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Cleaning is hard! Let's go shopping!

Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse is a series of photos of a Barbie-sized house, in which Barbie is a hoarder and the place is stuffed full of shopping bags, pizza boxes, newspapers, and other debris, all in realistic miniature form. It's the work of artist Carrie M. Becker, who has previously created somewhat neater scenes -- as well as some rather ominous. [more inside]
posted by litlnemo on Dec 29, 2011 - 30 comments

Humiliation Television

Playboy: The Curse of Reality TV (url/ads may be NSFW)
posted by zarq on Aug 29, 2011 - 57 comments

He calls it simply “the project”.

“The irony is [that Greg’s parents] were saving this for him,” she says. “Every little baby bottle, every little scrap, every rock that you see. In their minds they were doing it for him. And it’s just turned into this beast." Inheriting the Hoard is the story of Greg M., a man whose parents were hoarders, and his year+ struggle to clean out the house they left behind. [more inside]
posted by Georgina on Aug 8, 2011 - 209 comments

Toy Stories

Creep, a devastating (and oddly seasonal) animated short by Alex Heller. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Dec 19, 2010 - 53 comments

"I realized that I was in probably in the greatest sweets shop I shall ever find."

"It had a sign outside it saying Museum of the Americas, but no one ever visited it. Anyway, so he opened this door, turned on the lights one by one, and the sight that met my eyes is something I shall never, ever forget because instead of a congregation of people in this disused church, it was a congregation of portraits." Philip Mould, an art expert and a host of the British version of Antiques Roadshow, describes an early business trip where he met Earle Newton. Newton's home grown Museum of the Americas, a collection of over 300 rare 17th- and 18th-century English and American portraits, was housed in a nondescript church on the side of a road in rural Vermont. The collection, later valued at over nine million dollars, became the Earle W. Newton Center for British and American Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design upon Newton's death. [via]
posted by jessamyn on Nov 9, 2010 - 14 comments

Cat ladies are sadder and scarier than you think

"What's the deal with cat ladies?" asks an article. Maybe you saw the TV show, which could be "the grossest footage" on TV. Gross indeed, but read the studies from the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, or watch the documentary, and maybe you'll want to visit the little old lady that lives down the street and see if she's OK.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 8, 2009 - 47 comments

Possessed, A Short Documentary About Hoarders

POSSESSED is a short documentary film that 'enters the complicated worlds of four hoarders; people whose lives are dominated by their relationship to possessions'.
posted by jack_mo on Mar 7, 2008 - 44 comments

Disposophobia

Children of Hoarders: unpacking family secrets.
posted by Falconetti on Sep 1, 2006 - 43 comments

not just dust bunnies...

Squalor Survivors Is your house messy?
posted by konolia on Jan 22, 2004 - 29 comments

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