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A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance

A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance


– [Narrator] This program is presented by University of California Television. Like what you learn? Visit our website or follow
us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest UCTV programs. (melancholy guitar music) – We went into the homes of 32 families. The families all had parents who worked. Both parents worked outside the home at least 30 hours a week. – And we designed an
ethno-archaeological component that really addressed the questions of how people use their
built environments, how they use space, how they interact with their material
culture, the material worlds of middle class, dual come
families with children. – Come in. – I like this chair. – We systematically documented what people have in their homes, where they keep it. – And it was that first day, when I- I saw he had a camera. He’s taking pictures. We had tidied up. When I heard the first cupboard open, and I went, “Oh, no. “He’s taking pictures of the
insides of the cupboards too.” All these little figurines
and the napkins and things. – The archeologist counted
every single thing, in every single space, every single room. So we have a document
of the number of objects that are in kids rooms,
the number of objects that are in kitchens and living rooms. It’s really fascinating. – One of the things that we
discovered and documented is that contemporary US households have more possessions per household than any society in global history. Hyperconsumerism is
evident in many spaces, like garages, corners of home offices, and even sometimes in the
corners of living rooms and bedrooms, and the kitchen, and the top of the dining room table. – Shower stalls. – The shower stalls. We find lots of stuff. – [Elinor] Piles – Piles of stuff. – Mountains. – And it’s clearly in
some of these households creating some significant
stress for the families, particularly the mothers. – The finding was that women
who looked around their homes and saw clutter, and
remarked on the clutter, and remarked on the effect of
the clutter on their lives, mainly that it was very, it was like an ever-present, continuing, ongoing burden for them to manage, that those women when we looked at the cortisol levels of the women, their cortisol was very high. – So this is yes, a very crowded bedroom. All the reading that
I haven’t gotten done. – [Elinor] A house
could be full of clutter and nobody cares. – [Lyn] That’s right, that’s right. – It was generally the case, that men, they didn’t even remark on the clutter. So there’s a greater tendency
to remark on the clutter if it bothers you, if you are the one who’s responsible for tidying it up. – We have lots of stuff. We have many mechanisms by which we accumulate possessions in our home. But we have few rituals
or mechanisms or processes for unloading these objects,
for getting rid of them. – Things come in from all sides. They really do. They come in from gifts,
and birthday parties, and holidays, and from relatives,
and those kinds of things, and school, and treasures, as I call them. I have always been a treasure hoarder. So a rock, or a branch, or something, and my kids then ended up that same way. – There are a lot of
forces that encourage us to consume, and obviously this is the entire advertising industry, right? Millions of dollars invested
to get us to purchase things. (melancholy guitar music) This book is really meant
to get us to think about how we consume objects, to think about the number and types of toys we consume and give to our children. – The United States has 3.1%
of the world’s children, but consumes 40% of the world’s toys. – [Elinor] Of course,
children in all societies have something that is similar to toys. But the sheer quantity of
toys is really astonishing from the cross-cultural point of view, and how the toys spill out
everywhere in the house as well is also staggering. – We found in the study that
children’s toys and objects were in living rooms. They were in spare bedrooms. They were in their own rooms, of course. They were in kitchens. They were even in, sometimes,
in master bedrooms. – [Elinor] There’s some blurriness to the idea of a toy, because the parents have a lot of sentimental involvement in these toys as parents. One of the things we soon realized, is that the toys themselves
were toys for the parents as well as for the children. The house actually had a kind of child culture about it as a whole, where it became a child-centered house. – Some of it’s nostalgia, right? I mean, Snoopy, he’s a cultural icon. How many children
actually recognize Snoopy in the contemporary. I think Snoopy’s almost an
artifact of our childhood. I think the sheer
density and availability, and fairly inexpensive array of objects that are out there, this
has significantly changed over the last 50 years. We’ve found cheaper ways
to produce more stuff. Because of that, there’s more available. The reality is that we’re
perhaps spending more on children’s material culture, on toys, than ever before in the
history of humanity. (upbeat music) One of the chapters of
the book is devoted to looking at what people
have in their pantries, what they have on the shelves
in the garage by way of food, by way of what we found
to be stockpiled food, and stockpiled household goods. We walked into some family
homes, and we found that in addition to refrigerators
and freezers in the kitchen being packed full of convenience foods, the freezer that was in the garage as part of that secondary refrigerator which is not uncommon in
American family homes, was also stocked full of
these convenience foods. – If you brought someone from Rome, or from a town in Sweden,
and you showed them the size of the
refrigerator in the kitchen, and then walked them to the garage, and they saw the size of the
refrigerator in the garage, they would be pretty astonished. The refrigerator then becomes something to think about culturally. Why do we have these big refrigerators? What is that saying about
food in our society? – Dual-income families with children face scheduling challenges
that single adults do not, and that’s how do I
coordinate shopping trips, going to the grocery,
around school schedules, around afternoon pickups,
around the myriad of obligations that emerge from coordinating two or three calendars on a daily basis. Parents perhaps find that it’s easier to shop maybe only once a
week, or once every two weeks. Fewer shopping trips,
bigger shopping trips when we go do them. So hitting the big box
stores like Costco or Target. – I think that’s true. We still do go to Costco. When we’re there we’ll go, “Oh, yes, we need 96 granola bars. “We need them.” – Forty batteries. – And we still have some
of the residue of that. If I were to walk through
my kitchen right now, you’re right, I’d still have
a cupboard full of batteries, even though we don’t
have that many devices that need those batteries anymore. – In addition to this,
you would find shelves in garages and in pantries
that would be overflowing with pallets of bottled
water, and juice drinks, and paper towels, and cleaning products, multiple versions of the same things. (upbeat music) – The reason for having
such large refrigerators, having such large freezers was because we were putting inside
the freezer, especially, boxed items that were
prepackaged convenience foods. – Chicken nuggets, frozen
pizzas, fish sticks, French fries, things that could be cooked, that could be prepared from cold to hot in very little time. – There are now on average 400 linear feet of frozen foods available
in these big box stores and these big grocery stores. This contributes, actually, to the way that families are consuming their meals. With so much prepackaged
and frozen food available, we’re getting more and more family dinners that are actually these
segmented, independent mini meals. The kids insist on eating
something different, because they know that
mom can fix it easily with this prepackaged food. Our data show that only one in six meals is eaten together by the entire family. – Families have brought into this idea that use of these foods
will somehow save time in the preparation of meals, at the end of otherwise busy and hectic
work days, and school days. In the end, some of the
self-researchers found that families are only shaving off
about 12 minutes per meal. – We started doing something. We go to a business that
provides ingredients and we “don’t cook.” But you package all the
ingredients for a particular meal. This is what your typical
dinner would look like. – Oh, right. – So you package all the
ingredients to make a sauce. You get the meat. Then you get the whole, all
the cooking instructions. – That’s fantastic. – You un-freeze it, and then
ta da, dinner in a sack. It’s absolutely fabulous. – That’s very good. – It’s certainly a strong pattern. We saw this recurringly
across the 32 families, not all of them, but many of them. It really indicates these
consumption patterns that have changed over the
last couple of decades. We want to go to the store
fewer times per week. This is particularly true
for middle class families, with both parents working and
with two or more children. It’s a lot of work, shopping with kids. This is a way to get around that. But there are very real
material consequences. (upbeat music) This book is very much
a visual ethnography. We used some 20,000 digital photographs for 32 families’ homes as
the basis of the analysis. We went in and looked
for things, for patterns, and how families were using their homes, the kinds of things that they imported into various home spaces. Kitchens, for example, were these centers of intensive and frequent activity. – If you look at the data points of where family members
are every 10 minutes, you’ll see lots and lots of little dots that are in the kitchen. That’s because the kitchen is used for almost everything else but- No, it’s used for eating. But it’s also used for
a lot of other things. If there’s going to be
a clock in the house, the clock is going to be in the kitchen, because the kitchen is what Anthony calls the command center of the house. – Everything transpires in kitchens. Activities are organized. Schedules are coordinated. Plans are made for the next day. Meals are cooked. Kids are doing homework in kitchen spaces. Very, very intensively used. A lot of the material culture in kitchens speaks to this logistical center of everyday family life. – I think of the table itself
as kind of a touchstone. It’s the place where
everyone wants to aggregate, even when there are wonderful
facilities that were designed for the kids to do
their homework, for example, inevitably they’re out
at the kitchen table. That’s convenient for
the moms too, of course. They can do child care. They can multitask with dinner
preparation and child care. – That is our refrigerator,
or was our refrigerator. I mean, I look at these
and it just gives me joy to see this stuff. Because these were treasures
that were very near and dear. – It’s amazing how the refrigerator is a site of memories and plans. – Yes, this is memories. – One of the studies that
Jeanne and Anthony did was look at the family refrigerator door as a major site of this kind of nostalgia and sentimentality for the family, looking at how many different photographs and other personal things
about children’s art, and lots of little things about the family that went on the door, so much that you can’t even see the door. The door is just filled
with the family culture, the family history. – There seems to be a kind
of a correlation between how much stuff is on the
refrigerator panel door and how much stuff is in the broader home. – There’s still, these are
notices for dentist appointments, but those are one timers. – And these are school things. – This is all, if your
kid’s going to be sick, how do you call in sick, because I never remember how to do that. A school calendar for the days. – And this pizza? – These are pizza
coupons that Luke is now- Now, look at- This is going to, this
shows stuff gets up here and it never, ever leaves. I think the expiration date
on these is two years ago. – We also found some interesting patterns that emerged in bathrooms. Bathrooms are where we
start the day, right? So we put on our face. We put on our clothes. We look at ourselves. We check in. We make sure that everything’s there. We psyche up for the
workplace and for school. They end up being these
anticipatory spaces, where we’re anticipating the day to come. – Not only is our fridge the site of, but our bathroom mirror has
become the schedule center. Because we have a really
big bathroom mirror. So anything that kids are
doing that’s important is taped up there. Because I won’t always open the fridge first thing in the morning, but I will always brush my teeth, and look at myself in the mirror. – Bathrooms are also
perhaps one of the most contested resources in families’ homes. A lot of the families’
homes that we were in had only one bathroom. When you have to cycle
everyone through that space within a span of about 30 to 45 minutes before shuffling everyone
off to school and work, it can be stressful. You’re coordinating opportunities
to visit the bathroom. As a result, we found that
there’s a lot of sharing, and family strategies for dealing with this very finite and limited resources. Stack multiple people in there. Because of that, these
were interesting sites of child socialization. – One of the clear ideals of these parents is to create a master bedroom environment that represents a retreat,
a spa-like retreat, from the crazy chaos in
the rest of the house. – This is perhaps one of
the least intensively used rooms in the home. Not a lot of activities were
unfolding in master bedrooms. But what you might find surprising is that this, out of all other home spaces, this was prioritized more frequently as a space for remodeling. In 2004, the average cost
of creating a master suite in the greater Los Angeles area, was about $80,000. – Their money would have
been much better spent on places that are clear
bottlenecks in these homes, bathrooms that are overly
busy during the morning rush, or kitchens that are often described by the family members
themselves as too small, too out of date. – I can think of nothing
that more potently speaks to the significance
of this space to parents. We might even think of the master suite as a symbolic space. If they’re like my family, you just crash. You fall asleep because you’re
tired and you’re exhausted. But you get to wake up in that space. These are spaces that were
made to look more hotel-like, look more resort-like. They were intentionally
decluttered as well. This is opportunity for parents to wake up in a space that looks
qualitatively different than the rest of their home. For that reason, because of that, parents might have conferred some kind of restorative benefits out of this. This is a place to charge your batteries, a place of refuge to prepare yourself before you go back out
and face all of the work that is contemporary American
family households and beyond. (upbeat music)

100 comments found

  1. On the bathroom mirror “Focus Lucas”. What would help Lucas focus is to clean up the mess and clear the clutter

  2. A family house being family centered lol Family means children! Of course its going to be centered on its reason for being…

  3. most Americans are 20 to 30 pounds overweight. Consummerism does have It's better choices for the objective thinker. The high powered blenders, could replace most of those prepackaged meals. You actually can, drink alot of Meals or aid the solid proteins with ground up fresh veggies.

  4. I don’t know why this came up on my feed but I’m so distracted that the dude sounds just like Agent Smith from the matrix I can’t concentrate on the documentary.

  5. I know people exactly like this. and if I mention anything along the lines of a clean out they get very defensive. ha ha. come do my home you guys. spotless. efficient. no crap lying around.

  6. As Tracy Chapman would say, “I'll be dreaming of a live of ease and mountains Oh mountains o' things.”

  7. I find "stuff" to be so time consuming. You move it here and there and it wastes so much time. I do not have time to waste.

  8. Our freezers are full of actual fish and meat. We have minimal prepackaged food which is perogies.
    They didn't speak to purchasing things when they are on sale.

  9. What does the book say about the American phenomenon of the man cave and having all masculine things cordoned off to one space in the house or the garage? The American home is feminized.

  10. When I see things like this I say to myself, they either stood in line at a store or bought the item online and looked forward to receiving it but then somehow, that item ended up in the garage or tossed in a closet and forgotten about. Then they have to spend money to get rid of it at the dump.

  11. I hoard a bit myself. A bit cluttered but I like it to be clean and definitely no old crud rubbish that does not work or sentimental stuff eg love letters, preserved bridal bouquets, baby's first shoes or similar crap. I bin all that shit. Justkeep valuable thi gs or useful things or really beautiful thi gs I adore eg musical instruments, wi e collections, fine silver etc. I have a bit of shit destined for the junk shop eg technology, all the stupid mod con appliances I thought everybody needs eg pasta making machine, coffee expresso machine, hairdryer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, TV etc. They are still new, in their boxes. Useless to me because I have a real life now and I like to be capable and self sufficient and not lazy, fat, stupid etc, which owning too many mod cons can make women. So, all that mod cons and technology shit is going ie I will smash up what I cannot personally give to people I care enough to help. But crystal glasses, silver tea set, old vi ny records, tattered old sheet music etc will remain. l retain treasures only. I recently met a strange very reclusive elderly lady who is rarely seen but she tried to talk to me. I felt so honoured, as she will see or speak to nobody, being so reclusive. We talked for hours and then she said she wanted to invite me to her secret garden and we could discuss her vision of the future of mankind, the end of the world and assorted mystical type ideas she was in terested in. But, she admitted there was no room in her huge cluttered house she lived alone in and it needed a good clean up. Well, I don't pass judgement on people, though her place was bad, far worse than my tiny cluttered but clean one room welfare housing with no cupboards etc to store things neatly. I looked at her garden overgrown with weeds and she intuitively knew what I was thinking and told me the secret garden was not at the front, which is only to keep outsiders from peering in and block the pollution they cause. It was out the back. But that looked even worse than the front, so I invited her to my cluttered tiny place with my "all too public" garden, to drink champagne out of my fine crystal glasses. Her dull grey eyes suddenly lit up with incredible joy at such an invitation but she declined politely, explaining she had heaps of fine wine and fi ne glasses, too. Somewhere, but where? Her place had remained intact for about 60 years. I think her life stopped when her husband died, long ago. She was not poor, by any imagi native stretch. And kept saying she would clean some space so I could smellher beautiful old violets with good perfume, being such mature flowers. I looked at her and though "Yes. Very fine mature flower. Definitely a modest shrinking violet…" And tried to locate violets among all the weeds but she said to return in spring when they will be blooming and, she added, the best part of this cluttered old house full of stuff is that 'it has no flies'. I found that odd, in Australia, full of flies, especially in rural areas, due to sheep and cattle etc. But, she had planted plants that repelled certain flies and insects and she knew all the tricks birds used to locate edible fruits etc. I must admit, I was not enthused by all the chaotic mess and stuff everywhere but she was an interesting and caring human being, I soon discovered. So, who am I to judge? And how she lives is not my business to dictate. She wanted me to stay but it was just too messy, even for my tolerant nature, so I found a polite excuse to leave ie buy food. And promised to return some day. As I left I saw her wave and smile and ask me to get her a supermarket catalogue and put it in her letterbox. I agreed. And then she said: By sprin g, my bulbs will be blooming, the sweetviolets, too and I will clear a space for you and you can bring your stuff down to my place and store it here in a spare room and get them off your back, if they are harrassing you, too, about junk hoarding. Never know when we might need it. I used to be a nurse…. I raised kids, had a husband. I know… " I looked at her and all this mess and said" You cared for others all your life, but who cares about you now? " She smiled and said" Nobody. Raised country tough and local. Not scared to be alone. I'm a nurse. I know how to care for you if you need it. Come again… " There are few women I wouldbother with but I will return to see her, with my bottle of quality champagne I stashed for years among my" stuff", through numerous house moves, and my fine crystal glasses and we shall sit like refined gracious ladies in her "secret garden", with all her violets etc. And we shall drink to celebrate spring, life, fine womanhood and the fact that we are still going strong, no need for feminism bullshit. Hopefully the mess will be cleaned up a little by then, when win ter blues lift a little, after I take all thesenatural cold remedues she has given me to take to get healthy again. She is very reclusive and scared of the outside world now and marvels at how I walk for miles with ease and can perform live music in front of hundreds of people and basically do as I wish. I plan on getting her to go out and walk short distances with me eg to buy milk (just the normal kind, not the milk of human kindness variety, as I am poor and cannot afford that kind… …). My strategy to be a decent caring human being is working where others typically fail with hoarder types. The trick is to never judge them or try to organise them or tell them to "clean up, tidy up or else!" When my neat clean control freak ex husband tried that on me I agreed the place needed a jolly good clean out and put out the trash. I started by getting rid of him. Once that first big clean up task was done, it was easy to do the rest of the clean up. In o ne day, the place was immaculate. I lit a candle, opened a bottle of fine champagne I had stashed, got out the fine crystal glasses and had the time of my life. Alone. I should have been in tears, over marriage ended. I felt guilty. About feeling so blissfully happy in my silence and solitude, with all this "stuff", all neatly stacked, clean, in order, no old crud rubbish, just good things. I would worry about being forced to move house yet again, tomorrow and how to cope with the 60th house move in difficult life circumstance I was forced to make. By a society thatcreates these sorts of circumstances for some of its finest citizens, whilst helping and rewarding and facilitating the comfortable secure, safe etc lives it gives the "other" variety of people in Australia. Givi g them such easy access to their easy lives, for contributing sweet stuff all of any value to the likes of me, whilst causing endless stress and burden on our limited resources, already stretched to their limits to accommodate such parasites and all the massive pollution they cause, by their very presence in our personal and priv ate livin g space. Clean up this fucking national mess! And hurry up about it because it is becoming a lealth and safety hazard to the lives of too many decent Australians who deserve better than this shit this younger modern millennial generation and their parents are providing and all the harm their toxic selfish, irresonsible, downright evil feminism and multicturalism, environmentalism etc is causing.

  12. My boyfriend's parents home looks like this. I don't get why they don't throw stuff away, it's so weird. They have stuff they haven't used in 15 years. Like they had a random dresser with a girl's name on it – they don't even have a daughter. When I said "Why don't you get rid of it?", they got mad. They bought it at a garage sale like 15 years ago and never used it. I don't get it! They have book shelves full of shit they haven't read in 20 years, same with the kitchen crap. Tons of random trinkets they don't need or even use. It makes no sense to me. She has so many plates and glasses she can't even fit them all into the china closet but thinks they're delicate and fabulous looking. His mother goes to Goodwill to get deals she doesn't need… like a glass juicer! Now it's been sitting in his garage for 2 years. Why do you need that!?! Just because it's 3.99 doesn't mean you need it!

  13. My mother was a hoarder, I became one as well. When my mother passed, I was overwhelmed with what I would keep of my mother’s and what to get rid of. This made me realized that I didn’t want my children to deal with my stuff. It took me awhile, but I started to purge my stuff. It’s like a weight was lifted off me. Less for me to clean, less to organize. It starts in your mind. I feel better now.

  14. I'm glad these "experts " just caught up with a George Carlin observation from 30 years ago. What's next? Discovery of light bulbs.?

  15. “We” = white people
    They have have a history of hoarding the land and people of the earth. Now that they’ve run out of land to steal and can’t openly own people, they have turned to hoarding objects and animals.

  16. This is why we need to start making houses bigger. The average American house is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 2400sqft house with a 2 car garage. Clearly we need to up the average to 5 beds 3 baths 2-3 car garage and 2800-3200sqft as an average. The average new house is only 2600sqft right now. We need to up the size and deepen closets and garages clearly

  17. my parents house was always clean but their basement was stocked to the ceiling with food, many of it having a long shelf life. I think they were prepping for World War 3 or something.

  18. I need to move in with my mom to take care if her because she is developing dementia but have been putting it off because I have accumulated so much stuff the ten years I have lived here I dread the idea of packing it up and moving it
    Maybe I will just throw most if it out.

  19. China has gotten the largest number of poor to the middle class on the backs of our crazy consumer class. How much good we could do with this money for the needy right here if we just consumed less? Even the GDP is based on consumption; of course! Another Wall Street creation to feed their own interests.

  20. In Europa many Only shop once a week but still only have a single refridger unit or even a split unit. Groceries for a famalie of 4 should not fill more then 1-3 grocerybags

  21. Just disgusting! I guess some people love living with bugs and rodents in their house.Junk is a paradise for bugs and mice.

  22. I am so gladI met a new hoarder friend. This lady is very reclusive and will seldom speak to anybody or venture outside her front door, but she spome weith me and we chatted for hours. About all her stuff andmy stuff and how great it is to have so much stuff, how secure and abun dant it feels, so independent, so resourceful, so creative, ingenious. Everything has a potential use or value, if not now, maybe in the future, or perhaps the past, though I never hoard purely sentimental shit eg my wedding dress or photos, love letters, baby's first shoes, dried weddi g bouquets and related sentimental "memory box" shit. A ything involvi g people not currently in my life, I simplcosign to the trash heap. I am very strict about my hoarding. And, even if people are 'current' ie relevant to my present life ie count at all to me, Why do need photos etc of them? We simply see each other in person and chat etc. Usually about i teresti g topics, like the rotten, very messy, ju ky etc state of the kutside world and society around us now. Its moral, ethical etc state is far worse than the clutter in our pokey little livi g space we have, which has no space to effectively store what we truly value ie our "stuff", because modern society gives us nothing else worth treasuring, or even botheri g to look at. It is just one big ugly boring and very nasty minimalist nightmare. We like to use our "stuff" as a means of sociaconnection with ki dred souls. A talki ng poi nt. Butreserved strictly for true ki dred souls ie no utsiders allowed. A certainly no minimalist sparse liver, order etc control freaks. Consign these to the trash bin, wbere they belo g, no, not the Recyclin g bin. Don't want these types recycled. Just permanently destroyed, so theycan cease ruini g our once OK lives. Sometimrs hoarders disagree eg about what they hoard eg I hate memorabilia and I like heaps of space because I like mhoardi g to beyclean and orderly, where possible, whereas some have less stringent, more laid back ways, which I fi dpersonallunappeali g but I never comment or pass judgeme t othesenybecause I know the mostimely outcome ofchallengi g any hoarder to be anything other than their passion, their way… I value their precious, highly selective friendship I am honoured to have, so I never criticise aspects of their hoarding I may hate eg messi ness etc. Though men who collect things lime toy trains, tin soldiers, miniature plasticbattle fields, little matchboxcars or historic bottle tops etc drive me nuts. Atfirst it is i teresting, but, by about the 200th obje t they show me proudly, I feel ao erwhelminneed to put an end to their goi g on and on and on. The only thing that stops me frowanting to strangle them is my sense of humanity and tolerance. Because I know this sick collecti g and hoarding obsession is the only passion they have in such an ugly, feelingless modern society and it is what keeps them alive, annoying as their hoarding may be. Anyway, rummaging through my "stuff", I found a bottle of champagne a d fine crystal glasses, virgin ones, never used, needing use. Mnew frie d claims to have a beautiful hiddesecret garden I simply must see, thkugh it looks lime a beap of weeds growing out ofnyco trol, not how I would have a secret garden. I shall accept her kind i vitation to share her secret garden she tells me is full of wonders. I will refrain from my desire to want to cleait up, as that woulbe the ultimate irudeness and thoughtlessness, selfishness, Narcissism etc. We will simplpop. Y champagne and enjoy a ladies' spring afternoon iher weed filled wo dtous garden and chat about the world, the sweet violets hidden away she says have been there forever and will never be found because they hide away to be safe from the ge eral ugliness of modern life outside. I never thought ofviolets that way… Bjt, yeah, we will have a great time there, amo g all her junk, with my junk. Being female and mbei g of immigrant heritage might be discussed, but feminism or multiculturalism won't be. It is of no importance or relevance to the lives of some of us who have now decided to simply shut out tbeir invasion of kur own personal privacy, space and preferred way of life, ideas, likes etc. So, you see, hoarding is not just about "stuff". Well, yes and no. It is about "stuff" in other, less tangible ways. The real shit stuff, the dirty oldcrud that is broken, like modern society, orno longer works right, like technology… You know, all that crappy shit stuff, like post second wave feminism, multiculturalism, globalism, minimalism, people who jetset around the world and plaster their bori g travel pics all over social media to bore the rest of us shitless or arouse murderous envy and spite in those susceptible to such common modern emotions. Oh, maybe not modern, as even Euripides famous ancient Greek play describes such phenomena as female rage, cheating user husbands, murdered kids, rich pri cesses, gold etc. I think I still have a copy of that famous book, in ancient Greek, too, amo g all my stuff. Must dig it out one day and try to read it again, if I can remember that language. I will throw my mobile phone i to the trash, but not that old tattered book. It containswisdom. Not the kind you find on the Internet, though that is also OK, sometimes. Real wisdom and genuinely good things seem to be getting very scarce now, if not completely disappeared and replaced with very i ferior, worthless, ugly, useless, unsatisfying current era shit ie real CRAP that wants consigning to the trash heap eg feminism, anything made outside your own country, minimalism etc. So smart nifty thrifty hoarders are holdi g their treasures and telling and learni g to tell the rest of i trusive modern society to nust kindly fuck off. Because we don't need, like or want them our face, tyrannising us with their attempts to control everybody. Have you ever met a hoarder type who has ever resorted to the scummstatus of begging to live, like many you g feminists and immigrant refugee types now do? No, because they provide for themelves, by being thrifty, nifty and frugal livi g, not throwing everything out, like feminist minimalists do. And then end up u emoyed and having to beg for "things" to live, or shop at charity stores. So, yeah, me and this lady boarder are going to pop the champagne and celebrate our uniqueness, abun dance, thriftiness as women and I will try to avoid weeding her garden, in case I accidently pull up something she values that I mistaken for "just weeds and junk". I know I am accepted and like there because, without my suggesting it, she promised she would clear some space for me to sit with her. Addi g that her place needed a bit of a tidy up. I made no comment, preferring to focus on the good time we will have drinking out of my fine crystal glasses and, for the first time, I saw the glimmer of a faint smile in her eyes, though she tried to hide it on her lips, due to cracked, decaying teeth…

  23. Too much and too ugly which means this not middle class cuz a middle class has a rest of value – this fact shows you love material but not value and spirit – the old Protestant middle class is no degraded to bloody moron materialists – sad

  24. People have to much crap. When you go to the store and see something ask yourself if you need it and if you will still want it after a couple of years. If NO THEN DONT BUY IT

  25. Yes, Californians are the best example of over indulgence, hated white communities, private schooling, and liberalism.

  26. I thought there would be more insight, maybe some tips. But this video is just a lot of talking about what everyone observes in their home and others. Not sure the point.

  27. This is like looking at my mother’s house! She doesn’t work and suffers depression she spends nearly every other day shopping, buying ‘bargains’ she is constantly ‘decluttering’ her home which results in the junk bro g moved from room to room and then gifted off to family members only for the place to never look different. The only positive being that f you ever need something g she most likely has it. I grew up with my grandmother and I cannot abide clutter at all. My house I have what I need a some of what I want being useful items that I actually use or some small decorative items (not a lot as the dust drives me crazy) my son has a play room and I try to teach him to tidy right after play time although with a 9 year old boy it’s hard lol. Here in UK is definitely catching up with USA in terms of consumer purchase. I think bulk buying is a good thing if done wisely. I myself bulk buy washing powder, fabric conditioner, tea bags, wash liquid etc as it’s cheaper in long term. It’s one trip maybe every 6/8 weeks to purchase, I never run out and I have storage. Perishable food is pointless to bulk unless you have a large family or very good storage and rotation system.

  28. I hate…no, loathe clutter. Except for a few gifts and trinkets, I have ZERO attachment to inanimate objects. To me it’s nothing but clutter and gives me anxiety. I got rid of it all. On a daily basis I quickly eyeball my environment to see what I can toss out. Even if it’s just a piece of paper, I feel less cluttered in my brain.

  29. This is a metaphor for how they treat their adipose tissue. They consume the fructose they’re told to, then stuff triglycerides into their fat cells, where it remains for life.

  30. I’m sure the researchers got a big grant to do this research. Don’t they have anything better to do except judge others? Use those grants for helping others, not this bs.

  31. OK Maybe I have a misunderstanding of the term middle class. The families in these pictures do not look like middle class to me, especially the ones with tons of garbage floating around , not to talk about the ones with only one bathroom.

  32. I mean, I agree with almost everything in here and certainly, a more organized life is better, but if you’ll tell me preparing a meal from zero is only 12 minutes more time than opening a package and cook it, that’s not real!

  33. The real shocking thing is that there is plenty of storage … in the store.
    It must have something to do with the distance to the store?

    There are only as many pizza's you can eat in a week.

  34. Holy crap. I get rid of anything I don't use even if I really like it when I hold it (unless I plan to try and start using it). If I don't use it, I can't appreciate it. I have 3 plushie and just got rid of an absolutely adorable plushie that just stayed in my drawer and I had to struggle to use. I remember getting rid of things for the first time, and the huge relief at the freed room.

  35. I am 62 yrs old. Born in Victoria,BC, Canada… middle class as a child. My parents shopped ONLY once/week… Saturday. Why would any family shop MORE that once/week?

  36. Heres the thing, as a single Mom living on a VERY limited budget, foodstamps helped me survive and to thrive. My children never knew how poor we really were because of the abundance of needs met verses wants to be satiated. Food was the one thing that made me feel human (shopping therapy)and caretaker as a parent. No one understood "How I did it".. well one-month freezer meats marked and separated into baggies, next month dry goods, next canned goods. Goodies were home baked, dehydrated and canned. One of the most important things for me was to have enough food to feed my children, family and even elderly neighbors in the event of an emergency. Working to keep things organized and rotated was key. I KNEW when prices went from 50 cents a can to 1.29 per can! Mentally documenting the exponential rise in prices lead me into homegrown long before it became a thing. This was a life experience which the whole family gained from in work ethics, farm to table. Our purchases of "Other" items were limited to Christmas and birthdays, goodies like soda, candies, and chips were special occasions and to this day my grown children drink water and choose healthier alternatives to "junk" foods! Also in other items at holidays and celebration times, we never went for the latest gadget or handheld technologies, rather buying board games and family-friendly alternatives to the latest fads. Once crying to my children sad that I was unable to buy them all the latest video games and handhelds even personal phones, they assured me that they were not interested, or expectant of those items. We did have video consoles which came at Christmas as a family gift, age-appropriate games, nonviolent. Movies on VHS and the DVD, we had plenty, Scary movies but no gore, Goosebumps, things like that. It kills me to go to peoples homes that have not enough food to last a weekend! Or homes where it is overrun with technology. Ok, all this said, all 4 children have moved on in life and what is left behind are my most precious memories of the best I gave in this life!! How to rid myself of ALL the left behinds? Artwork, trophies, mementos, baby clothes and shoes, you name it?

  37. Personally, I think that the kitchen has become the hub of function in the house, because the living room is under siege from the TV. I think we're all more tired of the constant stimulation than we think we are. It's just so habitual that we don't notice that something is wrong. This of course translates into wireless devices as well.

  38. The only thing I disagree with is him saying something about grocery shopping. I don't have time to go to the grocery store more than once a week. However I also don't buy that garbage to feed my family either…

  39. We live in a modest home so we don’t have a lot of space for stuff. I keep clutter to a minimum. I donate as my kids grow out of clothes, shoes, Toys and book. We keep really food in the fridge too.

  40. Obviously these people don't truly understand the middle class and how people save money. You see way more abundance in the lazy welfare class.

  41. My sister (and her fella) have a garage adjacent to  their home ,>>> get a car in it??? its difficult getting a human in there with all the stuff in it!, likewise her spare bedroom ,likewise her floored attic ,so much stuff !!! so much so ,she is now outsourcing the storage for their excess stuff  to our mother"s  home !! she and her fella are soooo very sick !!!!!

  42. My wife and I have been attending estate sales lately. We are astonished by the amount of stuff in some of these homes. We see lots of nearly worthless collections….Beenie Babies, Hummels, newer dolls, common toys like Hot Wheels, etc… Level of income tends to affect the quality of goods, but not the sheer quantity. Many sales seem to have a lot of items left even on the last day of the sale, so I wonder what people do with all the leftovers. Some furniture pieces are massive and unwanted nowadays….old but not good. On the other hand, we get good deals since there is such an oversupply. I have to watch I don't succumb to this overabundance, so I declutter as needed, with trips to thrift stores to donate, discard, or give away items if I find something I like better.

  43. I’m not a minimalist, but I certainly don’t like to have an excess of unneeded or unwanted items. I keep a basket in my closet we regularly place clothings or other items we no longer need or want in, and when it’s half full, we donate/sell the items. I feel it’s a good practice to evaluate what you really want to keep. If we place it in the basket, we can always take it out but we often find we forget about and don’t really want it.

  44. I just watched another video from PBS claiming that the middle class is shrinking…. because over half of middle class cant afford an emergency bill of $400 dollars. It frustrated me because it did not allow comments. This only confirms my suspicion that people can't afford a 400 dollar emergency bill, but they have 40,000 dollars of useless stuff sitting around the house.

  45. i HAVE A LOT OF STUFF. it IS CAREFULLY BOUGHT. i WAITED FOR TRADE WAR WITH CHINA, NEXT TIME PRICE TAG ON EVERYTHING YOU BUY, Will be 5 times more….and made in USA/Germany etc. I keep my stuff well packed , very deep , I know where everything is, as i pack it very systematically.

  46. I've been a minimalist for most of my life. In fact, people say my room looks like a monk cell and I wouldn't have it any other way, because I believe there's peace in simplicity.

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