You may be dealing with the early signs of hoarding. Hoarding is a specific type of OCD. Hoarding and OCD are broadly classified as anxiety disorders. Hoarders are sometimes referred to as “pack rats.” This is because they tend to amass items that to the outside world seem excessive and are of little or no value. One of the most common signs of hoarding is difficulty parting with items.
What is very positive about this situation is that you recognize the potential problem. This is a very good sign because it means that you can begin addressing the problem. Sometimes hoarders do not receive help until the problem has grown to epic proportions. Some individuals who struggle with hoarding have amassed so many items that the county or local municipality threatens to condemn the home. Some individuals are forced out of their home.
There are two ways to deal with the situation. I would recommend counseling and consulting a professional organizer. Both you and your husband should participate in counseling and working with a professional organizer. It will be more effective if you and he work together as a team to solve this problem. Click on the find help tab to help locate a therapist in your community. I would recommend searching for therapist who specializes in hoarding.
The Arts and Entertainment channel (A&E) produces a television show about hoarding. You may find the program to be educational. On their website, they have a great list of resources for helping individuals with a potential hoarding problem locate mental health specialists and professional organizers. Hoarding has the potential to be a progressive disorder in that without treatment it may become worse. This is why it is important to seek help sooner rather than later. I hope you’re able to find the help that you need. Please take care.