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Stuck with Dad's stuff

Posted: 13 August 2012 - 10:37 PM
My Dad was temporarily out of a job and he and my mom moved in with me and my husband and 2 girls. He was out of work for several months and between my sister and I we were able to store their items in our homes. He now has a job and a new home, but it is not big enough to accomodate all of his posessions. One bay of my garage and some sizeable amount of space in my in-law's barn is being used to store the excess. My husband and I went to his new house and took everything out of the new (full) garage, labeled it and separated out all his things to "go through." His room is full, the living room is full and half the garage is full of his hoarded items. Remind you, he still has bascially a double garage (or more) full of posessions (some of them necessary like household goods - but many are his) that are lost in storage elsewhere. He, like most hoarders, I'm learning cannot part with the simplest of items. Logic does nothing to sway him to change; pressure drives him to anger. My husband and in-laws don't mind storing things for a short time more, but he must get rid of so many things. We told him we would help him in any way we could. OUr 1 bay could be used until the end of the year and then they need to make other arrangements. The barn must be cleaned out soon. My mom can't really help - she's battling cancer in another city and getting treatments. What should I do? If this were all in his house, I'd leave him to it. But it's in mine and my husband's parent's property. How do I apply pressure/support, etc to someone who is in denial? He says he knows he has too much, knows it won't all fit, says he "went through several boxes," yet when I tried to get him to give up a package of pens and a new wallet he will never use he got so mad he threw the whole box!? I feel a bit trapped. Help!
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