Oprah had two shows about a woman and her husband who lived in a home packed from floor to ceiling with clothes and gifts and garbage that they had been unable to let go of for over 15 years. It was shocking and sad. I have known others who have had problems with hoarding. As the woman acknowledged, she had suffered many losses over the years. Her children had left home and started their own lives and then her brother and sister died. She began to fill up the hole in her life with "stuff" and admitted that she went shopping every day. It became not only impossible for her and her husband to sleep in their bed because of the stuff, but it also impacted their health. Black mold, mice droppings and fleas had invaded their home.
Have you ever been a hoarder? Have you ever used possessions to fill a need in your life? If so, how did you deal with the problem? Perhaps you can give encouragement to others who have experienced this challenge.