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Hoarding and Nice Treats...

April 8th, 2008 at 05:23 pm

Oh yeah, I went off on my sick rant and forgot what I was going to post. Doh.

I was watching Oprah like a couple of weeks back. IT was a repeat but O.M.G.!!

It was about a couple who had pretty much filled every room in their 3000 square foot house from top to bottom with STUFF. IT was the most insane thing I had ever seen. So they helped this family clean up their house. IT was just mind boggling. & you know, talked about the psychological reasons and how to change, etc, etc.

http://www2.oprah.com/foodhome/home/repair/slide/20071115/re...

So yeah, I found a link.

Anyway, I keep thinking everything is relative, and here is a perfect example. Suddenly my house is looking pretty empty and airy. Big Grin I mean, I just have been concerned about not bringing in more than we ship out. But yeah, we really don't have that much stuff. Looking at this house I can REALLY appreciate the simplicity we have in our own home. Most of our rooms just have a couple of big pieces of furniture, and our closets are not near utilized to capacity. We keep the garage clear for our cars. & that sounds quite simplistic in comparison.

(Oh yeah - their 3 or 4 car garage was also filled to the brim).

We probably have more space than we need but that never has given us license to fill it up. We bought this house with kids in mind and 2 rooms sat empty for years. We filled the extra living space with hand-me-downs. I wasn't going to go spend thousands on furniture just because we had twice the space very suddenly. We knew we would grow into it. That was the point. Just much more simpler and economical than moving up later. For us, in our stuation anyway.

Anyway, we aren't the neatest and sometimes things stack up on our 2 dining tables.

But yeah, I don't see that bothering me ever again. IT's about where all the junk piles. & it really looks quite like nothing to me now. After seeing that.

I do admit I have a pile of boxes under our piano - was thinking for ebay and stuff - but Craigslist has been better for most of the stuff we have been selling. I guess we should go through our boxes - recycle most of them. Wonder if that is a fire hazard. SHould we not store piles of cardboard boxes under/around our most expensive posession? PRobably not. It's the only other clutter that comes to mind.

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Anyway, work has been quite nice. Some payroll company dropped us all of a nice box of treats. & then an investment brokerage is treating us to lunch on Monday. How nice!

Hehe, something like a treat so we don't have to go out to lunch or something. On the 14th. Lord knows if we are knee deep in deadlines lunch won't be on our minds. (Or a quick bite at the desk will do). But yeah, I don't expect Monday to be that hectic, and pizza will certainly be nice. Free lunch always is! I feel absolutely spoiled. (YEah food is definitely the way to MY heart! So I am definitely enjoying.)







8 Responses to “Hoarding and Nice Treats...”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    I had to help a hoarder move once and it was a very horrifying experience for me. She lived in a gorgeous 2 bedroom apartment and there was just a little tiny path to walk through the place. I nearly DIED when I found out there was a second bedroom - yes it was that bad a whole room was hidden! It was so hard for her to go through all her lifelong posessions and downsize to a very tiny 1 bedroom apartment. It has been 4 1/2 years now and not much has changed. Her apartment is still packed to the gills and she still buys things unnecessarily. She doesn't work now and is trying to change her ways, but it's slow progress. Very sad situation as this very much is a sickness.

    We have a lot of STUFF and we are trying so hard to downsize, but it's nothing compared to these folks that hoard.

    Oh shoot, I wanted to link to another site with pictures from a hoarder's house, but the language in the forum isn't family friendly.

  2. clubneary Says:

    I saw that Oprah episode too. It made me sick and sad at the same time.

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    Odd, hit back and got a duplicate.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    At that level, I'm tempted to think it may be a mental illness?

  5. HouseHopeful Says:

    BA is right, hoarding is an illness. There are several causes, such as emotional issues. Hording can be a way to make the person's environment secure and under their control. I actually have a bit of experience with that subject from college (Psych degree).

  6. monkeymama Says:

    Oh yes- obviously more to it than just buying too much!

  7. monkeymama Says:

    Dmontgomery - Well kudos to you for helping someone like that move. Yikes!

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Yeah, I saw it too. I immediately freecycled all my old videotapes! It was pretty disturbing. But you can see how the initial behavior, whatever causes it, turns into hopelesness and depression. I'm pitching more stuff tomorrow just thinking about it!

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