Trish Tait-MacDonald and hubby Bruce MacDonald had no idea what they were in for when they had twins five years ago.
Trying to stay on top of the kids and their jobs left them no time and left their house in chaos.
Then came a two-week de-cluttering experiment with Jill Pollack, host of the TV show Consumed, who attempted to get this Maple Ridge couple back on track and to restore some sanity to their lives.
Pollack, a de-cluttering expert, challenged the Maple Ridge family - which is made up of Trish, Bruce, and five-year old twins Caden and Keira - to survive with only the bare essentials for two weeks while she dove deep into reasons behind their overconsumption.
"Hoarder is a bad word. We prefer the term pack rat," joked Tait-MacDonald.
"I'm a pack rat, stuff like a lot of memories, pictures, kids stuff, mail," she said.
"We got rid of a lot of toys. [The children] didn't miss a thing. It was a huge eye opener," Tait-MacDonald elaborated. "It's way better, even when it's messy, it's better."
MacDonald, a gas fitter with Maple Ridge-based Big Valley Heating, and Tait-MacDonald, a work-from-home design consultant, have been together for a decade and married for three years.
"Jill was amazing, her and Bruce are quite similar. My husband has been much more helpful in the house. Whatever Jill did worked," said Tait-MacDonald.
The second season of Consumed airs on Saturdays at 2 p.m. on HGTV Canada.
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