Tuesday, August 18, 2009

hoarders

so. lastnight i couldn't sleep and so i went out into the front room and watched tv. i couldn't really find anything cool to watch but i found this show called Hoarders on A&E. anyone ever seen it? holy crap if anyone ever complains about me being messy i am going to make them watch this show. it is actually really sad. it's not just a show about messy people. its about people who have an emotional attachement to their things and do not have the ability to let these things go. their houses are a mess. there is food, clothes, furniture, wrappers, papers, garbage and anything else that can fit covering every square inch of the house.









this one couple was finally getting help because she was a compulsive shopper and her husband a compulsive hoarder. the family ate every meal in the parents bed because there was no other clear space to eat. their neighbor called child protective services and their kids were going to get taken away if they didn't clean up the house. that segment of the show was very sad. but they got the help they needed and got to keep their kids.


the sad one was watching this older lady who used to be homeless. she just had this fear of running out of food so she was constantly saving food and buying cheap food to take back home just in case. she had 4 refrigerators full of rotting food. some of it swimming in meat juice and yogurt that was over 6 months old. she was convinced that if the package didn't puff out or smell then it was okay. she tried to save her cheese and vegetables that were mixed in with the ooey gooey meat and was so upset when the cleaners tried to throw them away. she had rotting pumpkins and sqaush all over her house and wanted to keep the seeds so she could grow more. she had rotten bags of apples, carrots and other vegetables all over the house. she was convinced that she had a cast iron stomach and could handle old food. she said "what's old sour cream going to do? go sour?" it was very sad to watch. they never showed if the lady got her house all cleaned up. she was threatened to get evicted earlier in the show and the man trying to help her said that the house was so bad it should be condemned. anyway, at the end of the show it said she was working with a therapist. i really hope she is okay. it was so sad to watch.



now i am not the cleanest person in the world. but i have this fear of old, expired food and will not touch anything if it is past the expiration date. i rarely eat leftovers and usually just prefer to snack on packaged food and cereal. i couldn't even imagine holding onto some of the food that she did. her behaviors about food were totally opposite of mine, and i was quick to judge. but after all was said and done, this show just made me think about how different all of our problems in life are, yet how similar they are. maybe its cheesey to say. i don't know. but i guess you never really know what some people are going through. some people might think of those people as messy and disgusting, without first realizing that they have a problem. maybe someone cut you off on the way to work today because they were in a rush to get to the hospital. maybe the person that was mean to you at the grocery store was just trying to deal with a broken heart and took out his emotion on you. now i am not saying that its okay to cut people off, or be mean to people at the grocery store. but how many times have we done that to others and in our minds think "if they only knew" i guess i don't really know what i am trying to say. but i think we are all more alike than we realize.




okay i am done being serious. it's not really my thing.
look how cute?!?!






i totally want one. why am i obsessed with animals? bah, help me. oh and sean says i talk in my sleep. he even said that i punched him really hard once while sleeping. does that make me abusive if i don't remember? i think he is just making it up.

also. i am starting to think that i blog about tv alot. i think i need a hobby. i really think that if i got a puppy though i would be taking it on walks all the time and wouldn't have time for tv. or we could watch it together....

7 comments:

Maddie said...

dude! who gave you permission to post pictures of my ROOM??!?!?!?! haha jk. gross.

kayla & tyler said...

wow, I thought my room was messy! that is so sad that people have houses like that! suddenly I feel quite lucky. I'm not SUPER clean freakish, but I'm not as bad as these people! how sad for them. you make me laugh.

Michele said...

OK I am so grateful I don't hord thing, Yikes! I think Sean should buy you a puppy. Keep working on him. He will give in sooner or later:)

Grant + Brittany said...

hoarders. they fascinate me. so interesting to watch and yes so so sad. makes me want to go clean my house right now!

Tara Bishop said...

Watching TV with your puppy is a wonderful thing. :) Oh, and walking is good too. :)

Kinz said...

Gosh I hope the hoarding thing isn't genetic! YIKES.

Rachel Leigh said...

I have seen the commercials for that show, but haven't watched it yet. I think you should totally get a puppy. My dog is preggers you know... lol. And yes, you would probably just watch tv with the puppy, cause that is what I do with mine, and she is the best cuddler ever!