here and on the stairs. I'd say there's about 2,000 here."
Those bottles and the other debris in his home makes for a barricade that isn't just difficult for Wayne to move through, it's also a divide that's driving away his two daughters, who've already moved out of the home.
"He's just a hermit in a house full of things," one of his daughters says.
Things that are costing him more than he knows.
"I don't believe that he understands how this is affecting the long-term relationship he is having with his children," his ex-wife insists. "If he loses them, then basically, he's lost everything."
Life wasn't always so hard for Wayne or his family. He was once a successful high-school principal, and only started hoarding after a thwarted school shooting left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
In another clip from the episode, Wayne vents his anger at those who were behind the attack on his school.
"I'm angry at those SOBs that took away my family, my profession and my life," he cries. "And if I could hang every single son of a b---- that did it, I'd do it tomorrow. I'd cut them."
Find out if Wayne is able to put the past behind him and clean up his present, when "Hoarding: Buried Alive" airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on TLC.
First published November 13 2013, 10:36 AM