*Warning: this article contains graphic photographs that may not be suitable for all audiences.*
They say “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Perhaps my dear husband takes that saying to heart and strongly believes his own trash is indeed my treasure. Or, perhaps he suffers from a highly classified disease. One, not yet technically recognized by scientists and is currently under review by the FDA. Yes, for the sake of this article I will just convince myself that his condition is a common disease.
It was early one Saturday morning when I found 3 photographic pieces of evidence in our refrigerator. Upon a little investigating, I diagnosed my husband with “Refuses To Throw Sh*t Away Syndrome.” Or RTTSAS for short.
I know my husband is not alone. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people are carriers of this disease. Who are the sufferers you may ask? Their poor, innocent partners who spend their precious free time discovering the “treasures” throughout the house.
If we’re being completely honest, I first noticed signs of RTTSAS in our early dating days. As most naive partners do, I chalked it up to the bachelor life and enjoyed cleaning things like his bedroom and refrigerator. I basked in the domestic duties with sheer joy and admiration for the new man in my life.
However, the RTTSAS condition did not seem to improve as the years ticked on.
If RTTSAS sounds somewhat familiar to you and you fear as though you have fallen victim or are perhaps a carrier of this disease, listen up. I’ve jotted down a short list of signs and symptoms. If you answer “yes” to 2 or more of these questions, you may need to seek immediate help:
- Have you ever found a bag of chips with a few crumbs left in your pantry?
- Have you ever found a bag of pretzels in your pantry with no pretzels left, no crumbs, just salt?
- Have you ever found a jar of salsa, hummus or any sort of dip containing less than one scoop left in fridge?
- What about tabasco bottles? Ever find one with one drip left in fridge?
- Have you ever found a milk jug or orange juice bottle with approximately .5% of one swig left in fridge?
- Empty Amazon boxes left in odd places?
- What about appliances? Ever find an empty vacuum cleaner box belonging to a vacuum you no longer own?
- How about an empty iPhone 3 box when you and your partner are on the 8th version?
- And my personal favorite, empty and torn open envelopes left on kitchen counter….
Now, I wouldn’t be doing my journalistic duty without seeking expert testimony regarding RTTSAS. So, I found someone who has been suffering in silence from RTTSAS for much longer than a person should have to. With more than 40 years of experience, allow me to introduce everyone to my mother.
Me: When did you first start noticing signs of RTTSAS?
Mother: The second week of marriage, circa 1981.
Me: Did you feel alone, like perhaps you were the only victim or dad was the only carrier of RTTSAS?
Mother: No, I immediately knew that I joined a club. A tribe of wives suffering from the same disease.
Me: When did my father hit rock bottom with RTTSAS? Or did you have a breaking point?
Mother: Your father hit rock bottom probably 15 years ago. My breaking point happened around the same time. Despite my breaking point, your father was beyond help. I appreciate what you’re doing here, honey, but there is NO cure for him.
Me: What do you want to tell other wives suffering from RTTSAS?
Mother: Be very watchful for early signs and please nip it in the bud.
After interviewing my expert, I confronted my husband on my findings. He was in denial. Totally understandable for our first intervention. Would you believe he even blamed our 5 year old on being the culprit of some of my findings? I hope my innocent 5 year old son is not an early carrier.
In conclusion, I’m writing this article to let you know I’ve taken the appropriate steps to fully diagnose this disease and I’m proud it finally has a scientific name. RTTSAS is very serious and it’s currently being reviewed by the FDA. I am hopeful researchers will develop a pill, vaccine, or DUMPSTER very soon to help put us all out of our misery.
My weekend fridge findings….
Photographic Evidence #1 and step 1 toward intervention.
Photographic Evidence #2 and husband’s denial.
My genuine concern for his wellbeing.