Naturally, I've been thinking a lot on this subject of "stuff." It's led me to look at a lot of websites on hoarding and cleaning. I've fallen in love with one BBC 'reality' show I found on youtube called, "How Clean Is Your House?" Two women, Kim and Aggie, are professional cleaners and they are called to help an individual or family clean their totally disgusting, disorganized and dangerously filthy home. It's pure voyeurism, of course! Kim and Aggie first get a look at the house to be cleaned and pick, scratch and sniff at all manner of stains and goo, laughing and gagging all the while. They then teach the occupants how to clean (the UK version of the show is all household products, the US version has product placement, wouldn'tyajustknow...) and the finale is the Big Reveal of the newly clean, healthy and organized house to the homeowners. It fascinates me because I love order and cleanliness---within reason.
I can also admit to enjoy having Stuff---within reason.
(I've been walking around my house wondering what Kim and Aggie would think...)
Most of the people whose houses need cleaning would definitely fall under the catagory of hoarders.
Hoarding is the compulsive accumulation of stuff. The subject of hoarding and hoarders seems to be 'the new black' in the media these days---even Oprah and Dr. Phil are hosting shows on the phenomenon. New names are given this...mental disorder? Social disorder? Stuff disorder? "Syllogomania" is one word. "Disposophobia" is another. Whatever label, it's fascinating. I don't personally know any hoarders, but I know we have some here in our small town. I know people with far too much crap, but that's their business.
Unlike the previous photo, this image came up when I googled 'hoarding.' (Source unknown, but it was attached to some story about an actress who is apparently a hoarder....) I don't think I would call this hoarding, per se. I would call it rather fetchingly organized and pretty. Having some serious OCT (obsessive compulsive tendencies), I tend to think this perfect stacking of cans (labels facing out!) on evenly measured shelves downright sexy.
Strangely, when I googled "hoarder" and the name of the part of town where I know one to live, hoping to find some web images....