Somewhat the same thing happened with TiVo. Before I left for vacation I cleared it of all the recorded programs, either by watching them or just deleting the ones I didn't have time for. Then I made sure it would record almost nothing while I was gone. I got lucky when two of my favorite telenovelas ended the day before I left, so I didn't have those to worry about.
By now I've watched everything that TiVo recorded for me while I was away, except an episode of Adoption from the Hallmark Channel and an opera (Gounod's Romeo and Juliet) that was on PBS. I deliberately skipped several episodes of General Hospital, knowing I'd be able to fill in the gaps, since anything really important is shown over and over again as a flashback.
With both TiVo and the refrigerator, I hope to keep things sleek and clean as long as I can. I'm not the most driven person when it comes to staying orderly and organized, so I doubt this pristine state of affairs will last. But right now there are empty shelves in the fridge and plenty of room on TiVo's hard drive.
If only I could start over like that in other areas of my life. Wouldn't it be loverly if all the filing I've neglected just disappeared, and I could have a fresh start? I have so much unused software on this computer, I should just force myself to start uninstalling the extra stuff. And you know, if someone would just plow my whole yard under, I'd find a way to keep the weeds from growing back. Really I would.