Changing from within (not without)
My son the antenna expert hooked me up with TV reception last weeksomething I haven't had for a very long time. This afternoon I turned on the kitchen set and have been half-watching, half-listening to a talk show called Greg. One of the guests was a woman whose husband and daughter gave her an ultimatum: They will stay away from her until she changes her pack-rat ways.
She, of course, had all the usual reasons for holding on to tons of crap. She was going to use it someday... somebody else might need it someday... she hated to waste anything, etc. Most of us have been there. But most of us took years, or at least months or weeks, to change. And the biggest thing that had to change was our attitude. We had to get ruthless with the crap, and then experience the satisfaction and relief that getting ruthless brings.
However, this was a one-hour show, and she wasn't the only guest. So they showed her that the day before their moving truck had pulled up to her house, and taken all the crap away. Then she was shown some of the stuff...like a huge pile of newspapers. A man said to her, "You're not going to read these." She said, "No...um...except for maybe the Travel Sections." He said again, "You're not going to read them. What should you say?" She replied, "Throw them out." He made her repeat it. Etc., etc.
So her husband was happy, and her daughter was happy. Their house looks infinitely better. As for the mother, she looked scared. I can't see that anything, really, has changed except on the surface. How is she going to keep herself from starting the piles all over again? I felt bad for her.
I have the feeling this sort of thing has been on TV before, in many guises, but I just haven't seen them. I can see that I haven't missed much. :-)