thanks for this thread. i was going to post on this same topic here, and saw that others feel the same way. yes, i like watching that show; it motivates me to finish organizing my new upstairs. everything got jumbled up in the construction process, and i'm still digging out, six months after completion. (of course i also have a very active 3 year old and a newborn who keep me occupied all day.) i watch that show in the evenings sometimes, and it makes me want to get done with my projects. it makes me want to throw things out. it makes me want to give away the outgrown baby clothes i procrasinate on doing.
since others have been sharing their stories, i'll share mine. my parents are hoarders. my dad's parents were also hoarders. i grew up in it. for a long time, my parents got away with blaming us kids. for being messy, etc. there were four of us, close in age, all of the others are boys. they were pretty messy, it was true. but now that we are all adults and out on our own, my parents hoarding has gone to a new level of dysfunction, and the kids can certainly not be blamed anymore.
my mother's parents were the exact opposite, they were neat as a pin and perfect in the housekeeping department. although i loved my grandma, and she quit doing this later in life, growing up i always heard from her, "you should help your mother more" in regards to "cleaning" the house. trouble was, that we were never allowed to throw anything away. it's hard to clean when there is junk just everywhere.
so i carry this psychological burden, i think, of responsibility. and i'm just not a "clean freak" by nature. i am more of a free spirit, and my mind always goes to how such and such could be useful, etc. but i do fight these tendencies, and right now about 80-85 percent of my house is in pretty good shape. it will probably never be "white glove" clean like my maternal grandparents' house was, but what i mean by pretty good shape is uncluttered, and basically cleaned, floors swept or vaccumed, toys picked up, etc. i'm still working on the remaining 15-20 percent, this is where i have some piles still to go through. but yes, hoarders gives me motivation to get it done. every night when everyone else is first asleep for the night, i put about an hour's effort into organizing. my hope is that i have about a month's worth of one hour a night work left to go.