Sort Your Life Out, a BBC1 show hosted by Stacey Solomon, made me confront my hoarding habits.
Most cleaning and hoarding TV shows portray their subjects as slackers.
Solomon delves into why some of us have a hard time letting go.
My parents tried everything they could to keep me from becoming materialistic, but they were unsuccessful.
I enjoy collecting things.
I’m envious of other people’s possessions.
I make endless lists of the things I want, and when they finally arrive in my possession, I feel a brief sense of fulfillment.
Sometimes late at night, I just stare at my Amazon cart and fantasize about how much better and more complete my life would be if I owned everything.
I wish I weren’t like this: I don’t consider myself shallow, and it’s not exactly a good advertisement for my views on the environment, the economy, or plain greed.
I’m pretty sure my obsession with “stuff” stems from television: I grew up desiring the princessy, magical-looking bedrooms and homes of Sabrina Spellman, Rory Gilmore, Monica Geller, and Clarissa Darling, complete with patchwork quilts, lava lamps, and postcards, as well as the message that having things equated to success.
And, let’s face it, clutter, which I’ve accumulated over the course of my life.
Minimalism did not exist in the 1990s, but over the last 15 years, trends have shifted, and not having things has become a symbol of a perfect, cleansed, and aspirational life.
When I watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo or The Home Edit on TV now, I feel ashamed of my habit of “hoarding and displaying.”
I insist that each of those things brings me some sort of sentimental joy.
Stacey Solomon’s Sort Your Life Out is the latest: the presenter (a close friend of cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch) is a star on Instagram for her “tap to tidy” posts, and her new BBC1 series, which premiered last night, sees her and a team of experts gutting a family’s home, laying every single item out on the floor of a warehouse, and deliberating for a week over what to bin, recycle, donate, or sell before what’s left
It is, I must admit, excellent television: it is free of lecturing and portrays its subjects as slackers.
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Sort Your Life Out, a BBC1 show hosted by Stacey Solomon, forced me to confront why I cling to clutter.
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Stacey Solomon’s BBC1 show Sort Your Life Out forced me to confront why I cling onto clutter