I was watching Hoarders on TV last night and I must say that show makes me cringe. Not because of the frightening degree of clutter in the homes, although that is alarming at best , but because of the way these poor folks are seemingly expected to deal with their clutter in such a short period of time.
I understand that the hoarders and their families have got to the point of desperation and something needs to be done reasonably quickly. Ripping of a band-aid, so to speak. This is especially the case where children have been removed from the homes by the authorities because of the risks involved to their health and wellbeing, but this is a problem that can’t be cured in one weekend? Granted we don’t see the preamble to these shows or if there is any follow through but if other reality shows are anything to go by, sensation is the end goal the producer is looking for not the welfare of the people involved. I could be completely wrong here and this is just my opinion but that is what I have taken away in the three times I have watched this show.
These mentally unwell folks have become so desperate for help that they open their “shame” up for the world to see in the hope that they will be cured. It seems to me though that not nearly enough is done to guide them through the situation and far too little time is dedicated to teaching them the skills to let go. One can easily tell that although the stuff is the physical problem the root of the problem goes way deeper than that. Ripping off that band-aid doesn’t make the wound under it go away. There is often the hint of the catalyst that began the obsession but then there is little if no more reference to dealing with that as the show progresses. The dialogue in the show is so open ended that it raises more questions that it gives answers. It disturbs me to think that other hoarders watching this show could be turned off from seeking help because they aren’t seeing any solutions there, no ah ha moments if you like.
I would like to think that these folks get some weeks if not months of psychological help before embarking on the actual physical event of sorting and removing the clutter but all indications show that this isn’t the case. If it is the case I think the show would be enhanced by a short narration at the start explaining this procedure in relation to each case. Instead we get a written report at the end stating whether the person “failed” or was successful at overcoming the problem. In the few shows I have watched the ratio in those reports have not been positive. I only hope that these dear people are set on the road to recovery and not permanently scarred from the experience and left in a worse state than they began.
For me these shows only appear to scrape the surface fo the problem. If you have ever watched this show please let me know what you think.
Today’s Declutter Item
Isn’t it annoying when you just want to buy one accessary to something but the most economic option is a kit that has several more items in it than you want.
My Gratitude List
- Something that made me laugh ~ http://youtu.be/ySey8kbOiO4
- Something Awesome ~ When the new (Entertainment) coupon book has a buy one get one free main course at a restaurant you were wanting to try. Score!!!
- Something to be grateful for ~ Remembering there is a spa bath in the house on a cool Autumn afternoon. Too bad I don’t have any champagne. 😉
- Something that made me happy ~ Getting rid of another load of items to the thrift store yesterday.
- Something I found fascinating ~ Army ants ~ those things are the piranhas of the insect world.