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->''Look at all this garbage that I keep generatin'\\
I sit around all day and watch it biodegradin'\\
Bet there's a hundred health codes that I'm violatin'\\
Even my dog passed out and needed resuscitatin'.''
-->-- '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "Trash Day"

Someone's FatalFlaw is that they are messy. It's not as simple as leaving the occasional book on the floor or not cleaning up a minor spill. No, [[AbsurdityAscendant these people go all the way]] and create environments that should not be able to sustain human life. Trash is overflowing from garbage bags like vomit from the mouths of bloated black slugs, the air is a sickly brown color, primitive lifeforms begin to develop under the sink and [[ItCameFromTheFridge don't even think about opening the fridge]], but don't worry! They have A System.[[TradeSnark ™]]

Alternately, they might not just see it as trash at all, and are keeping everything around for some theoretical future use. The technical term for this is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disposophobia Disposophobia]] (the fear of throwing anything away) otherwise known as "compulsive hoarding". People who suffer from this condition basically think "I might need it later" to a life-threatening degree. ([[TooAwesomeToUse Anyone who's played an RPG might relate]]). If they don't have the phobia they could be too lazy/overworked/''sick'' (as in physically ill or disabled) to spend the umpteen hours needed to get the place together. Disabilities like compulsive hoarding are the number one cause, but this is rarely presented as a serious problem in fiction. Either way, this trope is usually PlayedForLaughs.

Related to MessOfWoe. Compare MenCantKeepHouse, ThePigPen, ItCameFromTheFridge, DownInTheDumps. For the opposite behavior, see NeatFreak.

Guess what... it's TruthInTelevision, as you can see in [[http://www.squalorsurvivors.com/ this site!]]


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Nodame's apartment in ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' is like this whenever Chiaki isn't around to clean it. How her piano stays in a playable state is anyone's guess.
* Lain's house in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' gains a worrying amount of mess and a nasty brown fog near the end of the series, [[spoiler:when Lain's family turns out to be adoptive and goes away, leaving her alone there]].
* Howl's house in ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. Strangely enough, Howl seems to ''prefer'' it that way--but Sophie cleans up after him nonetheless.
* Sheska of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is not a slob, but her room is absolutely full of unsorted books. So much that she's introduced needing rescue from being buried under a pile of them that fell over.
* Sato's apartment from ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' definitely counts. He at least tries to keep things marginally tidy during his 'oh god I'm a {{hikkikomori}}' moments, but for the most part, it's a sty.
* In the ''[[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei]]'' {{OVA}} we're introduced to [[NeatFreak Kitsu]] [[ControlFreak Chiri's]] older sister, Kitsu Tane, who is her complete opposite. It is explained that in their childhood, Tane chose to become ThePigPen in order to save the life of their gold fish, which Chiri had decided to clean. Unfortunately for Tane, she had to maintain this behavior for so many years, it eventually got stuck (literally; trash seems to follow her) and now she can't even take properly care of herself... To end on a positive note, if she hadn't kept Chiri's obsessive compulsive tidiness in check with her HeroicSacrifice, Chiri might've doomed humanity by the time the series started, considering what [[AxCrazy becomes of her]] when something is not perfectly perfect.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Onizuka's apartment is not only tiny, but a wall-to-wall landfill. A can of ramen with a hole in it is the least embarrassing thing there.
* Taiga's apartment in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', with a sickening stench emanating from the kitchen sink which was polluted so heavily that its contents were [[{{Pixellation}} censored on screen]]. Naturally, she is complemented by a NeatFreak co-star named Ryuuji, whose first reaction to seeing said apartment is to ''beg her to be allowed to clean it''. Since Taiga is a very LonelyRichKid living by herself and only returns to her apartment to sleep (her bedroom is the only room that's not covered with a carpet of trash) she just doesn't care enough about it or spend enough time there to hire anyone to clear it for her even though she clearly has the means to.
* Naeka's house in ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'' was so filthy that Kogarashi has to cart out living snakes and ravens.
* At the start of ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' Suguru's house is practically a biohazard, until [[NinjaMaid Mahoro]] comes to provide her services.
** His (unwashed) underwear had ''mushrooms growing on them''.
* Never, ever attempt to find anything in [[Manga/DGrayMan Komui Lee's]] office.
** [[http://i52.tinypic.com/2uo0u38.jpg Or Lavi and Bookman's old room.]] Granted, it's only paper in the end, but I can't imagine it not also being trash since they are supposed to remember everything they've read. And just imagine the dust..
* The student-run dorm in ''Manga/{{Moyashimon}}'' is a dump, especially Misato and Kawahama's room, which is just one big wall of mold spores from the perspective of main character Sawaki (who has the power to see microbes).
* Shigure's house in the beginning of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', with both Yuki and Shigure unable to bring themselves to clean it up. Later on, Tohru makes a comparison about dealing with problems along the same lines of doing a mountainous amount of laundry. [[FridgeBrilliance Reflecting back on things]], it's quite likely that metaphor was a bit more literal for her.
** Machi also has this problem.
** Shigure's room isn't much better. Even once Tohru's cleaned up the rest of the house, it's still a junkyard of epic proportions.
* Tenpou in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden'' has an office/library that becomes like this frequently and would get worse if Kenren didn't clean it for him. Weirdly in their future incarnations this switches.
* Misato Katsuragi of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The first time Shinji enters the apartment, Misato warns him with a sheepish smile that it's a little messy. He steps in and is appalled at the piles of [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl beer cans]], [[LethalChef instant meal wrappings]], dirty laundry...
-->"This is... a ''little messy''?!"
* In ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'', Ryotsu's room is basically like this.
* Erica Hartmann's room from ''Anime/StrikeWitches''. She also shares the room with another girl, Gertrude Barkhorn, who has it divided in half by a wooden barrier. Barkhorn refers to the barrier as her 'Maginot Line' and is horrified if even one piece of trash finds its way past. It's so messy that in one episode, she can't even find her underwear, so she ends up stealing a pair from one of the other girls taking a bath at the time. HilarityEnsues as they try to figure out who stole the underwear.
* Sorata of ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' would find [[IdiotSavant Mashiro]]'s room in this state after the first night moving in there.
* ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'' had a guy who was a total slob, his house is filled with trash bags and he sleeps on and under them.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Professor Ivy and her assistants live like this, which is one of the reasons it seems like heaven to cleaning freak Brock.
* The homebase in the Air Joker from ''Anime/KaitouJoker'' was in this state before [[NeatFreak Hachi]] cleaned it up, earning respect from Joker.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', flashbacks show that [[BrilliantButLazy Yang Wen-li]] was this before [[HappilyAdopted Julian]] turned up and started taking care of him. It's pretty heavily implied that this was one of the reasons [[BigBrotherMentor Cazellnu]] arranged the adoption in the first place.
* Ann's father Masahiro of ''Manga/SandChronicles'' is very poor at housework and thus keeping things clean by himself, as Ann discovers the hard way when she first stays the night at his new apartment.
-->'''Ann:''' ''*stares at the apartment full of trashbags*'' The... House of Trash. I saw it on TV.
-->'''Masahiro:''' No! I can explain! It's not usually so bad! I just forgot to take it out last week... and the week before... and the week before that... ''Hey, don't touch my trash!''
* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', overworked (according to her) and extremely lazy (according to everyone else) government agent Ms. Smith lives in an apartment that has trash bags and piles of stuff on every available surface.
* Matt's apartment in ''Manga/DeathNote'' is littered with snack food wrappers and a cereal box, in addition to the wires associated with Matt's electronics. Surprisingly, his roommate Mello doesn't seem to mind too much.
* Chain's apartment in ''Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront'' is shown to be littered with garbage and beer bottles. [[spoiler:In fact, the embarrassment caused by her crush Steven finding out about it can be used to bring her back if she completely phases out of existence with her powers.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Gaea's place in ''ComicBook/{{Noob}}'' before she turns out to have a roommate.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': As seen in ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Siobhan Smythe's apartment is a dumpster, and she actually likes it that way.
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' #27 (DC run) is "Bless This Mess," which has the girls grounded to their messy, toy-strewn bedroom until they clean it. Every time they do, Him makes it messy again.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** In the prologue Shinji thinks of how untidy Misato is and he remembers when he moved in her home and he found garbage in ''literally'' everywhere:
--->''She shook the empty can at him for a second before arcing it over her shoulder into the recycling bin without even a look.\\
Shinji sighed. At least he'd managed to train her that much. When he'd first moved in, he'd spent hours cleaning and collecting the cans that had been haphazardly piled and dumped all over the apartment, including some in places that just made him shake his head in confusion. In the shower, on top of the TV, all over the balcony... in the linen closet?''
** Rei's apartment is a real mess littered with garbage. When Shinji and Asuka visit her home, Shinji notices the same dirty bandages and trash that he saw when he visited several months before were still piled in one corner.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1660754/041/ Misato's house seems a war zone]]. There are all sorts of trash (food leftovers, pizza boxes, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, dishes, books, [=CDs=]…) scattered over tables and floor.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Asuka's room looks like a war zone. As described in chapter 7:
-->The place was mess; the girl who lived in it had never been one for tidiness after all. Even after Shinji had offered to clean it for her, she had refused. He walked over the threshold. The air was cold, but held a faint and distinctive smell—it smelled like Asuka. In the dark he could see discarded clothing, a few plates and cups, empty snack wrappers, magazines and a fluffy striped pillow on the floor where she had laid.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Misato and Rei's apartments seem war zones because the amount of trash, garbage and dirt littering the floor and furniture. Rei made an effort to become tidier, but when [[spoiler:Shinji got absorbed into Unit 01]] she reverted to her old ways. When Asuka visited her apartment in the "Friends and Rivals" side-story she was surprised when she saw the mess because she thought Rei was tidier than her.
-->''I entered her apartment. It looked like a mess. A rather strange sight, in fact. I always heard that Ayanami was a tidy girl, unlike me. But as I saw the state of her apartment... I realized that Shinji must have been doing all the chores in there...''
* ''Fanfic/SithAcademy'' had this as a running joke; the Dark Side always leaves a visible sign of corruption on its users, and for Maul it was that any area he lived in for more than a few hours at a time would inevitably become a pig-sty. There were mentions of civilizations rising out of the trash he left lying around, as well as at least two (maybe three) on-screen encounters with civilizations that emerged from [[ItCameFromTheFridge his fridge]].
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'':
** Misato's apartment is so messy it convinces Shinji that she's a "damned Slaaneshi daemon princess".
*** Played For Drama later. After [[spoiler:fighting Zeruel Shinji spent one month stuck inside Unit 01 and another month in a coma.]] Asuka and Misato had become so emotionally dependent on him that they fell completely apart during that time. They got so depressed they stopped caring for throwing away the garbage, cleaning or doing some chores. When he returned to their apartment, Shinji compared the piles and layers of garbage with ''geological strata''.
--->''Climbing the stairs, because the elevator was no longer working, Shinji arrived at the apartment and realized after a few seconds that he no longer had the key on him. Shrugging, he unlocked it telekinetically and walked inside… to see the debris from the emotional wreckage Misato and Asuka had suffered.\\
The pigsty he had discovered upon his initial arrival was nothing compared to this. Even back then, Misato made the occasional effort to bag her garbage, to do some chores on an infrequent basis. It seemed that somewhere along the line, she had simply stopped caring, and Asuka had done nothing to fix the situation.\\
The piles of garbage were geological in their thickness and significance. At the bottom were the empty beer cans and instant noodle containers, but as he moved up the liquor got harder and the food cheaper and nastier. He felt like an archaeologist, but instead of sifting through the remains of a long vanished civilization, these were the stages of the implosion of a human being.''
** Rei's house was already dirty and littered with trash before being converted to ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Nurgle]]'' worship. Now her house is dirty because she ''deliberately'' wishes being surrounded by decay and degeneration. Different kinds of mold grows in the walls, all kind of trash and deceased animals litter the floor, and she will not clean it; she will let it rot and descompose on their own.
* In ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' L resorts to just throwing off the huge stacks of paperwork, trash, and finger puppets from the hotel's (taskforce HQ's) coffee table in order to find his missing lollipop.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero-High-Sphinx-Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]], Nicole's room is filled with empty soda cans and messy clothes.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', OriginalCharacter [[AntiVillain Belladonna]] had a hoarder for a mother, so she grew up in a ''very'' filthy house, one disgusting enough to attract [[MuckMonster Grimer]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheGrinningSnake'', [[OriginalCharacter Konoka]]'s father only cleaned his office once a month, which forces Konoka to deal with a large mess when searching for clues about his death.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The entirety of Earth in ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. So much, that WALL•E was making skyscrapers from the blocks of trash he compacted.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'': Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo's every.single.room.they.lived.in. Full stop.
* Sebastian's workshop/living quarters in ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* "The Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505" in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. They had mountains of garbage at least as high as some buildings, streets were littered, etc.
* The airport in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' has a mountain ridge of trash running through it due to the alien janitorial staff being on strike.
* In ''Film/WorldsGreatestDad'', the neighbor is revealed to be a compulsive hoarder, making her as much of a recluse as Robin Williams.

* One of the ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels has mankind turn Earth into the Solar System's trash heap (leading to an EarthAllAlong when Lister recognized Mount Rushmore). At least until it 'escapes' when a methane vent ignites and the Earth farts out of orbit.
** Lister generally managed to create a smaller but no less deadly version of this in his living quarters.
--->"No way these are my boxers. These ''bend''!"
* In ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', Dirk Gently is having a standoff with his cleaning lady over who will open the fridge first; it hasn't been opened in several months. The rest of his flat is in a similar state. Eventually, Dirk just buys a new fridge and has the old one carted off, [[ItCameFromTheFridge where it spawns a new demon/god]] which conveniently eats the escaping 'villains'.
* In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'' by the same author, Arthur Dent's room is in a similar state, as he jokes "Bung a fork of lightning through this lot and you'd start the evolution of life all over again."
* ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic'' by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers demonstrates what happens when SufficientlyAdvancedAliens have this trait. Basically, all the mysteriously advanced (or just extremely weird) materials and objects found on Earth after some sort of unexplained incident are... the trash & fast food wrappings left over from some not-particularly-careful extraterrestrial tourists (For those not in the know, this book was the basis for ''Film/{{Stalker}}''.)
* The Wyler/Garin household in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheRegulators''. Autistic 8-year-old Seth [[spoiler:and evil possessing entity Tak]] doesn't care what the place is like, and his aunt/guardian Audrey, the only surviving adult in the household, has much bigger problems occupying her time and energy.
* In "The Musgrave Ritual", Watson grumbles about SherlockHolmes' tendency to fill their shared flat with stacked papers and oddly-placed personal items, not to mention shooting decorative holes in the wall. Subverted in that Holmes actually ''does'' have "a system" -- at least, he can swiftly lay hands on any document he needs -- and his accumulated bric-a-brac at least isn't the sort of stuff that decomposes.
* In Harper Lee's ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', the Ewell family's house and yard are described this way.
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series, Suzie Shooter's place is like this. John speculates that the only reason she doesn't have rats is because she eats them.
* Creator/DaveBarry once wrote a column called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Subhumanise Your Living Room]]", which is essentially a tribute to this kind of decoration. He describes that his [[WackyFratBoyHijinx college dorm]] contained little furniture except for an orange blinking light and a cardboard submarine, and the walls were covered in caked crepe paper.
* Subversion: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' - there is a general degradation of the town and houses crumble in their own dirt after decades of neglect, but the reason behind this is the lack of motivation for the monstrous inhabitants to make the smallest repair, since they are mutating into deep-water creatures and they will leave the town anyway.
* [[TheScrooge Plyushkin]] from Creator/NikolaiGogol's ''Literature/DeadSouls'' is an OlderThanRadio example and probably inspired a lot of other literary cases.
* In ''Literature/FreakyFriday'', Annabel's room is so messy the cleaning lady refuses to touch it.
* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', Witkacy's house slowly turns into this when Vulture starts to live in it. It takes only two days for the living room to turn into a total mess.
* ''Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine'' (and sequels): In a variant, it's only Professor Childermass's ''desk'' that's a disaster area, covered in papers and old composition books, which are literally overflowing onto the floor. The back room of his study is apparently in similar shape.
* ''Literature/ThePlantThatAteDirtySocks'': At the start of the series, Michael's half of his and Norman's room is this trope. Described as looking like a junk heap, it's so bad that "When [he] was forced to make his bed, first he had to find it."


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia Chase's first apartment.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross goes out with a beautiful scientist who happens to live in an absolute mess of an apartment. Joey doesn't seem to care much about spilling stuff or making a mess either, but since he lives across the hall from obsessive neat-freak Monica she occasionally makes clean-house-calls. She even showed up at the above mentioned scientist's apartment begging to let her clean it. That said, [[HypocriticalHumor she also has a massive collection of trash in her own apartment]], hidden behind the mystery door. Chandler is shocked when he finally gets it open.
* The television UrExample would be Oscar Madison from ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', which was also a play and a film. A TV Land Commercial pokes fun at this by using a fake-cross section of the bed, with an increasingly disgusting and improbable item down the hundreds of layers pointed out.
* The book shop in ''Series/BlackBooks'' became this way after Manny had run off. Even while he was there, it got so bad that he had to eat "scrambled eggs...with a comb...from a shoe!" A cleaner put on a white glove, and it turned black when he ran it along the ''air''. It had also begun to play habitat to "something with fur and a beak". I like to think it was a chicken riding pig riding a bear. And [[FromBadToWorse it got much, much worse after he left]]. For example, "Turn left, at the dead badger."
* The family's house in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. One episode revolves around them cleaning out a closet and finding property and mail belonging to the people who owned the house ''before'' the people they bought the house from, and they ultimately discover that the "closet" is actually [[spoiler:a spare bathroom]], but it was so full of junk that they never knew it. Another episode features Lois taking medication that prevents her and Hal from having sex and they channel all their pent-up energy into improving the house. At the end, Hal is convinced they have tripled the property value, but now Lois is off the meds and it soon goes back to the way it was.
* The main point of ''Series/HowCleanIsYourHouse?'' is seeing Kim and Aggie scream and squirm at the unbelievably messy houses they come across.
* When Burke sees Cristina's apartment for the first time on ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', he is a little shocked that Cristina is messy. Cristina monologues about the mess and states that she once hired a maid... who ran away crying.
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon is constantly deriding Penny for her apartment's constant state of disorder. In one episode, he even uses their spare key to sneak into her apartment and clean it during the night. [[NoSocialSkills He doesn't understand why she's freaked out about it in the morning.]] One episode had Penny let Sheldon clean her closet for her and he finds a dead goldfish she forgot she had.
* ''Series/{{Hoarders}}'' is a RealityTV series about people with compulsive hoarding. Things get even more perilous when people refuse to throw out food ("The milk's still good 'cause the carton's not puffy! It's just the outer layer of the lettuce that's gone bad! Oh... I ''think'' that was a pumpkin..."). Strangely, only two groups of subjects were [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Ladies]], and the more serious one had about 50 animals (about half of them were still alive, and about half of ''those'' had to be euthanized due to ailments caused by the horrible conditions).
** The show tends to diagnose everybody as mentally ill, often disregarding the fact that disability and/or limited mobility might be a factor (especially with older folks), being too exhausted from holding down three jobs, etc.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'':
** The first time we see Leslie's house, she admits to being something of a hoarder, having old birdhouses she hasn't put out and stacks of newspapers dated nearly twenty years. She's forced to call in a helper to help clean and organize it. It doesn't seem to be a problem in later episodes.
** April and Andy's house is worse; they don't seem to understand the concept of cleaning. What's worse was that they were living alone for only a week. When Ben moves in, he kicks them into high gear and they get better thanks to this.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "The Dig", the team treat a man who they believe to be a hoarder after seeing his house, whose illness is a result of this. When they search his house more thoroughly, they find his wife, even more sick that her husband and the actual hoarder.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', it's implied that Santana keeps her car this way, to the point that Brittany suggests she be on ''Series/{{Hoarders}}''.
* In one episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'' Londo has a slight bug problem. It starts when he finds an insect in his quarters, a big one, and ends up impaling it with his ceremonial dueling sword:
-->'''Londo''': ''*To insect on end of sword*'' HA HA! There, you see! This will teach you to... Trifle with a Centauri, you triple-damned... ''*Examines it closer*'' You know that... You know that you are smaller than I thought you were?\\
[[[BeatPanel beat]]]\\
'''Londo''': ...You are smaller. There are more of you!... THERE ARE MORE OF YOU!
-->''**Later in the episode**''
-->'''Londo''': If you see something this big with eight legs coming your way, let me know. I have to kill it before it develops language skills.
* Few of the reality show examples are quite as bad as Mr. Trebus, unlikely star of Environmental Health DocuSoap ''A Life Of Grime'', whose compulsive hoarding of rubbish had weakened the structure of his house.
* In ''Series/CasesOfTheFirstDepartment'', major Vaclav Plisek's desk at work is always disorganized and messy. Major Tomas Kozak often tries to convince him to clean it, especially if Plisek can't find important papers or his glasses. In episode "A Policeman to Gun Down", they have to look though a suspect's garbage. Kozak comes later and jokes that he's pleased that Plisek decided to clean up. Surprisingly, Plisek's home is clean and cozy, even though he's an old bachelor.
* In ''Series/TheMiddle'', the Hecks go on a trip and ask their neighbor to bring in the mail while they're gone. The first time the neighbor goes into the house, the place is such a mess that she calls the police, thinking that it had been broken into and ransacked. The family is embarrassed into cleaning up, but it doesn't stick.
* ''Series/YoureTheWorst''
** Gretchen's apartment in Season 1 is an absolute terror. It serves as foreshadowing to the revelation she has clinical depression.
** When living on her own during her separation from her husband, Lindsay leaves her home in a trash covered mess. However, this is more due to her immaturity and irresponsible nature, and she does learn to be cleaner once she grows up a bit.
* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': Shin's apartment was quite a mess before the women moved in, as shown in a flashback. One of the most obvious effects of the women moving in is that Shin takes better care of the place in the present day.

* Creator/ShelSilverstein's "[[http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/s/sarahcynthiasylviastoutwouldnottakethegarbageout.shtml Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout]]", who Would Not Take the Garbage Out. The narrator refuses to say what happens to her, but it seems that she [[{{Squick}} drowns in the garbage]].
* This is the premise behind the Music/WeirdAlYankovic Song "Trash Day".
* The {{Music/Gorillaz}} are notorious for their ability to trash a place in a matter of minutes. Their tour bus, the [[MeaningfulName Charon,]] is described as [[http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/315/4/3/the_gorillaz_tour_bus_by_megumi777-d32m2qj.jpg 'looking like a frathouse,']] and their original base of operations, Kong studios, was [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/gorillaz%20plastic%20beach/raizesaereasworld/Gorillaz/plastic-beach-gorillaz-2010.jpg even worse]]. It seems that Plastic Beach, being a literal [[DownInTheDumps floating landfill,]] continues this tradition.
* In the video to Donna Summer's "She Works Hard For The Money", an overworked waitress and mother of two returns home after another long day. The camera pans around her living room, which is an atrocious mess she's far too exhausted to bring under control.

* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Hercules had to clean the stables of King Augeas, which hadn't been cleaned in over twenty years. Poor cows! He rerouted a river to accomplish it, flushing the stable like a giant toilet. And then the Labor was invalided because he didn't use his own muscle to clean the stables, instead using the river (or because Augeas had agreed to pay him to do the job and then went back on the deal and got killed for it). Herc couldn't catch a break.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* This trope describes Jeremy's bedroom on any given day in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''.
* Same with [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin's]], [[ComicStrip/NonSequitur Danae's]], [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Peter's, Jason's and Paige's]] - with the exception of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', every strip with children as central characters will use this joke repeatedly.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* A morbid example from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''; [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] of the [[TheBerserker World]] [[AxeCrazy Eaters]] Legion wear power armor known for its distinctive crimson paint scheme. At least, it was assumed to be a paint scheme. As learned by a slave forced to clean a suit, their armor actually bears its original blue and white paint; the red is actually layer upon layer of [[RustproofBlood blood]], caked on from countless victims over the millennia.
** Seems the author got the facts wrong. Old, caked blood isn't crimson, it's ''[[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black]]'', or, if it's somewhat fresh and in a thin enough layer, a kind of rusty red. In fact, dried bloodstains are often almost impossible to distinguish from the rust stains without proper chemicals. It's kinda understandable, given that the main oxygen-bearing agent in a human blood is, well, ''rust''. They spend most of their lives in a hell-dimension where the laws of physics are the playthings of crazy gods.
** The less said about [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Nurgle followers]] and their (lack of) hygiene, the better...
* There is a whole sci-fi parody role-playing game whose PREMISE is that you are eking out your life from a whole PLANET full of trash that you have been exiled to. The very punk / crazy-over-the-top [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol_%28role-playing_game%29 HOL]] even has it right in the name: Human-Occupied Landfill.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The Dust Men from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' embrace this trope, as they built their base from pieces of steel plates and garbage over a park. They also construct some of their weapons for garbage as well. From annoying little spider drones to '''HUGE''' trash robots that are controlled by psychic hobos.
* A ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' quest centres on a bunch of trash littering the Nearby Plains. The problems can be traced back to a bunch of giants rooming together in a floating castle, and the fact that the one who's supposed to take out the trash is the one known for putting things off (such that your character only knows him as the Procrastination Giant). You solve the quest by spinning the chore wheel, making it another giant's job. (Before a 2013 update, the castle would suffer other problems once the Procrastination Giant was put onto a different chore.)
* ''VideoGame/Persona2'': Maya Amano's apartment is a complete pigsty. Upon visiting it in ''Eternal Punishment'', policeman Katsuya immediately assumes there's been a break-in.
* ''VideoGame/Persona3'': In a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBArA1sF-qE similar case]] to the above, when Mitsuru notices Junpei's door open, she calls the police assuming it was a break-in. However, Junpei states that his room is always like that, embarrassing Mitsuru and Junpei.
* Marisa of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a [[KleptomaniacHero notorious thief]] that grabs anything that interests her. However, she lives in a small cottage, and it is filled with everything she hasn't bothered to sort or throw away (which considering her short attention span is a lot). At one point in ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'', [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke]] even manages to find the legendary [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusanagi Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]] in one of Marisa's junk piles! It has reached the point that, when the Human Village was having a rat infestation in Chapter 21 of ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery'', Marisa's cottage was safe since the large assortment of magical (and frequently poisonous) junk scattered in her house meant that rats wouldn't even last a minute in there.
* Seeing how ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' is a LandfillBeyondTheStars, it's inevitable that pretty much everyone who lives there follows the trope. [[TheHero Rufus]] in particular is a subscriber, mostly because his hygiene is terrible even by Deponian standards.
* ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'': Sans, being the LazyBum that he is, managed a pile of trash in his room so impressive it actually became some sort of self-sustaining trash tornado. Which [[EasterEgg occasionally]] includes the Annoying Dog.
* Interesting variation: the Tetanus Warrens in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' are a cave system, but not a natural one. It's all trash that got structurally sound enough for the gaps underneath not to collapse. The end result is a network of rooms ''made'' of trash.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'', ''Ironbeak's Journal'' describes a ship like this. It's a massive cargo ship filled with the random detritus the captain has collected and scattered about with no rhyme or reason beyond compulsive hoarding. And the occasional crocodile. In other words, it's like most players' ships. To offer a small example, directions to reach the microwave from the captain are:
-->...through the galley's ventilation shaft, past the third broken television, left at the skeleton...
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** This is a trait of the Rieklings, a diminutive race of blue-skinned humanoids native to [[GrimUpNorth Solstheim]] who somewhat resemble "[[OurGoblinsAreDifferent ice goblins]]". They are known to collect and hoard detritus of the more civilized cultures, which they "form strange attachments to" and have even been witnessed [[CargoCult worshiping]]. These items range from random VendorTrash, to weapons and armor, to a crashed experimental ''airship''.
** This is a common trait of the followers of Namira, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of the [[DarkIsNotEvil Ancient Darkness]], associated with [[NightmareFetishist all things revolting]], [[NatureIsNotNice decay]], [[BodyHorror disfiguring diseases]], and [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. Her followers are infamous for preferring to live in dark and squalid conditions. Anyone attempting to remove them from these conditions is [[MamaBear met with her wrath]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Nina, Charles and Oliver's apartment in ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' is such a mess that Rapunzel initially wondered how they could even manage to live there. The first thing she does is to quickly teach them basic notions of cleaning and tidying, as the three grew up on the streets and were used to living in those conditions.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* The dorm room of the (male) main characters in ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell''. Spoofed when one of the characters is completely unaware of the mess, because the background is blank. Another character waves his hand, and parts blank background, which turns out to be a wall of fog emanating from all the garbage.
* The character of [[http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1413 Marigold]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', at least before [[SuperOCD Hanners]] gets to her.
-->'''Dora:''' Aww, what a cute pet rat!\\
'''Marigold:''' ''Pet'' rat?
* Ratliff from ''[[http://www.eyebeam.com Eyebeam]]''. The pile of mess in his room [[http://eyebeam.com/toons/index.php?num=75 is]] [[http://eyebeam.com/toons/index.php?num=111 a]] [[http://eyebeam.com/1983/index.php?num=105 running]] [[http://eyebeam.com/toons/index.php?num=225 joke]] throughout the comic. When Ratliff moves into his own house, Eyebeam comments that it is nice how the trash piles up to a lower level, only to be reminded of "the tides". Once, and only once, does Ratliff actually [[http://eyebeam.com/toons/index.php?num=241 clean his room]]; HilarityEnsues. A quick de-cleaning restores the natural order of things.
* Fox's desk in an early ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'' strip resembled a trash heap.
-->'''Collin''': "Fox, it's developed sentience."
-->'''Desk''': "I have not."
-->'''Fox''': "See? Two against one."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' Sam Starfall's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00882.htm initial reaction]] to the sound of every loose object on the ship being pushed to the back:
-->'''Sam''': "Cool! I'll finally be able to see what color the carpet in my room is."
* Fooker of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault''. His apartment is so filthy that it spawned a sentient slime mold named Fred, who becomes a main character.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}'' episode "Magic Keyboard" starts out with this, courtesy of Ian. Upon finding said keyboard, Anthony happily deletes the whole trash pile at once.
--> Ian: My treasure! My sweet, sweet treasure! (''tearfully'') You'll pay for what you've done! (''Anthony produces a dollar bill, then copies it several times'')

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* [[CloudCuckooLander Ed]] in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. Also an example of ThePigPen, his room is pretty much nearly uninhabitable for human life, including a bath tub filled with gravy.
* Played literally in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' when Timmy accidentally ends up trashing Mount Olympus while partying with them. The Greek Gods, being who they are, [[WildTeenParty do the same to Timmy's house.]] In another episode, Timmy is ordered to clean up his room, which has become so bad that there are creatures living under his bed and grabbing anything they see as food, unidentifiable green molds, rats crawling all over, other stuff.
* The Griffins' house in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' becomes like this in "Breaking Out is Hard to Do" after Lois gets caught serially shoplifting.
* This was shown to have happened in Earth's past in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Big Piece of Garbage". The city of UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} had become so messy by the year 2000 that all of the landfills and [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] were full. The city sent all of its garbage onto a barge that traversed the globe for a number of years before acquiring a shuttle to send all of the garbage out into space. This comes back to bite humanity in the ass, as in 3000 the giant garbage ball has come back into our solar system and threatens to destroy the whole planet, leaving only a "smelly crater" where the Big Apple stood. Only Fry's skills at making more garbage in order to create another garbage ball of the same size saves the Earth.
* Beezy on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' lives in these conditions, to the point that he's [[{{Pun}} literally]] renting space to garbage.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Trash-O-Madness", Rocko's house becomes so filthy that even his dirty underwear develops a form of intelligence and tries to crawl away. Rocko's house is also seen as absurdly messy in several episodes, although [[ZigZaggingTrope not every one]]; sometimes his house actually is acceptably clean.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The {{Trope Namer|s}} is the [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E22TrashOfTheTitans title]] of the [[MilestoneCelebration 200th episode]] (which, notably, featured guest appearances by Creator/SteveMartin and Music/{{U2}}), whose plot revolves around Homer's bid for sanitation commissioner of Springfield. He succeeds, but as usual his incompetence takes charge, leading him to fill the town with so much garbage that it must be uprooted and moved five miles away. It should be noted, however, that the show has also used this trope in several episodes prior to Number 200, such as:
** "War of the Simpsons" has Bart and Lisa throw a house party and trash the house so bad that Grandpa starts crying, only to learn that [[spoiler:Grandpa faked it so he could make the kids feel sorry for taking advantage of him]].
** "Homer Alone" has Homer looking after Maggie, while Bart and Lisa are at Patty and Selma's apartment and Marge is at a resort following an arrest for obstructing traffic.
** "Marge in Chains" has Marge put in jail, and things get so bad that Homer is reduced to wearing Halloween costumes and when the kids try to clean up, they accidentally step on a man underneath the carpet who yells, "Hey, watch it!".
** "$pringfield [or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling]" has Marge addicted to the slot machines at Burns' casino and the kitchen is a wreck, along with Homer's room when he's scared into believing the Boogeyman is coming after Lisa.
** "Home Sweet Home-Diddly-Dum-Doodily" has Homer and Marge go to a spa and the Child Welfare officers find Grandpa asleep on the couch, Maggie drinking from a dog dish with the sign "I'm A Stupid Baby" on her back (which was meant for Lisa in a previous scene), and Santa's Little Helper having sex with another dog on the dining room table (not seen, but implied, according to the list of offenses one of the Child Welfare officers gave to Marge).
** In "Bart After Dark" Homer and Bart make 'garbage angels'.
** There are also little examples that aren't tied to the plot, like the goats eating out of the trash Bart didn't take out in "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", the moose going through Homer's uncovered garbage in "New Kid on the Block", the polar bear going through the garbage in "Homer the Heretic", and the fawn gnawing on the chair in the messy living room in "The Springfield Files".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' cartoon series, one episode involves Christopher Robin having a messy room and stuffing all of his trash under the bed rather than cleaning his room properly. The plot gets interesting when Christopher Robin and the other characters [[DownTheRabbitHole find that the space under the bed is a whole world of its own; that they are trapped there until they can find a way out]], and that this world underneath the bed is not only [[DownInTheDumps a real dump]], but also the domain of a hostile BlobMonster who thrives on dirt and wishes to spread all his dirtiness throughout the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Dan's apartment is always shown to be a pigsty. Dan notes that his home somehow gets messier when he's not even around.
* Bill's house in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is frequently very messy covered in food and beer cans, it's sometimes so bad it attracts pests, in one episode he was able to form a large pile of debris from the garbage in his house, and his bathroom is legendary among the other characters for being especially disgusting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' the girls seem to have become this after they start living together, causing Sam to become a NeatFreak to get them to clean the house. Ironically, her room is also completely filled with trash.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Goldie Delicious, a distant Apple Family member, is both a hoarder and a CrazyCatLady, both played surprisingly straight.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'' (1961) has Dave Seville bent out of shape because Theodore's and Simon's beds and bedroom area are in disarray and junk-strewn. Alvin's is conspicuously and shockingly neat and tidy. That's because he shoved all his junk and toys in the closet, which Dave eventually opens.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Greg has a storage unit ''full'' of stuff he can't fit in his van. His aunt and uncle hoarded a barnful of old plane parts and stuff as well, which makes Greg wonder if [[InTheBlood their family has a problem]].
** Amethyst has a lot of junk in her room too. At one point she finds, and ''eats'', a fish taco that's ''several years old''.
** In "Maximum Capacity", the storage unit finally gets to be too full to put anything else in it, and Greg reveals that he stopped clearing it out after Rose Quartz died, which is actually TruthInTelevision when it comes to hoarding, and it's hinted that Amethyst's messiness is also because she misses Rose. It gets cleaned out by the end of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In the episode, "Thirteensomething", after Babs aces her audition for the titular ShowWithinAShow and Buster is unable to find a replacement co-host for ''Tiny Toon Adventures'', he goes into a deep depression and leaves his burrow filled with piles of trash. When Plucky and Shirley come over to visit him, they are quick to take notice.
--->'''Plucky:''' Yuck! Smells like something died down here!\\
'''Buster:''' Yeah, my career.
** At the beginning of the short, "Compromising Principals" (part of "Best of Buster Day"), various garbage falls on Buster when he opens his locker in an attempt to clean it out for the Student of the Day contest. Plucky, who is wearing a gas mask, tells Buster he'll never win the contest with a messy locker.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "Chore and Peace", Lincoln figures that he's got a raw deal when his chore is taking out the trash all by himself, which is a herculean task when living with ten sisters (one of them a baby) as well as a dog, a cat, a bird, and a toilet-trained hamster. He goes on strike until he can swap chores with one of his sisters, and the trash accumulates. Things get messier when his sisters go on strike in response. It gets to the point the garbage in his second-youngest sister [[ChildProdigy Lisa]] becomes sentient. The episode ends with the garbage being taken out and the strikes ending, but Lincoln finds out the garbage workers are on strike for more money, [[HereWeGoAgain and now he and his sisters are striking to get pay for their chores.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Sentimental Sponge" has [=SpongeBob=] believing all his trash holds sentimental value such as wrappers, burned out light bulbs, [[{{Squick}} grease, and his sweat]], and starts hoarding everything in house until his entire neighborhood in overflowing with his trash.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat generate [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/kaeloo/images/4/4d/Whatamess.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161201063412 piles and piles of trash.]] It's mainly food packaging, since they spend most of their time eating snacks and sitting on the couch watching TV.
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': In "Humphrey in the House", the club becomes a total mess when their janitorial staff, [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} the magic brooms]], goes on vacation, leaving Minnie to hire the bears from Brownstone Park as temporary replacements.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: there are many reality shows (such as the above-named ''Series/{{Hoarders}}'') dedicated to professional cleaners visiting houses that have been absolutely overrun by filth. Also, you have probably met at least one person like this in your lifetime. If you haven't met someone like this, it just might be you.
* In general, while the Romans were slight exceptions, virtually any city before the mid-1900's was this way, due to lack of public sanitation policy. These living conditions were a direct contributor to the various outbreaks of Plague (Especially the notorious Black Death), cholera, and other such diseases. It took centuries for people to brainstorm the idea of public sanitation and waste disposal, and longer still for it to be commonplace.
* New York during the 1800s. There was so much filth and garbage it was incredibly difficult to live there without catching some sort of disease, and these awful conditions were part of what led to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_draft_riots New York City Draft Riots]] of 1863.
* Cities in the 1800s and early 1900s were cesspools of disease. New York was one of the worst, along with London, but every crowded city would have this problem. This may have also facilitated the spread of the Spanish Flu pandemic.
* The filth and overcrowded conditions in Paris in the second half of the eighteenth century were a contributing factor to the French revolution[[note]]Short version: The king had decreed Paris could not expand beyond its walls, for fear that the common people would take over the countryside and displace the nobility. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Whoops]].[[/note]]
* Perhaps the scariest real-life version of this trope would be New York brothers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collyer_brothers Homer and Langley Collyer]]. Over 100 tons of garbage was found in their house, and they even built traps to keep people from stealing anything. Unfortunately for both of them, Langley was [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by the very traps they set]], while Homer, who had gone blind some years earlier, was trapped by the rubbish and slowly starved to death.
* "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, depicted in the documentary film ''Film/GreyGardens'', were another famous real-life example.
* In 2007, the entire city of Naples, Italy was subjected to this. Factors blamed were incompetent local government, restrictive environmental laws, and infighting among organized crime. The city managed to clean up the most touristy areas somewhat, but that's just about it. Garbage collectors being controlled and/or threatened by TheMafia was mitigated by police crackdowns and offering armed protection to the collectors, but then there's that insignificant problem that the main city dump is already overflowing. And all the neighbours are vehemently against creating a new landfill on their territory.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, humans]]. To note, the most of the debris present there are incredibly tiny, and as such, the area can't be seen from space.
* [[IncendiaryExponent The burning of]] [[http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1642 the Cuyahoga River]] in UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}. When a ''body of water'' becomes flammable, you know you have a pollution problem, and it's caught on fire at least thirteen times between 1868 and 1969.
* [[http://community.livejournal.com/housematehorror/1451.html The Worst Roommate Ever]] Warning: language definitely NSFW, narrative definitely not [[NauseaFuel stomach-]] or [[BrainBleach sanity-]]safe.
** Certain scenes double as RoomFullOfCrazy.
* Some people hoard garbage in their cars, till all but the front seat are inaccessible. You can only wonder what their houses are like.
* [[https://web.archive.org/web/20080611213723/http://www.citypages.com/1997-03-12/news/behind-closed-doors The infamous Eggert house]]. "[[ItCameFromTheFridge The refrigerator from which years-old food and roaches spilled out]]". "To get into bed, they had to climb up a mountain of trash and slide down the other side, slick with human feces". "The toilet and bathtub were overflowing." "A baby's crib coated in gray mold". "Conception, believe it or not, occurred here."
* [[http://www.overthelimit.info/curiosity/2010/08/29/missing-hoarder-found-dead-in-her-own-home/ Las Vegas hoarder found dead after missing for four months]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqVekHHObLg This guy]] hoarded buckets of his own urine and feces.
* On a smaller scale, many rapidly-urbanizing Third World cities don't have the infrastructure in place to handle all the garbage its citizens produce. In Cairo, for instance, garbage is sometimes stored on the roofs of houses.
* The ''Cactus'', a derelict Coast Guard tender moored in Puget Sound for many years, was loaded with "buckets of paint and epoxy; rusted steel plates, rubber hoses, PVC pipe, leaking pails of seam filler, old newspapers, mattresses, boxes of tiles and who knows what else" (''[[http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019103617_derelicts09.html The Seattle Times]]''). It currently resides in a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} shipyard awaiting dismantling.
* [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Steven Spielberg's]] room was like this as a child. Supposedly, he lost a gerbil in there for a few years. ''It was still alive when they found it.''
* Many Soviet citizens took up the scavenging & hoarding habits. As a result, their flats and ''dachas'' were gradually being filled to the brim with all kinds of old stuff of various usability. This was justified by the fact that in the planned economy of SU, it was extremily hard to get just about anything -- including most raw materials -- unless your line of work involved it. To their credit, many did find uses for at least parts of their hoards. Industrial junk was used to carry out small repairs at home and construction work at ''dachas'' -- even today, one can see old fences and sheds crudely put together from rough planks, rusty metal sheets and such. Cloth, buttons and such were used to repair clothes and even sew new ones. Magazines like the famous ''Sdelay Sam'' (Do It Yourself) were full of advice how to [[MacGyver make all sorts of useful stuff from various garbage]], and equally famous imported ''Burda Modan'' included full sewing patterns for pieces one couldn't find in stores. People with higher than average skill at this were known as ''umel'tsi'' (handymen) and boasted having own-made stuff that users of off-the-shelf goods couldn't even dream of. On the downside, every such thing was one of a kind, the author had neither motivation nor capacity to produce more.