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Mum’s hoarding fix is featured on TV show

PUBLISHED: 17:15 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

CLUTTER: Hasina Zuberi.

CLUTTER: Hasina Zuberi.

A MUM whose bargain hoarding filled up one of her daughter s bedrooms with clutter appeared on a realty television show on Tuesday. Jamaica-born Hasina Zuberi, from Thamesmead, was so obsessed with stockpiling freebies that she crammed a spare bedroom wi

A MUM whose bargain hoarding filled up one of her daughter's bedrooms with clutter appeared on a realty television show on Tuesday.

Jamaica-born Hasina Zuberi, from Thamesmead, was so obsessed with stockpiling freebies that she crammed a spare bedroom with products causing her two daughters to share a bedroom.

Appearing on TV show Gutted, Ms Zuberi admitted she even saved toilet paper and bathroom accessories to take back to her 'spiritual' home of Jamaica.

In a bid to clear out the clutter, she enlisted the help of UKTV's presenter Mark Durden-Smith.

The 54-year-old grandmother told the Times: "Mark was a little shocked to find toilet paper, but you wouldn't believe how expensive toilet paper is in Jamaica.

"On my last trip, there may have been an eyebrow raised when I packed Flash bathroom spray.

"People might think I'm a fuddy duddy, but I say it is practical."

Programme-makers completely cleared out her home, including what she calls the 'Jamaica room'.

Then she was challenged to remember where all her possessions went and those she could not recall, including most of the clutter in the spare room, went to auction.

Now, her home is so clear her two daughters have a bedroom each.

Her collection started out at her previous home in Kidbrooke more than 11 years ago, expanding from the original 'Jamaica cupboard'.

Describing it as "from the sublime to the ridiculous" she said it included two bathroom suites, a fridge, washing machines, beds, settees, "millions" of cushions, umpteen books and a year's supply of loo roll. She recalled one occasion in 2006 when she noticed a book shop in Coombs Hill, Greenwich that was throwing out old books which she couldn't bear to pass up.

She added: "I love books and so picked up as many as I could manage without my kids taking the mickey.

"It was such a shame to see them being thrown out, a book has a life, it's like throwing someone out on the pavement."

She intends taking them to Jamaica to stock under-resourced libraries in poorer parts of her country of birth.

The room is now clear, but she hasn't given up on seeking out bargains, adding: "I'm glad, it was getting too much to keep track of, but I haven't taken my eyes off the prize. A lot of the stuff will go to charity - it's much better that way.


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