TV shows on decluttering/ hoarding/ housecleaning Dec 30, 2010 1:45:53 GMT -5 Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by joyinvirginia on Dec 30, 2010 1:45:53 GMT -5 There have been quite a few TV shows about decluttering and hoarding and housecleaning over the years, some still on, and one new one starting on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network that starts on Jan 1. Most of these shows I have enjoyed, some I have learned from, and some have been like watching a car wreck - you just can't look away. I want to hear what other posters think, which shows do you like, which do you avoid, and which ones do you wish would come back?The new show coming on the OWN network is "Enough Already" with Peter Walsh. I love love love Peter! I have loved him and his approach to decluttering since he was on Clean Sweep. I get his monthly email newsletter and I emailed him when I was faced with cleaning out my mother's home. He responded to my email, I thought it was really nice. I love his books, and I am excited to see how his show will be.Back quite a few years ago, Clean Sweep was on TLC, with several designers and decorators who rotated between the episodes. Peter Walsh and Angelo Surmelis were my favorites, tho I liked everyone on the show. The show focused on helping a family declutter two rooms, having a big yard sale to get rid of unwanted stuff, and redecorating the two rooms for the family, using furniture and items they already had. All this happened over two or three days, with a team including designer, organizer, carpenters, and I really liked this show because of the sorting/ decluttering process they went thru with the family, the yard sale getting rid of things, and I got some good ideas about storage and decorating from the show. Clean House on the Style network has the same team of folks on most shows, with Niecy Nash as hostess giving the humorous approach of the show. Usually it is a family being helped, and they have to do a lot of work with sorting and deciding what goes on sale in a yard sale. The show staff complete cleaning and redecorating. The focus is more on humor than nitty-gritty of organizing or cleaning.Mission Organization was on HGTV a few years ago. Every episode focused on one person or family with a specific organizational challenge. There were a variety of residences that people got help with, from very tiny city apartments to big famililes with big houses. The show followed one person or family working with one professional organizer over time. One of my favorites was Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, who specializes in apartments. He has a website, Apartment Therapy. I liked this show because it showed a realistic project over time, most of the work usually done by the homeowners.How Clean is Your House? was a British show on BBC America, and then American episodes were on Lifetime, with Kim and Aggie. Kim was the housekeeper by profession, Aggie had the science background to culture all the different icky stuff in your fridge or around your house and tell you what horrible diseases you could catch from your unhealthy environment. They took a humorous approach, and did make the homeowners do some cleaning themselves, including kids if there were any. They did bring in a team of professional cleaners to complete the job in just a couple days. I got some good practical cleaning tips from this show. I do recall when Kim & Aggie first came to the US to publicize their show being on Lifetime, they appeared on Oprah and "helped" Carol (I think that was her name) who ended up having a bad experience. Kim especially was more interested in her wisecracks than in worrrying about the feelings of people on the show.neat with Helen Buttigieg is a Canadian production, it shows on HGTV Canada and Discovery Home channels. Helen is a professional organizer who works systematically with an individual or family to organize their home. Helen does a lot of one-on-one work with the person or family she is helping, and they have to do most of the sorting and discarding. Hoarders on A&E TV focuses on people with a serious hoarding problem, and the producers actively look for folks in a crisis situation who are willing to accept help in exchange for things being filmed. I recall one person who was filmed for the show posted here. The participants are given funds for aftercare with mental health providers or organizers or both. The A&E message boards for the show are unique in that the professionals who work with the hoarders discuss the episodes the day after they air and answer questions. I really like Matt Paxton, the "extreme cleaning specialist" who is on several episodes. He lives in the Richmond VA area, where I live, and local papers have done interviews with him. I like all the professionals on this show. Matt has said that the producers really work hard to match the hoarders with the professionals who will work best with them. There is a train wreck factor, like you can't look away from the wreck, but real concern for the feelings of the hoarder and affected family members also. And they are not afraid to show a clean-up failure. One guy who was living in a house his father had left him, Matt tried to help, and at the end Matt summed it up: The hoarder was very happy living exactly like he was living, and he did not want to change, and they were not going to change him; and the hoarder had the right to choose how he wanted to live. It was more to it, a complicated family situation, and we got to see enough that viewers understood - this was not something that was going to get "fixed" in a weekend. Hoarding: Buried Alive is the TLC imitation of Hoarders. I don't like it as much, because of the production style. It has a narrator and sounds more clinical and detached, and it seems like it focuses on the train wreck factor more than anything else. I would be interested to hear what everyone else likes or does not like about shows like this, what if anything have you learned, or do you avoid programs like this?