Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Enough Already

Do you want to know what's better than a DVR? TWO DVRs! We bundled our Internet, cable and phone and converted to HD, and as a result we are the proud renters of two noisy and busy DVR machines, and it is making me happy, happy and more happy. STM has his shows recorded on one, shows you could not pay me to watch, and in fact, have made me run screaming from the room on more than one occasion. On "my" DVR there are a bunch of Oprah shows, Jerseylicious (don't judge), and a few new ones I'm trying from the new OWN Network.

Last night I curled up in bed with a cup of chamomile tea and watched, "Enough Already," similar to "Clean House" but so much better because it's not cheesy and schmaltzy and annoying. Now, don't get me wrong, I do not have a clutter problem, per se, am not a hoarder, and one can easily move from room to room, but I have a solid store room/basement PACKED with absolute &%$#.

My dad was like the people on the show, he basically lived in 2 rooms of a large home because the others were store rooms for only God knows what, things that at the end of his life we tossed with abandon. One does not need to wonder what is stored in my basement, it is all packed neatly in clear tubs and labeled accordingly. However, the sheer volume is nauseating. I probably have every letter you've ever written me. Every thank you note. Every baby tooth of both my kids (and both umbilical cords), every baby blanket, their cutest baby clothes, every photograph I've ever taken, every memento from every trip, decorations for every season and a disaster preparedness kit that is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.

What was helpful when watching "Enough Already," was the point the host, Peter Walsh, said that what we hold on to is either stuff that ties us back to the past, or that we plan to use in the future - either way, we're not where we need to be, which is in the present. True!

And although he said (repeatedly) that "Later is the best friend of clutter," I'm still not quite ready to part with the baby teeth or umbilical cords, but I'm a lot closer to ready than I was before.


fullsoulahead.com said...

I'm all for decluttering, but I'm gagging over the umbilical cords.

The only thing they would have been good for, had we kept them, would be grossing out HT.

Anonymous said...

Really? Umbilical cords?

Wanda said...

I'm of the "use it later" camp, but I can never find it if I even remember I have it. Gotta get some clutter removed.

Amber said...

Yes, I love that show and hate Clean House for the same reasons you said. Also, really, Horders is like crack to me. I can't not watch... I have thought about when/if I go back for my MFT, going in the direction of working with horders. It is deeply touching to me, how held these people are by their stuff. And my dad is one of those. We do not go to his house because it is no longer safe. :(

On OWN, have you watched the Master Classes? Very good!


kario said...

I love the idea of his and hers DVRs. And, you are hereby absolved of any need to keep a letter, card, or note I've written to you at any time. Feel free to recycle them all and know that it won't hurt my feelings.

BTW, I've seen those boxes and I'm impressed with your organizational abilities.

deb said...

I'm kind of the opposite,
I purge purge purge.