My boyfriend is a compulsive discarder... which, me being a compulsive hoarder, makes things difficult!
Ever since I was small I've gotten 'attached' to all kinds of junk, and haven't been able to throw it away. Things like receipts, used envelopes and packaging pose a pretty bad problem for me... at one point I even remember holding on to price stickers and tags from things I'd bought! Just totally ridiculous items that I have no idea why I felt so sentimental about.
When I was little and my mum would have a clear out of old children's toys, clothes, books, etc. from time to time, I remember on a couple of occasions sneaking down in the dead of night to rummage through the bags she had collected, trying to smuggle as much as I could back into my wardrobe. I also remember the time she threw out our old sofa, and her ending up having to cut out a piece of the fabric as a keepsake for me, because I was so upset for some reason to see it go.
Just today my boyfriend came round to help me pack my things for going home for christmas (we're at uni) and it got quite heated and stressful, with him discovering my mountains of old receipts, bits of useless paper, packaging and plastic bags all stuffed into any spare corner. He's one of those people who barely has anything in his room... he'll just chuck out anything he doesn't use on a regular basis. I feel better once I've had a good clear out, which I try to do once in a while when I'm in a ruthless mood, but the things quickly start to pile up again!