LOL!!! Hubby and I are exactly like you guys!! My rule is that if I haven't used it in a year, then it goes. His rule is "What if we'll need it one day?"
The best strategy I've found is the argument that we both need space, and his stuff cannot encroach on my space and vice versa. We also have "our" space that cannot be cluttered. So, for instance, in the garage, he has his side, and I have my side. I choose to park my car on my side. He can do whatever he wants with his side, and I'm not allowed to say one word about it. However, anything that encroaches on my side gets thrown out. He's been pretty good about it-- and when he's accumulated too much stuff, he goes through it himself and decides what needs to be donated, thrown out, etc.
Another strategy-- I made him watch the show about cleaning your house on HGTV-- it was hilarious to watch him see people like him on tv!!!
at 11:22 AM on Apr. 8, 2009