I wonder if the mother and son in NYC have a rent-controlled apartment? That is huge, from what I've read about digs in NYC. I thought if you rented, the landlord would come in once a year or so and inspect. They must not in this case - otherwise, surely the landlord would have threatened them with eviction because of the extreme disorder. Talk about a fire hazard!
This series is light years away from the other one where supposedly it 'has' to be done in two pressure-filled days - maybe because they have a fleet of I-Got-Junk-trucks gunning their engines outside the house to haul away the debris.
I agree the people on the new series probably have a better chance of actually controlling their fears - and their junk - by taking it more sorely. But the shows are all about the ratings.