Do you ever watch those “docu-dramas” on television about the incredibly obese, people with addictions, or terrible relationship issues? Sometimes seeing the extremes helps us feel better about our own issues (at least I’m not THAT bad!) and sometimes it spurs us to action (I don’t want to end up like THAT!).
If your issue is clutter, then you are probably aware of shows like Clean Sweep, Clean House, and Hoarders.
Today Oprah, the Queen of Daytime, will be talking about hoarders and the impact it has on their lives and family relationships. You know a subject is going mainstream when it finally hits the Oprah stage.
Check out the cleanup video of the family here (how sad that a child that young is already taught to think about “saving” cheap plastic toys for his own children!) We don’t have cable anymore so I won’t get to see this, though television usually does provide a happy ending.
You probably know an extreme hoarder in your life and others who hoard to varying degrees. Heck, you might be one yourself.
My great-grandfather was an extreme hoarder. He would go to the town dump every week looking for “treasures” to bring home. His house was stacked up inside and out with junk, and when he died it took weeks to clear it out. Most of it went right back where he found it – the dump.
My grandmother, his daughter, is also a hoarder, and I’ve been battling packrat tendencies all my life. It has only been since we decided to simplify and get ready for our Big Trip that I finally got a handle on things. And that is in no small way due to Warren’s not-so-gentle nudging to keep things simple.
We spent a month on this blog discussing the issue of clutter, and I even put it all together in a handy ebook for people looking for simple, day-to-day decluttering tips that weren’t too overwhelming. And yet I still have this internal battle with myself over STUFF.
I think hoarding and clutter issues are a lot like being overweight or having an addiction to drugs or alcohol. You don’t just lick the problem once and forget it; it is an ongoing process where you have to stay continually alert for signs of it coming back.
Do you have an issue with clutter or hoarding? Would you ever share your clutter on national television for a chance to finally put it behind you?