Salon.com has a lot of articles and discussions right now on the A&E show Hoarders. I’ve never watched the show and am resisting (I see that it is on Netflix so it is available to me). While I find hoarding interesting I also find it so very sad. Here is an account by a woman who’s mother was a hoarder and the devastating effect it had on her family.
As Minimalism is now a buzz word so is it’s sad counterpart, Hoarding. What fascinates me is that, of the stories I have seen and read, there is an event in the person’s life that started or triggered the hoarding. In the article above, the writer’s brother was killed and her mother dealt with her grief by collecting. In the Song Dong ‘Waste Not’ exhibit that Chris and Henry and I viewed at the Art Gallery, the hoarding was both a cultural norm from living through a war and then became an expression of grief from a death. Obviously, buying and collecting are ways people cope with stress and emotion. It’s a good reminder to me to be non-judgmental of those that do collect and own lots of things. My way of dealing with stress might be a slice of chocolate cake, their way of dealing with stress might be buying a third television.
Places I’ve been this Week:
I’ve been a few places this week showing off my handbag and guest posting.
Everyday Minimalist – What’s in Your Wallet Series: voyeurism at its best. EM has this running every Tuesday and she’s featured a few Minimalist bloggers already. I was happy to weigh in with what’s in my handbag. I have way too many cards in my wallet. Going to work on cutting down.
HoboMama.com – Car-less with Kids: this is one of the best website names I’ve come across in a long time. Hobo Mama writes about natural and attachment parenting with the occasional delicious stuffed mushroom recipe. I was excited to guest post about living the car-free life with kids. Also loved reading the comments from people in Israel and NYC and how it’s the norm to not own a vehicle there.
Authentic Parenting – Minimalist Parenting: Can you raise minimalist kids? I hope so. Many thanks to Authentic Parenting for letting me guest post about my plans to raise Henry with less stuff. This is a very interesting blogger that is on the road with her family: they have lived in four countries since their daughter was born and are currently living in West Africa. Inspiration for when we some day get some extended out of country time.
Have a great weekend and remember to unplug!