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I tried to get a photo. I even had the camera ready, but by the time I got to the playroom to take a picture of the CLEAN floor, it wasn't clean anymore. Girl had been there. 'nough said. Picture "PigPen" from Charlie Brown fame.
Last night DH and I were flipping through channels. We came upon the reality show "Buried Alive" the stories of hoarders. It was fascinating in a train-wreck sort of way. The lady they featured had a beautiful home that was stuffed to the roof with stuff, junk. Her husband had left the house 3 years before because he couldn't live in the chaos. For the episode he was coming back into the house for the first time. I said to DH "if that were me, I'd open the door and then turn around and leave. I couldn't do it." And I couldn't.
I recognize hoarders have serious mental health issues. And I don't make light of that. I just recognize my own MHI (mental health issues) and clutter/chaos trigger near breakdown in me. Hence my aversion to the playroom after Girl has let loose. It is best for me to avoid that room. All I have to do is walk in the room and my crazy sets in. Piles, mess, stuff on the floor (anyplace, not just the playroom) send me to lou-lou land and I have to get out.
Girl hangs on to "stuff." Every piece of paper and craft ever made is held in a special place in her heart. It literally causes pain to throw things out. She's too sentimental. Me, I am the opposite. There are very, very few things I feel that kind of attachment to -- my internal organs, and the organs and souls of my peeps would be about it.
If I had to choose actual items to save from a fire I'd say I'd pick my wedding ring, the Royal Doulton that was my grandma's, and the first painting DH gave me. I'd have to say Rocky too (even if he started the fire, 'cause I wouldn't put it past the punk.) That's it. Everything else can be replaced. It's just stuff.
That's why I could never relate to the hoarding thing. I can't imagine surviving in such chaos.
I need my peeps, and I need tidy. Now if I could just train the peeps to be tidy.....