I am not a hoarder! So okay, my work desk might have goat’s paths and the 9 x 9 storage unit down the hall from my condo could use a good clear out, but still, I can let go of things! In the new book Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act, I learned that hoarders really can’t give up anything. I, therefore, am merely a clutter bug and only at work. My living quarters are actually quite neat. Each room and piece of furniture can be used for its original purpose, and clothing, books, and craft supplies are not stacked up on every surface.
This was so not true for Barry Yourgrau, the author of Mess. His girlfriend, Cosima, was horrified when she finally arrived on his apartment doorstep some years after he had taken it over from her and gave him an ultimatum: Clean it up or we’re breaking up! Now Barry had a sweet gig – he worked in his own apartment, but actually lived at Cosima’s much nicer place where she regularly cooked gourmet meals for him. Additionally, they traveled all over the world to foodie events for Cosima’s career. He had plenty of reasons to clean up his act, but would he be motivated enough to actually get it done?
Follow Barry as he does his “researches” that include lots of reading, talking with organizing professionals and a psychiatrist, and visiting one of the most famous hoarders of all time. It’s the most fun book on organization (or lack of it) that I’ve ever read!
Here’s a list of further resources on clutter and hoarding, most of which Yourgrau refers to in Mess.