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Watching Horders

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I read one of those bad eecards or whatever they're called on facebook or pinterest not too long ago. You know the ones that are commonly with a yellow or orange background and a pencil drawing of a person doing something on the side. This particular one said something to the effect of "Whenever I feel my house is dirty I watch hoarders and my house looks cleaner".

So in my funny mind, I decide to look up hoarders on netflix and have been going through all of the episodes. The show is actual called Hoarding: Buried Alive.

I have discovered that I am SO NOT the type that can watch that show and feel better about my house. I watch that house and I get up and deep clean my kitchen, toss stuff that I've been storing for too long for reasons I don't understand, and create a cleaning schedule.

For me there was too many places and points that I could relate to with these people. I'm not referring to the condition of their houses so much, although we do have some stacks of stuff stored in our basement and garage that I had the sudden urge to sort and toss.

I found myself relating to some of the things that they said as to how their homes got to that point, or why they don't clean it up.

They're tired.
They're overwhelmed.
They don't know where to start.
They got behind.
They have problems keeping up with the maintenance.
They have good intentions for projects and just haven't gotten to them yet.
They want to recycle or sell something.
THEY MIGHT NEED IT SOME DAY.

You have got to be kidding me. I've said all of these things at one point or another in my life. I've said all of these things to my husband at some point in the last year or two! My husband's said all of these things to me too! I'm sure most people have said these excuses too.

I was just dumbfounded.

It made me want to get up and toss stuff, clean, and disinfect my entire house and make a cleaning schedule to keep up on everything.

Crazy.



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MOM2ACAT 7/24/2014 12:19PM

    One thing I learned from watching those shows is not to buy anything that I don't have a place for in house, or an immediate use for it. There's nothing wrong with having "things", as long as those "things" don't make your living space uncomfortable or uninhabitable.

I had an aunt, (who passed away a few years ago) who had been a hoarder ever since I was a child, but back in those days, no one ever talked about the terms hoarder or hoarding. I never realized then that there were other people like her, I just thought at the time she was "eccentric".

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SUNDAYS_CHILD 7/23/2014 3:33PM

    I had this exact same epiphany about a week ago!! The good intentions thing what was got to me the most. I have all kinds of intentions, very good ones, almost change the world ones...but they never see fruition, because I'm overwhelmed, tired and have no earthly idea where to start. That's how I started hoarding weight. I've made schedules and lists out the wazoo and I never follow them. Correction...I never did follow them. I'm actually trying real hard now to do so and when I start to feel overwhelmed or tired, I get on SP and get inspired by some chickie that thinks the same way I do!

BTW, if you ever see My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, or any of those other gypsy shows they have (on I think the same network), you will definitely start cleaning like crazy for the opposite reason. The girls LOVE to clean, actually live for it. It'll make you feel like a slacker and get your butt moving! :)

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