I'm usually a couple years behind when it comes to television entertainment. I don't have any TV reception, so I watch certain TV shows on Netflix a season late. Over the years I've watched shows like 24, The Office, Lost, and recently I decided to give Hoarders a shot.
Hoarders is a show on the A and E channel. It highlights the lives of people who are obsessed with collecting obscene amounts of "stuff" at the expense of their health, sanity, and well being. At first glance when I saw these people I wanted to simply label them as slobs who can't tell the difference between useful belongings and total crap. At one point I found myself screaming at the TV as I watched these people trying to justify keeping mounds of rotting garbage in their home or choosing eviction or losing the custody of their kids as opposed to getting rid of their junk.
The people they feature are pack rats on steroids. It doesn't take long to realize that hoarding is not just a matter of poor judgement, but rather a mental disorder. If you haven't seen an episode, you should check one out. It's pretty depressing, but it will help you put things in perspective and realize that what you call a "pig pen" at your house is probably not as big of a deal as you think it is.
I love the feeling I get when I de-junk, give stuff away and clean. There is something so refreshing and liberating about getting rid of clutter. I just wish these people could experience that too. Now what I'd really like to see would be a show called "Chuckers" about people who are obsessed with getting rid of all their stuff who secretly throw away all of their belongings.