Our expert says:
Yep, compulsive hoarding. Some of us tend to keep lots of stuff, but at least limit the hoards to stuff of value, financial or sentimental. I found my late mother had carefully kept all my school reports, for instance.
But hoarding useless stuff has more of an obsessive-compulsive flavour, and can become a fire and health hazard. And old toothbrushes are a good example. They're relatively cheap to buy, you don't need more than one at a time, and old ones are unhygienic. And the expired food can lead to food poisoning.
The habit can form when money is tight, and be hard to give up.
The main issue in trying to deal with all this, is whether she can recognize that there even might be a problem. If she can be persuaded that this is not altogether healthy and that she might be better off if she could find better ways to handle this, then seeing a psychiatrist for assessment, if she can be persuaded to accept, could be useful, as treatment really can help.
The habit may also start to develop if there is early dementia present. If there is a significant health hazard, one might even possibly evoke the legal provisions for compulsory assessment and treatment, but she would probably resent that. Is there a GP who know her, with whom you might be able to discuss the problem?
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