“binners” rich and poor

Its a revelation that is both personal and cultural. Some of them regard themselves as business people and entrepreneurs.The psychology is a bit morbid, teetering as it does between mild eccentricity and out and out madness. It’s the kingdom of rubble…

A  title of C.P.O? Yes, a certified professional organizer or hoarding expert specializing in unpacking the art of hoarding.  It’s a mark of our consumer society in which hoarders are in. Almost hip, if it wasn’t for the pathological aspect. There is even a reality t.v. show called Hoarders, in which “specialists” give advice to families and their peculiar lives are transformed into a commodity, call it the surplus value of what they have accumulated. Chronic Disorganization disease looks at the basic hoarding issues: pure play hoarding, pack-rats, clutter-bugs, and the clinically disorganized. How would one classify the United States with its military stockpile? If Einstein’s desk and mind weren’t so cluttered…

---In Norman’s view, Gore’s desk is the cluttered extension of an organized mind. Indeed, Norman interviewed many seemingly organized owners of messy workspaces and heard them repeatedly request, “Please don’t clean my desk.” The apparent disorder of the office was being carefully tracked in their minds. Norman explains that all of our desire for “simplicity” is a false hope because life is complex. Complexity, however, does not need to be confusing.--- Read More:http://www.improvisedlife.com/2011/02/28/what-a-messy-desk-really-means/ photo Steve Pyke. Source:http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1622338_1363003,00.html

What inspired you to become a CPO-CD?
Geralin Thomas: I’ve been organizing as long as I can remember. Even as a young girl I appreciated having quality over quantity. I was emphatic about keeping only one Barbie and wanted nothing to do with any of her friends. Instead of dating Ken, my Barbie stayed in on Saturday nights organizing her dream home & evening gown collection which was color-coded in ROY G. BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Indigo, Violet)….

---Howell has put together a series of portraits of ordinary shopping carts, filled with ordinary stuff - everything from vacuums to clothes to bicycles. In the exhibit, Howell is exploring Vancouver's "binners." They're men you might see on the street pushing a shopping cart on garbage day, hunting for stuff you've thrown away. As Howell discovered, these men don't think of themselves as homeless. And the items inside their carts aren't necessarily personal. "Binners" are entrepreneurs in their own right, looking to collect items of value. Read More:http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/show-photo/what-can-you-do-with-a-shopping-cart.html


…In elementary school, when we started diagramming sentences using the Reed-Kellogg system, I was in organizing geek heaven. I knew then and there that if organizing words could bring me such joy, organizing tangible stuff would be nirvana.Read More:http://blog.rubbermaid.com/home/2010/03/geralin-thomas-professional-organizer.html

Ray Bradbury. ---"If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"- Albert Einstein--- Read More:http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/08/18/ray-bradbury-has-the-most-amazing-dreams-i-write-screenplays-he-says-with-a-wink-in-the-middle-of-the-night-when


Could Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Motivations have foreseen this? Is hoarding a high form of self-actualization or is a post phase where the accumulator in a transcending and consolidating phase? Or, the whole learning theory of Carl Rogers where the element of meaning to the learner is built into the whole experience of accumulation. But, its easy to rag and caricature the economically disadvantaged on television for mass market amusement, but there is little that separates them from hoarders on the upper spheres of the income ladder. It’s just a question of status and reflecting their individualism more ostentatiously since they enjoy the means:

---Leno’s luxury car collection includes approximately 200 specimens, including Bugatti and a jet-powered moto

le. Hey, whatever grinds his gears, and we all know Leno loves Cougars (the car...relax). Did you know that Leno employs a full time staff of four mechanics/fabricators to maintain his fleet of luxury cars? He also has a complete workshop, and simply calls on his way to work to have the car of his choice ready for him....Read More:http://www.imaginelifestyles.com/luxuryliving/2011/02/top-5-celebrity-luxury-car-collectors


On Jay Leno: His three garages near Burbank are packed with sports and special-interest cars, antiques and classics, old motorcycles, oil company signs and “automobilia.” He hasn’t counted everything up recently, but he owns more than 50 cars and about as many vintage and modern bikes. Read More:http://www.forbes.com/2000/12/18/1218lenols.html

---A Rockaway Beach couple has stockpiled food and assembled survival backpacks for their three adult children in Portland and Eugene. "If chaos arises, they can put the backpacks on so they can get home," said Kimball, 72. "There is a pistol in each of the backpacks." Another longtime friend, a Harney County cattle rancher, recently bought an AK-47 assault rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. "Does that tell you anything?" Kimball asked. "He's scared." La Grande welder and gunsmith Jim Rector, meanwhile, said he has supplies and a jetboat at the ready to carry him and his wife to a secluded hideout along the Snake River. They're all signs that the survivalist movement, slumbering since the Y2K scare and, before that, Jimmy Carter's bumpy presidency, has been shaken awake. Government officials, academics, authors and others -- in addition to those doing the stockpiling -- say a growing number of people are independently building caches of food, weapons and precious metals such as gold. As in earlier movements, survivalists are centered in conservative, rural areas such as eastern Oregon. Only this time, many prefer to be called "preppers" -- for preparedness -- and are driven by fears, stoked by Barack Obama's presidency, that economic catastrophe, sweeping technological failure and societal upheaval are just around the corner. ---Read More:http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/09/the_new_survivalists_oregon_pr.html

Obviously, there is a fine line between hoarding, collecting and the various “survivalist” tendencies among the general population. In a sense, all collecting beyond a reasonable and necessary fulfillment of our needs is obsessive compulsive.

Even the “Giving Pledge” of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates is a bit of a crock.   They are asking hundreds of other  billionaire Americans to give away at least fifty percent of their wealth to charity. So, all these hoarders under the socially non-stigmatized sign of “investing” get to transfer their hoard of cash into another hoard. Ideally, these billionaires should be on the show Hoarders, and have their stash hauled away and burned as kindling or electronically erased.

So, the t.v. show Hoarders is a bit deceptive, a narrow focus on a simplistic context. In hoarding, there are elements of survival, the social class system, how the individual values things, outright waste, and how much people are willing to toss out. In the stuff people throw away, they see aspects of their own lives and there is a sense of how we all live together from the basement hoarder, the “binner” and captain of industry…




This secrecy and shame make it difficult to know exactly how many people have the disorder.

Some experts think between 200,000 and 500,000 Australians compulsively hoard, but others put the figure closer to 800,000.

“It’s a sleeping giant,” Chris Mogan, a clinical psychologist and expert on hoarding, says. “There is no systematic estimate of how many hoarders there are in any Australian setting. I suspect there are many, many more out there than we are aware of.”

Louise Newman, the president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, agrees…. a

---Suzanne Gardner:Author Douglas Coupland has written an essay accompanying the show catalogue, in which he suggests that the work raises questions of commerce, commercialism, capitalism, green politics, environmentalism and the politics of homelessness. Read More:http://www.appliedartsmag.com/blog/?p=5128


…“I’ve only seen one case in my career [because] these people usually only come to light when the council steps in and orders a clean-up. Hoarders desperately want to keep hoarding. They don’t want to be stopped.”

There is little research on the condition in Australia and not much in the way of funding or treatment programs, but experts are hopeful hoarding will be included in the next (fifth) edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible used by mental health experts to diagnose psychiatric conditions. Read More:http://peterhbrown.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/compulsive-collecting-finding-hope-in-the-misunderstood-world-of-hoarders/
Joseph Heath:Consider the case of waste – or to be more specific, the particular sort of waste generated by conspicuous consumption. Veblen’s criticism here is relatively simple. Some goods are valued and consumed for their intrinsic properties. Thus the “advance of industrial efficiency” leads to improvements in the quality and comfort of life. Yet property is accumulated, not just to satisfy our basic physical needs, but also for its honorific qualities. It serves as a basis for invidious comparison, not just with respect to quantity, but also quality. This sort of accumulation is collectively selfdefeating, for the simple reason that not everyone can be above average. The result is that, regardless of how much the standard of living rises, “the normal, average individual will live in chronic dissatisfaction with his present lot”(1899, 31).

One way of articulating the problem to say that status (along with all of its derivative concepts, such as self-respect, esteem, honor, and merit) is essentially an ordinal ranking system, and thus the quest for status is a zero-sum game. Read More:http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~jheath/veblen.pdf

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