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Comment Archives: stories: News: Suburban Turmoil

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

When my grandmother died a couple of months ago, it took my parents, my uncle, my aunt and my grandfather, plus assorted other people, days and days to go through all the stuff that she had "put away" for "safe-keeping" or "just in case" or because she forgot she already had multiples. My father now says that he wants to stick to a policy of getting rid of one thing for every new thing that he buys. He just has to sell my mother on that policy. And he's trying to get me on board, too, because, "After all, Jennifer, one day it's going to be YOU who's going to have to go through all our stuff!" Ack!! I'll call Mom right away!


Posted by Jennifer L on 10/01/2010 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

Ha ha, that's true- You DEFINITELY can't eat while watching Hoarders!

My friend was telling me about one episode I haven't yet seen, where they found a dead cat with a horrified expression on its face that had been crushed by stuff. EWWW.

Posted by Lindsay on 10/01/2010 at 5:18 PM

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I feel the exact same way about Hoarders. I actually had this conversation with my husband. It also keeps me from snacking while watching it--imagining the smells...

Posted by Mari Ickes on 10/01/2010 at 4:51 PM

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I really like this post. It's interesting to think about the effect that TV has on us, too. I am a reformed minor hoarder. My husband cured me. Every once and awhile we start wondering where that card table/ratty chair/old toy went, but even then we congratulate ourselves for "over purging." I'm converted. If you haven't seen this, this is my latest obsession: Getting Things Done (organizational self help book).

Posted by knewman on 10/01/2010 at 3:48 PM

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I am a hoarder in just two rooms of my house. The rest of the house? Fine. But open my bedroom door or the art studio door, and it's all over. I've tried hard to not watch Hoarders because I'm afraid of what I'll learn about myself.


Posted by steph hagen on 10/01/2010 at 2:55 PM

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I tried flylady too, but there are only so many "LOL"s I can take in one e-mail. Flylady causes email clutter. LOL.

Posted by Mary A on 10/01/2010 at 2:31 PM

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Actually, I use Hoarders as a diet program. There's definately no after dinner snacking for me while watching that show.

Posted by Procrastamom on 10/01/2010 at 2:16 PM

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I did a yard sale here ONCE. And that was it. I worked so hard to make everything presentable and had great deals- Unworn Kate Spade shoes for $2! An antique trunk for $30! NOTHING sold except random stuff like an ice cream maker and a dehumidifier. TOTALLY not worth my time.

I've eBayed stuff a few times and that works much better, except then you have to deal with a-holes who won't pay for your items after bidding on them. Goodwill really is the way to go. I'd rather make extra money doing random freelance work every so often than go through the headache of trying to sell it myself.

Posted by Lindsay on 10/01/2010 at 2:03 PM

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There's a guy in Las Vegas that "lost" his wife to hoarding. Literally. He couldn't find her body amongst the clutter.…

Posted by txrosejames on 10/01/2010 at 1:28 PM

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My husband and I stumbled upon a marathon of Hoarders one night a few weeks ago and...holy crap. In one of them, this elderly lady and her more elderly father couldn't reach the bathroom anymore, so they had been using the bathroom in plastic bags and throwing them up the stairs. I was so appalled I couldn't look away! For like the next four hours!

And I had the exact same reaction as you - once the marathon was over I went and cleaned my kitchen.

Posted by AnnaClaire on 10/01/2010 at 1:01 PM

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HAHA!! I love how they put the OCD Project right before or after Hoarders a lot of times. Totally balances me out.

Posted by mandyhornbuckle on 10/01/2010 at 11:52 AM

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LOL...the show has the exact opposit effect on me. I use the show to make me not feel guilty about the 4 boxes of kids stuff I've been meaning to consign for the past two years. Now I can tell myself, "So what if I trip over them every single morning, the rest of my house is livable, and no where near as bad as THAT!"

Posted by bluna on 10/01/2010 at 11:33 AM

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I've been wanting to have a yard sale since we moved into a smaller house two years ago :( still I haven't motivated myself. Its too hot or raining or wow its a perfect day this Saturday, Why waste it on work? Goodwill will be seeing me every week for a while too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by Hatta on 10/01/2010 at 11:33 AM

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i have a friend from pakistan that summed it up so well.
"i'll never understand how you Americans have $150 worth of stuff in your garages and leave your $40,000 vehicles in your driveways."
having a yard sale in two weeks. if i didn't need to raise money for a cause i would be at knoxville area rescue ministries with my truckloads in a donation-minute.
i hope i survive the experience.

Posted by purejoy on 10/01/2010 at 9:41 AM

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I live in a 2 bedroom condo with attached garage that gets our overflow. With 2 kids, one dog and 3 cats we have to keep a really organized home or I'd probably lose it! But I never go into the garage because it's a scary overflow of boxes. Earlier this year I realized we had been hoarding old bills from 7 years back! While it's amusing to see the cost of goods on old bank statements it's completely unnecessary so we dumped 3 file boxes.

Posted by rubberbacon on 10/01/2010 at 7:53 AM

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I saw one episode a couple of years ago - that was enough, LOL. Sometime between June and September next year I intend to buy a condo, so I started decluttering several months ago. Geez, I live alone and have limited storage, but there's a lot of stuff here that other people would be blessed to have. Going to Goodwill twice a month (taking them the extra fall decorations tomorrow) for the next year...

Posted by quiltbabe8 on 10/01/2010 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Turns out strutting it on the catwalk isn't all it's cracked up to be

The feeling is the main thing, of course!

Posted by RebeccaCK on 10/01/2010 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Turns out strutting it on the catwalk isn't all it's cracked up to be

I think I would leave the vidoe scar deeply buried beneath all that fierceness!!

Posted by Liberty on 09/27/2010 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Turns out strutting it on the catwalk isn't all it's cracked up to be

This is HILARIOUS. I so wish you would share that video with us...

Posted by Carla on 09/23/2010 at 2:47 PM

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Forgot to leave my link-geeezzz, is it Friday yet?

Posted by My Modern Country on 09/21/2010 at 5:20 PM

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