Here's part 2 of a 4-part post on clutter and 12-step programs. Yes, there is an actual 12-step program for pack rats, called Clutterers Anonymous (CLA)
Before I get in with my own rants about 12-step programs and CLA, let's start with the related episode from season 2 of Penn & Teller's 'Bullshit', broken up here into 3 parts. Granted, they don't address CLA specifically. They mostly focus on AA. But I'm posting it here because I'm sure some people aren't sure what exactly a "12-step program" is, and in this episode P&T make many valid criticisms about 12-step programs in general:
OK, now before I get flooded with hatemail, please note the following. If you're somebody who's had some sort of addiction problem, and the 12-step program has brought you success, then that's great! Glad you found something that works! My point here is that the 12-step approach is not necessarily the best approach for everybody. That especially includes me and my own clutter problem.
Tomorrow I'm going to post CLA's actual 12 Steps, and comment on them. Then later I'll talk about the CLA meeting I went to.