Free clean-up offer for messy homes
IF you look around your home and find you are living under a mountain of "stuff” and have to relocate dozens of unused objects each day just to carry on with life, you would be the perfect candidate for a Japanese reality TV show.
No, this isn't one where they throw you into an inflatable-filled studio and douse you with water cannons.
This is a show that could change your life.
Gold Coast-based CP International is a Japanese television production company that has been tasked with seeking out the messiest houses to clean up and organise for a one-off special show, Japan Rescue.
Production manager Shigeko Kageyama said they were hoping to cover up to five houses from the Sunshine Coast through to the Gold Coast, but needed help locating potential candidates.
"We did a bit of research on the website and we found a large number of hoarder support groups in Brisbane, a lot more than in Sydney and Melbourne, so we presume there would be more potential candidates in this area,” Ms Kageyama said.
The director of the show, which will be presented by a member of one of Japan's prolific boy bands, plans to bring a cleaning team of eight and film crew of four to the Coast to film in September or October.
"They don't paint or renovate or repair the home, but they clean up the clutter and the dirt and the cost of cleaning will be paid by the production,” Ms Kageyama said.
"The messier the home, the better, and we will begin filming from the negotiation scene, where we knock on the house of the door and offer to do the free clean.”
Due to the delicate nature of hoarding and its links with mental illness, Ms Kageyama said they would prefer to hear from home-owners who had already acknowledged they needed to clean up and start over.
To register your interest, send your name, the number of people living in the house, contact details and photos of the inside and outside of the house to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, September 2.
If you need help to address a problem with hoarding, call Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Queenslanders on average have at least $1800 worth of unused items cluttering up their houses.
- Generally, there are two types of clutter: the clutter that has sentimental value, and the "I might need it some day" clutter.