7-Year-Old Is Youngest Hoarder Ever

On last night's Hoarders, 7-year-old Alex was unable to part with anything, from toy packaging to used cotton balls. As a child whose Barbie shoes were—without exception—casualties of a merciless vacuum, it's hard not to empathize with him.

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When my kid was little, she also wanted to save every little thing. We used to joke that our decorator was Fischer-Price.

Solution? Dad took her out for the morning, Mommy bagged up anything I thought she wouldn't miss. The bags stayed in the attic for a month or two, but if she asked for something specific, it was retrieved. Otherwise, after the waiting period, it was HELLO, Salvation Army!

I will offer up the hint to used dark, dark bags.