Step Into “Consumed”

September 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm 5 comments

HGTV’s newest reality drama, appropriately titled “Consumed”, premiered earlier this week. The premise is moderately aligned with the ragingly popular show Hoarders in that it attempts to expose, and assist, families and individuals struggling with acute disposophobia.

We must ask:

Are these shows exploitive and pathologizing? Perhaps. Do they raise consciousness around the sheer magnitude of consumption and emotional spending (and storing) this culture struggles with? Absolutely.  

 

We must state:

We will never reveal the names of the people who access our services (and not just because we ensure every customer signs a confidentially agreement). We will never post their pictures or a story board narrative of their de-cluttering process on our Facebook Wall. And forget about “before and after” shot postings, especially in a blog forum.  

 

De-cluttering is a lot like therapy.

It’s an emotionally charged experience whereby behaviour patterns are brought into awareness. And the feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment and vulnerability people experience when they allow strangers into their home (to essentially evaluate their habits while rooting through their belongings) are endless.

Edit My Closet honours the inviolability of this experience in a confidential and safe way. We will never force our customers to “survive for 30 days with only the bare essentials”. We will not shame them into selling things on eBay. And we will certainly not record and air their piles of unused soap on national forums.  

Unless, of course, they want us to.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JC  |  September 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    We’re a culture obsessed with people obsessed with stuff. We’re bored.

    Reply
  • 3. Zoe  |  September 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Loaded topic. Brave to talk about. Braver to help those we suffer from it and keep it confidential. Bravest to be suffering, but willing and able to ask for said help.

    Reply
    • 4. Zoe  |  September 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Oops! My comment above should read “Braver to help those who suffer from it” Not” we suffer from it”. Sorry! ( Freudian slip I think)

      Reply
      • 5. Edit My Closet  |  September 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

        Ha! We make those slips all the time. Thanks for the comment. We think our customers are brave too!

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