Monday, October 18, 2010
Though I've only seen snippets of the show, I completely understand the fascination with hoarders in general. When I heard about it, I actually got nervous that the people that watch that show, with looks of horror on their face, would then call me out when they walked in my house or studio.
But, as I was moving things around in my redesigning-of-your-home-keeps-it-interesting mode, which often collides with my I've-just-got-to-find-someplace-to-make-this-fit mode, I realized, I don't think I could be called a hoarder. I'm too good of a purger.
That, that purging, is a key element that a true hoarder doesn't possess, unfortunately.
RK says my purger-mode is truly without sentiment. While my redesigning-your-home-keeps-it-interesting thing is totally based on sentiment. It's like a secretary that files things in the file cabinet by emotion instead of topic or fact. Or, just tosses away the file completely. Often surprised by the things I suddenly let go, he seems to have figured out the moving-stuff-around part of me pretty quickly.
It is the redesigning of the physical world around me that actually allows me to let go of the personal behind the item that once was unbearable to live without. So, I purge (funny word for it) and move forward: papers not piling up, well, not too high, in the office; old books stacked to the rafters can now find life in someone else's hands; fabric you haven't used in years should really be sewn into something by someone else.
I look forward to letting things go, with as much glee as I do acquiring it, lo those many years ago.
(gads! i just watched a clip of the show-- i am SO not a hoarder! ...not that there's anything wrong with that)