Sunday, October 11, 2009
Too Much Stuff!
I have found myself fascinated by a show called "Hoarders" on TLC and I think I have seen it on A & E also. The amount of stuff, just piles and piles of stuff, from junk, to animals, to rotten food and all the filth that accumulates just because these people cannot get in or around all their STUFF is incredible. What is sad is most of these people are complete slaves to acquiring, hoarding, and coping with stuff. Many of the people in this show have actually sought help through no choice of their own, but because they are facing a final showdown about their stuff. Many are being evicted, or losing their children, or their families have given them an ultimatum, clean up and get rid of most of the stuff so the family can simply move around in the home. One show almost had me vomiting at the sight of all the rotting food a woman has hoarded. How often does one have so much food for so long in freezers that the frozen food is rotten?She had rotten pumpkins sitting around her kitchen. Needless to say, almost all of these people have rodent and pest infestations. I was saddened that with the exception of 2 families, the others finally made the choice to keep the junk and lose their home and children. If you saw these people out and about you would not know their living conditions, they seem as normal as you or I. This show has inspired me to de-clutter even more. I admit, I have a thing about magazines and books. I finally went through our many years of magazines and limited myself to a certain amount of storage space, easily accessible, for the magazines and then edited my collection. Mind you, I do re-read and use the magazines, really!But how many Christmas magazines does one need? Books however, I and my husband love. And hey, you can stack a pile of books and use them as a small table if you run out of shelf room. But we do have a lot of book shelves, and I did end up getting rid of quite a few books too. I would rather fill my home up with family and friends !
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy,and where theives break in and steal." Matthew 6 : 19
"Happiness is a place between too little and too much. " Finnish Proverb