Scariest show on TV: Hoarders on A&E. It's like Intervention for Hoarders.
It is like a nightmare for me. I just can't imagine anything so terrible. On this one episode, they found two dead cat skeletons under piles of garbage. She had her kid taken from her. She had no plumbing, no running water. It is so disturbing.
I consider my mother a pack-rat. Not a hoarder, not as bad as the people on the show, but someone who keeps things for no real reason, buys things for no real reason. I can relate to the adult children of the hoarders on the show.
I guess I have a bit of a backlash. I struggle with what to keep and what to toss. Sometimes I have an urge to keep something ridiculous and then worry "Is this the first step to turning into a pack-rat?" and throw it out. I figure it's better to throw something out and either have to buy another or live without than to find myself buried in trash.
And yet, I can still relate, just a tiny bit. I live in a tiny apartment. Sometimes I have a pile of clothes that doesn't fit into my dresser or my closet. Books that don't fit on the book shelf. I guess I can imagine a scenario where, over the years, it just grows worse and worse over the years and you just don't know where to start. Especially if you add in some kind of mental illness.
Clearly, the Hoarders are a whole different category. It kills me to watch it, and yet I need to watch until the end to see the house clean.
It makes me want to go clean something, to throw something away. But if you haven't watched it, you probably need to see at least one episode.