|We all have piles of stuff that tend to grow and threaten to crush us.|
Could you fit your possession pile into one photograph?
Like most of us, I am fascinated with the hoarding phenomena, and have done the odd post on this topic. TV shows like Hoarders and Consumed are testaments to our curiosity.
Mostly I am interested in the 5% of Americans that exhibit hoarding behaviour because they are the canaries in our consumer coal mine. The poison gas that is making them sick is the system that encourages, supports, and rewards unchecked consumption.
We are being subjected to the same poison gas. Your living space may be neat and tidy, but what does the garage look like? Basement? Storage locker? Are you exhibiting the symptoms of hoarding light?
How To Tell If You Have Hoarding Light
- have difficulty throwing things away, often for sentimental reasons?
- have a junk drawer, closet, garage, basement, or off-site storage locker overflowing with possessions?
- buy or acquire things that you do not need?
- feel like you can not live without your stuff?
- feel happiness during shopping binges?
- have stuff that has sat, unseen, in boxes for years?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be exhibiting the symptoms of hoarding light, a commonly ignored condition. You are not alone - nearly all your friends, relatives, and neighbours have it too.
In the more serious hoarding category, is a sad situation that made the news in my area today. A 70 year old man had to be rescued from his house after being caught under a stuffalanche.
The man had been pinned by hoarded materials, and the fire department had to hack down his front door, cut a path through possessions piled to the ceiling, then locate and free him.
He is thought to have been lying under the piles for at least 3 days, and if not for a 911 call by a concerned neighbour, would probably have died.
We are all breathing the poison gas of consumer culture, and are in danger of being crushed by our stuff, literally and figuratively. First the canaries get it, then we do.
But not to worry - help is on the way.
I am the emergency responder that has come to save you from being buried, and I am knocking on your front door. Together we will escape the debris and poison gas being piped into our lives by those who wish to profit from our illness.
Hopefully I will be strong enough to drag you away and out into the fresh air of the simple life.
And what of the #1 keyword search that connects the curious to the Not Buying Anything blog? Well, that would be 'peace'.
Dear readers, don't be hoarders, seriously or lightly - get rid of all that stuff (or at least a lot of it) and peace will follow.