Kelly Ripa admits to being a hoarder. It’s a soft, sweet, sentimental kind of hoarding focused on her children’s things–but it’s still not being able to throw anything away. She told Vanity Fair that she still has “an entire closet filled with baby and children’s things” that her three kids have outgrown. Her husband Mark, Ripa says, “likes to throw everything away, and I want to save everything.”
The popular A&E Hoarders program, which ran six seasons, was recently bought by Lifetime with an eye toward creating a season 7. Here’s a typical episode synopsis from Season 6: “Debra” has run up a $50,000 credit card bill on piles of clothes and “Patty” has “stuffed her house with so many floor-to-ceiling cardboard boxes” that she’s had to go live with her son. But the hoarder set hasn’t had a truly famous name among them since the Collier brothers became a household admonition in the mid-20th century, after dying beneath their accumulated junk. Ripa has said about throwing things away: “it’s a constant struggle.” Lifetime, go get her.