I have a question for you, but first some background:
During those moments when I want to veg out in front of the TV and there isn't anything I want to watch, I flip through the satellite TV guide and sometimes come across a program that sucks me in and compels me to watch.
It’s much like watching a train wreck, as the cliché goes. It’s too close for comfort, but I can’t turn away.
If you haven’t watched it, it’s about people whose homes are so stuffed with stuff they are imperiled physically. Usually the impetus for cleaning up the stuff comes from a government agency that is threatening condemnation. At other times, family intervenes. There are all kinds reasons. Rarely does the hoarder initiate the action. Instead, after the initial tossing of stuff, he/she frequently attempts to halt the process.
I understand the hoarders are dealing with emotional issues or illnesses that cause the hoarding. Still, saving garbage for years—and I do mean garbage—is beyond me.
On the other hand, as I watch the program, an avalanche of guilt buries me as I think of all the stuff around here. It is much the same feeling I had on the few occasions I found myself at a garage/yard/whatever sale.
|Time to clean this up.|
“What am I doing here?” I ask myself. “I should be at home getting rid of my own stuff.” I NEVER go to those things anymore.
Anyway, my introduction to Hoarders has impelled me to get rid of even more stuff. I spent an hour last night purging my kitchen cabinets, tossing anything that was far out of date. Would you believe I found stuff that expired in 2002? Out of sight, out of mind.
A month ago, I spent three days under my house, crawling around in the crawl space. Actually, it’s more of an almost-stand-up place, because I can between the floor joists. Some shelving from WalMart and Costco was set up.
This crawl space is a far-too-convenient place to toss stuff I want out of sight, rather like someone's hall closet. I straighten it up every once in a while when it gets difficult to walk through it. But still...
I threw away a lot and organized what was left. It’s still too much. I might have to have one of those things that I never go to any more.
But, here’s my question: Is it still hoarding if it’s all neatly organized on shelves?