...on hoarders or the problem is all over and exploding. If you try to clean anything in a hoarder's home, there WILL be a negative altercation. That is because, as everyone knows, the first thing to go is the trash. Herein lies the problem. People have differing ideas on what is considered trash. At a friend's house, I tried to throw away party favors, like those stupid hats with rubber bands, the blow thingies and napkins. You'd have thought that I had kidnapped one of her kids. Her youngest is 10 and wouldn't be caught dead wearing a rubber band hat and the entire household had their birthdays in the previous 6 months and no one asked, "Don't I get those blow thingies? I want to toot."
That was a while back. But hoarding has reared it's ugly head again. This is a conversation that I just had:
Me: "Wait a minute, I'll give you the bucket to throw away after I fill it with trash."
Hoarder: "I'm not throwing away that bucket."
Me: "Why not?"
Hoarder: "It's a good bucket."
Me: "We can go out and drink 6 more beers and get another one if we need it."
Hoarder: "But it's a perfectly good bucket."
Me: "A lot of stuff is perfectly good AND garbage. We can't keep everything we think we may use in the after-life."
I THINK I won that one, the bucket seems to be gone. But, you never know, I could find it under a sink. Anyway, hoarders are annoying.