We had a conversation the other day with a professional organizing client.
The stuff in our home and office, in our closets, basements, pantries, desktops and garages tells a story of who we are. Sometimes that stuff gets in the way of hopes and dreams (and let's be honest, sometimes it may serve us well). So the question is, "What would happen if your house burned down, or someone magically hauled everything away while we were in dreamland, sleeping safely in your bed?" Interesting conversation indeed. Sometimes we wonder the same thing.
Filming has begun for HGTV Canada's "Consumed." Designed as "Survivor" for clutter - 13 families will play part in an experiment of less stuff, less clutter for 30 days. They will live with pared down belongings while cameras film their progress of what their lives will be like with less.
HGTV is flying Los Angeles-based Professional Organizer Jill Pollack up to Mainland to oversee the decluttering. Families will receive Pollack's assistance, coaching and leadership during the process. If they "survive" the 30-day clutter-less challenge, the families will get the opportunity to take a cold, hard look at their home and habits and to review the stored-up clutter making final decisions to keep, recycle, donate, or dispose.
Show Host Pollack is a former television producer turned organizing pro. Her consulting clients include Desperate Housewives actresses Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman, actress and poker champion Jennifer Tilly and the late Brittany Murphy. Pollack has a Bachelors in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters in Journalism from NYU. Sounds like the perfect person to lead the experiment.
So readers, in the absence of clutter, what opportunities do you see for positive change? We'd love to hear your thoughts below.
Too Much Stuff - TV Casting Call for HGTV's Consumed (pdf flyer)
Sneak Peak of Consumed (video from YouTube)
David Freeman - A Perfect Mess 12/2006
Nadia Geller - Meet the newest organizer on television (12/2007)