I have known for a while that I have a problem with having a lot of stuff, but when I read the following it gave me real pause:
Although there is historical evidence of publicly available storage in ancient China, modern self storage facilities in which the tenant has exclusive access to the storage space did not begin to appear until the 1960s. Lauderdale Storage in Fort Lauderdale, FL was founded in 1958 by the Collum family, making it one of the first ever self-storage facilities in the United States. Modern storage facilities grew slowly through the 90s, at which time demand outpaced supply and caused a rush of new self storage developments. From 2000 to 2005, over 3,000 new facilities were built every year. - Wikipedia
I have had a large storage barn for many years but I never associated it with hoarding until very recently. I also have quite a few boxes in my house, and have an opportunity to get things under some control as I just moved here.
I joined Clutterers Anonymous a few years ago but never attended regularly even though it was an excellent support and help group.
I always seem to be in a minority, that is my home not being the usual as associated with hoarding. Therefore I am going to look for the commonalities and not the differences and throw myself into a program of action - being here, now - and doing my best to make progress... sometimes quickly, sometimes slooooowwwwwwwly.
I am so blessed to have found this site, thank you all for being here and for being so generous with your time and experience.