"Hoarders" TV Show
Has anyone watched the A&E show "Hoarders"? It's from the network which produces the similarly feel-bad shows "Intervention" and "Obsessed" (although I believe the latter was replaced with "Hoarders"). This show profiles people who have problems with saving what would commonly be called "junk" and allowing it to pile up in their homes until they often face eviction. One woman even saved rotting food. Organizers come in and help the people to get rid of their junk and the goal is to ultimately change their hoarding behavior.
I get a "depressed/cathartic" reaction from watching "Intervention" but it's hard for me to relate to some of the stuff on that show because I'm not a drug addict. I do, however, have a few hoarding tendencies and this makes the people on "Hoarders" more identifiable. Does anyone else have hoarding tendencies or are you a full-blown hoarder?
I do not go out and buy stuff to hoard it like some of those profiled on the show. Rather, I often save stuff that would be considered junk because it has a slight sentimental value to me or it reminds me of a better time of life in the past. I can't throw out a greeting card. If I like the design on wrapping paper, I'll sometimes rip off a piece and save it. Sometimes I save old newspaper sections or circulars (not whole newspapers, just sections or clipped articles) which I recall reading back when the newspaper was new, in a better time. For organizing and space purposes, I recently went through my apartment storage locker and threw out a whole bunch of them but can't bring myself to throw out some stuff from 1999 or before because '99 was when I moved into my first and current apartment and, although it was a very stressful and weird time, it was better than these current barren times. I also can't bring myself to throw out a TV Guide. I stopped getting them in '01 but for a few years before that, I bought them regularly. I have a whole bunch in boxes in my locker. Perhaps the most odd thing I save are old shoes. I'm not a fashion guru and usually only wear one pair of shoes at a time. I walk a lot and wear them until they're completely worn down. For some reason I can't throw them out and they're in a box in my closet. My reasoning, such as it is, is that I spent a lot of time in those shoes and they supported me well, so I should save them. It's more sentimentality.
I don't view these behaviors as much of a problem except for the fact that my apartment is very tiny. A person should be allowed to save something that has sentimental value. But in watching this show I can definitely relate to some of the problems these extreme hoarders face. I'd recommend it.