(Really? Are you surprised?)
I had heard friends mention the A&E show Hoarders before but I had never seen an episode until recently. Thanks to the miracle known as DVR I was able to record a mini-marathon and watch them at my leisure. I was instantly intrigued, appalled, saddened, uncomfortable and my gag reflex was on an all time high before the first commercial break.
I could not. stop. watching.
Now I find myself with a few burning questions and observations:
*Is that show for real? Really? Are they real people or actors?
*If they are real, how did this compulsion take over their lives where they are practically buried in stuff, more and more STUFF, trash and/or filth (of the animal or human variety, or both).
*Was it one traumatic event, childhood incident or a series of life disappointments that triggered their condition?
*How do they function in that environment? Even barely function?
*Some families have lost custody of their children because of their attachment to their stuff and seemed like making the choice between the two was impossible.
*Do they ever do follow-up shows? I worry that I might never know how their recovery (or lack thereof) is going.
*Since there is an entire show based on this, um, predilection, and it's in like it's second (or third?) season, there must be people dealing with this condition everywhere. Is this true? Like could there be a hoarder on my street?
*What are the therapists, organizers, 1-800-JUNK people and the cleaners really thinking as they work? Now that could be a show.
*Does this compulsion strike all economic classes? The shows I saw mainly focused on lower income families in danger of having the city condemn their property. I guess wealthier people might never agree to be on the show in order to keep their addiction secret.
*All of the people seemed honestly surprised that their homes had gotten into such deplorable conditions, they said it all happened little by little.
*Can something just snap inside of us and we start exhibiting these tendencies out of the blue?
I am fascinated by this show. And highly disturbed.
And I no longer feel guilty about my craft room. Or my housekeeping.
So there's that.
Have you seen Hoarders? What do you think?