I'm watching Oprah right now. Today's show is all about hoarding. Kudos to her guests who are letting their clutter hang out for all the world to see. I know how hard that can be. But, blogging about my clutter is one thing. I'm not so sure I'd be that brave if I was a hoarder. I do think that my husband may have a touch of a hoarding problem. I wish I would have thought to tape this episode for him.
One thing I've learned as I've watched this show today is that there are as many different reasons for hoarding as there are hoarders. That makes sense to me. Some people are shopaholics, others feel guilt when they need to throw things away. Some feel a sense of responsibility to use the stuff they've hoarded. I think my husband falls in this category. He collects things and saves them because he might need them someday.
I've been able to contain my husband's mess to the utility room, the garage and a bit in the downstairs family room. The main part of our house is in pretty good shape since I started blogging in December. Even though he's had bursts of being on board with Cleaning Up the Clutter and has even helped here and there, he still doesn't seem to grasp the long-lasting changes that he needs to make in order to get a real handle on it.
Oprah had some interesting information on her show that makes me think the issue isn't really about the clutter, but deeper than that.