When I think of the word hoarding I immediately think of the Extreme Hoarding : Buried Alive show on TLC. Most of the hoarders on that show live in repulsive conditions. Their floor is covered in garbage and clutter and sometimes rodent dropping and other disgusting things. This is an obvious display of hoarding.
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I have a family member who refuses to throw out anything. She actually added additional space to her house to store her junk. She does not live in unsanitary conditions but purchases items she does not need, add’s them to her collection and never looks at/ uses the item. The disturbing thing is that she will spend tons of money on this junk- but when she actually needs something, such as a new pair of shoes, she will only buy something on sale- even if that means the shoes are two sizes to big. After comparing her to the people on the show Hoarders, I thought her issues are not as extreme but she must have a problem! After doing some research I learned the show Extreme Hoarding only shares the disgusting side of hoarding- the scary side. Hoarding is actually deffined by “an excess of socially normative amounts”.
Well after reading the actual definition of hoarding I immediately thought of the show Extreme Couponing and realized this was a less obvious- less recognizable form of hoarding! Could collecting sale/ free items in excess be considered hoarding? Most hoarders display signs of obsessive-compulsive traits and most stockpiles I see are highly organized. In fact, one couple had over 7,000 diapers in their stockpile but they had no children!
Most of the Extreme Coupon’ers on Extreme Couponing get some sort of high when they use their malicious filling system and spreadsheets to strategize the “perfect shopping trip”. This does not apply to everyone, as some donate their stockpile– I am talking about the woman who is menopause and buys feminine hygiene products. The over weight couple with 85 bags of chips, 120 bags of chocolate and over 300 boxes of pasta! These people are sabotaging themselves. Coupons only cover some of their food staples. Most coupons do not cover fresh fruits, veggies and quality meats. Therefor most of the coupon’ers featured eat an excess of processed foods! I just do not understand why someone needs 50 or 60 of one item. Just because you can get something cheap or free does not mean you need it! If you already have 95 dish soaps why do you need to organize and strategies to add an additional 95 dish soaps to your stockpile? Wouldn’t it make more sense to wait until you reach 20 dish soaps and restock at that point? I guess the point I am trying to make is, WHEN IS ENOUGH-ENOUGH? At what point do Extreme Coupon’ers STOP adding to their piles? Or do they continue because they are obessed with collecting things they do not need and may never use–because like Extreme Hoarders they think that they need them.
Don’t get me wrong- I love coupons! With the economy down, many families utilize moderate couponing to stretch their buck. But I do not understand is, Why does TLC take “Extreme Couponing” and glamorize it? They offer help and counseling to the families on Extreme Hoarding– how is this any different?