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Unclutterer talks with "Clean Sweep" host, Peter Walsh
Merlin Mann | Jun 22 2007
Thanks to my self-imposed media tunnel vision (and the bulging TiVo that enables it), I've apparently managed to miss a show on TLC called Clean Sweep that sounds like it's potentially up my alley. I guess the idea is that they parachute in to crazy-messy houses and help the harried occupants affect a makeover.
Here's Walsh's new book: It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff. Already ordered our household a copy.
I'm deeply afflicted with both these clutter types, and I think one intense flavor of Clutter Type Number Two is people like me who hoard stuff out of a fear of future privation. When I was coming up, we used to talk about being a "string saver" -- someone who would hang onto ridiculous pieces of crap in the vague hope that it would eventually save the day (or even just save the family $0.02). It's a hard habit to break, for sure.
Regardless of the cause, it sounds like a big part of his work must be in acting as kind of informal on-site psychologist, talking people off the ledge about the stuff they can (and need to) let go of.
Interesting. I'll find out for myself when I add it to the bulging Tivo. (Oh, irony, you are a douchebag.)
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