We all have stuff in our homes. They speak to who we are, what we believe, and what our interests are. But there is a difference between just having stuff and letting it take over.
The A&E series Hoarders (2009-Present), follows the lives of real people who struggle with compulsive hoarding. Hoarding is defined as being unable to remove large amounts of unneeded goods from their property. In each episode, the subject works with professional cleaners and a psychiatrist or psychologist to get to the clean their home and get to the root of their distress.
Unlike other reality shows, this program does not mock the people it profiles or uses them to boot ratings. They are dealt with in a compassionate and realistic manner, offering support and help without demeaning them for their mental health issues. As a viewer, I want to reach through the television and hug them, letting that person know that everything will be alright.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
4 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Hoarders (2009-Present)”
Many people don’t realize how easy it is to fall into that situation. Just a little clutter, one extra this or that, can quickly spiral out of control. Once it has reached hoarder levels, the person or persons have become so acclimated and attached it does take outside help for them to see. I’m glad someone is taking a humane approach to helping those in need.