You probably have heard of A&E’s TV show called “Hoarders” right? I know I was riveted to the television the first season of this show. I was fascinated, disgusted and flabbergasted by these people. I mean seriously, how can any sane person live that way?
But many of them do seem quite sane. They hold jobs, they have families. They are ordinary people except for one minor character flaw, which really isn’t so minor.
It affects their relationships. Marriages have been broken up over this. Children have been taken away or got away as soon as they could. These folks are isolated. You can’t really have anyone over for a visit. And in many cases, the smell of their house gets into their clothes and hair and they become isolated in public too.
You just have to wonder how anyone can justify to themselves that it’s okay to live like that.
Have you ever known a real life hoarder? I haven’t. I have often teased my kids and husband. They have a hard time letting anything go, even if it’s broken or no longer useful. I can see where they could easily slip into hoarding if they had some type of trigger. I have gotten to where I will get rid of the junk when they aren’t around, just to get it out of my house. Most of the time, they would never notice it was gone.
So I guess you are by now wondering by the title, how the Hoarders show is my secret weapon. Well, I have found that whenever I get lazy, or I procrastinate and the house starts to get cluttered, all I have to do is watch an episode of the hoarders. Usually, I can’t even get half way through the show before I’m jumping up out of my chair and am cleaning or organizing.
It always has the same effect on me. The kids tease me about it. I guess because I can’t actually help these people, this is my way of doing what I can when I see such rampant clutter and filth. I don’t know, but that’s as good a guess as any. Whatever it is, it has become my secret weapon for getting my house in order.
So what do you think of this show? Do you know any hoarders?