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Life lessons from Clean House

February 16th, 2010 at 07:29 pm

It's 10:15 and I am up with Baby Squiddy. During my baby shift, I watch Clean House. Totally love that show!

I'm watching now and I just keep wondering why the hell people hold onto things they admit they no longer need or use. Usually, it seems they have some symbolic or emotional attachment, I get that, but really? Do you need 90 pairs of shoes like this lady? Do you need the first bedroom set you bought as an adult, which is a symbol of your independence, to still see yourself as independent?

Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I have no problem clearing out closets. I always have a bag or a box set aside for charity.

I know it's hard, but there comes a point where you have to move on,
- admit when you aren't going to be as thin as you were at 25 and let the clothes go
-admit that you have a hubby and family and don't need all the stuff you bought for your single life!

Watching these shows makes me want to give away EVERYTHING, so I will never be up to my butt in shopping bags and balled up clothes!

6 Responses to “Life lessons from Clean House”

  1. homebody Says:

    Watch Hoarders, it will make you want to clean and throw out even more!

  2. thriftorama Says:

    I am addicted to Hoarders. Every time I watch it, I go clean something as soon as it's over. It's quite motivating!

  3. fern Says:

    Sigh. It's hearing about shows like that that make mek want to get expanded cable. I never have a problem getting rid of clutter, but sometimes i overdo it and question or regret, having gotten rid of certain things.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I rarely regret getting rid of anything. I don't have cable to watch the shows, but I know I would be addicted to those, too. I agree emotional attachment is a major issue with some people. That isn't me. Stuff is stuff. I'd rather get attached to people. Smile

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    My mom is like that and I was starting to take on her view of things, but I've managed to get away from it. I do feel twinges of guilt when I get rid of things, as if the person that gave it to me would be hurt and feel I didn't appreciate the gift, because that's how my mom acted when I had a huge yard sale in Virginia and moved out to Minnesota. Much of the stuff was childhood toys and she acted hurt I wasn't going to lug it all around with me for the rest of my life!

    I have to be careful too that my fairly recent environmentalism, which includes a desire to reuse or find a new home for things rather than throwing them away, doesn't lead me back down the hoarding path. I know it's in my blood, so I have to stay conscious of it to avoid it!

    One thing I've noticed about hoarders though: Unlike people who suffer from many other psychological problems (such as shopping/spending addicts), they are, almost to a person, sweet and kindhearted and sensitive people who just misdirect those good feelings onto inanimate objects. My mom is exactly that. It almost makes it sadder that they are trapped in their obsession, because they have the potential to be such giving, loving people and do so much for others, but instead they are sort of stuck in one place.

  6. thriftorama Says:

    well said ceejay.

    although, my hubby's aunt is a hoarder, and for her , she loves to shop. It didn't become a problem until she got diabetes and her mom died. it's gotten way out of hand since then.

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