are you a packrat?

goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
I have issues :lol: I stockpile art supplies for some undefined future project. I can't seem to give away clothes that are 4 sizes too small that I never want to fit into again. "what if....?" is the repeating chorus in my head.

How do you deal with this? I need to sort and organize and get rid of some things - I'm thinking of calling it Spring Cleaning. Now I just have to get motivated.
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    If I havn't used it in 6 months (with the exception of seasonal clothing) it either gets thrown out or sent to charity. As far as clothing, if I didn't wear it the previous season (like last summer) it's gone. It's really just an excuse to buy more, but I hate having clutter around.
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,938Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Maybe it would be easier for you to part with stuff if you donate it instead of trashing it. I know that helps me. I don't need clothes sitting in my closet if someone else could wear them, or art supplies that are just drying up if a school could use them.
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    No. In fact, I throw things out and then months later I find I needed them. :roll:

    I guess I'm a-- throw out rat?
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    CGNYC wrote:
    Maybe it would be easier for you to part with stuff if you donate it instead of trashing it. I know that helps me. I don't need clothes sitting in my closet if someone else could wear them, or art supplies that are just drying up if a school could use them.

    Clothes I do donate....art supplies, you will pry them from my cold, dead hands.....I eventually do use them, I just need to organize my storage shelves better in my studio. It's not that I have trouble getting rid of things, I have trouble getting started.....*procrastinating* :oops: I lack motivation and the time. Maybe if I had motivation, I'd make time :lol:
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  • MizKerriMizKerri Posts: 1,701Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote:
    No. In fact, I throw things out and then months later I find I needed them. :roll:

    I guess I'm a-- throw out rat?

    Me too. I despise clutter and I go out of my way to make sure I don't have it!
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Where's the "not only no, but HELL NO!" option? :lol:

    I weed stuff out every 6 months. I donate most of the clothes and lamps and random junk my husband drags home to Good Will.
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  • skywatcherskywatcher Posts: 429Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I weed stuff out every 6 months. I donate most of the clothes and lamps and random junk my husband drags home to Good Will.

    I have one of those husbands too...Oh God, that man drags home the most junk...I just don't know where he finds it all. Then, the minute I throw something out or give it away, he asks me where it is. Yet, it could be sitting there for eternity & he wouldn't give it a second look :roll:
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  • HairproductjunkieHairproductjunkie Posts: 363Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    Where's the "not only no, but HELL NO!" option? :lol:

    I weed stuff out every 6 months.

    I heart PartyHair. You make me feel normal because of your bi-annual culling and your attention to grammar. :wink:

    Yes, I weed out stuff every 6 months. In fact, I am doing this right now. My goal this weekend is to get hubby and I to clean out his office, and throw away all of the stinkin' boxes that he likes to keep!!!
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  • bouncebounce Posts: 297Registered Users
    Not at all - I throw everything away. I have no pictures of any of my exes, no gifts from any of them, no books from college, no projects, nothing. If I haven't accessed it in a year, it's out.

    My husband is a huge packrat but I throw everything away and never even notices. If he doesn't even notice, must not be that important anyway.
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote:
    No. In fact, I throw things out and then months later I find I needed them. :roll:

    I guess I'm a-- throw out rat?

    This is me, too. DH, however, is a HUGE pack rat. So I just keep the basement door closed and let him do whatever his little heart desires with all the junk down there.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Novice
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I've been trying to live by the "throw something away everytime you get something new" rule. Every time I buy clothes, shoes, underwear, etc., I put some old ones I'll never wear again into a bag to give away. Every time I go grocery shopping, I throw away stuff that's basically empty, gone bad, never eat again, etc. It's really the same principle.
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    No way. I throw EVERYTHING away. I follow the same mantra, except I get rid of stuff I haven't used in 2 or 3 months! Clothes, if I didn't wear them last season, they're out too. I throw away so much stuff, sometimes I end up throwing away stuff I need. In one of my many manic episodes to clean stuff out, I accidentally threw away my W2 forms as soon as they came in, and had to wait for new ones before I could do my taxes! My DH is a huge pack rat. I cleaned out his apartment when we were dating and found receipts that were 5 years old! I found an old army surplus bag in his room that was full of scrunchies! It was from college!
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    babywavy wrote:
    I found an old army surplus bag in his room that was full of scrunchies! It was from college!

    Is there a reason hubby was collecting scrunchies?

    :lol:
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Excuse me, there's an upstairs closet I need to clean out...
  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think it's better I don't ask what went on during that time of his life! Between the ages of 17 and 21 he was involved w/ a group of people that threw underground parties or "raves" all over the east coast, when they were still illegal. I call those 5 years his "dark ages". I'm better off not knowing what went on during that time!! :wink:
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  • mazeymazey Posts: 709Registered Users
    bounce wrote:
    Not at all - I throw everything away. I have no pictures of any of my exes, no gifts from any of them, no books from college, no projects, nothing. If I haven't accessed it in a year, it's out.

    My husband is a huge packrat but I throw everything away and never even notices. If he doesn't even notice, must not be that important anyway.

    Ugh, I am in the same situation. I live simply and don't accumulate too much junk. My husband on the other hand is a packrat. He gets it from his mother. :evil: I have helped him change his packrat ways to an extent, but I know he will never take the initiative on his own.

    I am with bounce - don't use it in a year, it goes (with exception to a few items). Clothes I am particularly anal about. If I don't touch it in a year, off to the charity donation box it goes. At the end of every summer and every winter I go through my closet and drawers to see what I haven't worn and toss it.
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  • MoppyTMoppyT Posts: 998Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    ...art supplies, you will pry them from my cold, dead hands.....

    This is so totally me. I ran a small scrappy theatre company for about 5 years, and made a lot of props, costumes, puppets, etc. Everything was used and reused until it fell apart. We had no money, so we saved everything.

    I'm moving this week, and going through all my junk has been a HUGE job. I've been catching myself trying to save some sqare of black felt or something, because I can use it for puppet eyes, or whatever. This is crazy behavior. A square of felt is like 29 cents! IF I ever need one again, I can go to the damn fabric store. I know this in my head, but I still have a hard time bringing myself to toss the stuff.

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  • miacurlmiacurl Posts: 332Registered Users
    Get Karen Kingston's book "Clutter Control". Great read and will help you with any future purchases!!

    Also, flylady.net has some interesting info. for clutter clearing.

    The thought about clutter is that it can prevent other things, good things from coming into your life. I swear it works to follow the Kingston steps to clear out. :D
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  • DayzieDayzie Posts: 233Registered Users
    I used to be a pack rat. Then when we moved a year ago, and I was packing stuff I forgot I had, and would never remember, I was like what the heck! Why in the world do I have all this junk. We got rid of tons of stuff. However every few monthes I start to go through things again, and again I think the same thing, why in the world is this still cluttering my house. I thought I got rid of all junk. Yeah right! As for clothes I too had things I couldn't part with that even if I could fit into them they were way out of style. I could only part with a few pieces at a time. All at once, and it would have been too traumatizing :oops: . Anyway I finally decided I needed to come up with a plan to get rid of the way too many clothes we had. Anything that had been bought in the last year, or worn in the last 6 monthes stayed, everything else had to go. It has worked well, and I have gotten rid of at least half the stuff that was cluttering up my closet.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    I have to admit, in my previous marriage, we were very materialistic. I'm not going to psychoanalyze why, but I can guess. :lol: I live more simply now and I enjoy life more and things less. So, I have been working on buying much, much less, using what I have and getting rid of excess "stuff". I don't hang onto things forever like some packrats - I'd hate my space being invaded by clutter. It's the closets where it hides that irk me.....
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  • three rivers curlythree rivers curly Posts: 994Registered Users
    MizKerri wrote:
    Springcurl wrote:
    No. In fact, I throw things out and then months later I find I needed them. :roll:

    I guess I'm a-- throw out rat?

    Me too. I despise clutter and I go out of my way to make sure I don't have it!

    Yep! When in doubt - THROW IT OUT!! :lol:
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  • browneyedgirl27browneyedgirl27 Posts: 10Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote:
    No. In fact, I throw things out and then months later I find I needed them. :roll:

    You see, I'm a natural planner and I definitely think of these situations when I may need something and thus keep it. I prefer "prepared" to "packrat". And I'm a very sentimental person, soooo anything that brings back memories is also kept. My sister and I are both in transition as far as living, so a lot of stuff is stored for when we have "a place of our own". My mom is starting to go nuts at the amount of furniture and other various house supplies accumulating in our basement.
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  • popcornpopcorn Posts: 212Registered Users
    Hi, My name is Danielle, and I'm a recovering packrat.

    I used to be really, really, really bad. My husband is even worse. My parents also.

    And then, my sister saw the light. (Now, my sister really kicks @ss, just so ya'll know.) And she began the great decluttering of '04 by emptying out all my mom's kitchen cabinets while mom was trying to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. It went over like a lead balloon. But it slowly caught on.

    Note that my sister lives a very spartan existance, and the (politically incorrect) joke has long been that she cleans -no, cleanses- like the Serbs.

    And it's completely caught on in my family.

    We're also going to be moving, and are currently showing our house. We've thrown out soooo much trash, I was worried that they wouldn't take it all. We've also donated a ton to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and given a lot away through Freecycle.com.

    I'm not there yet, but I do love the freedom of less "stuff!"

    (And I agree with the prior poster - most of the things I kept were in the name of preparedness.)

    Danielle
  • miacurlmiacurl Posts: 332Registered Users
    popcorn wrote:
    Hi, My name is Danielle, and I'm a recovering packrat.

    I used to be really, really, really bad. My husband is even worse. My parents also.

    And then, my sister saw the light. (Now, my sister really kicks @ss, just so ya'll know.) And she began the great decluttering of '04 by emptying out all my mom's kitchen cabinets while mom was trying to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. It went over like a lead balloon. But it slowly caught on.

    Note that my sister lives a very spartan existance, and the (politically incorrect) joke has long been that she cleans -no, cleanses- like the Serbs.

    And it's completely caught on in my family.

    We're also going to be moving, and are currently showing our house. We've thrown out soooo much trash, I was worried that they wouldn't take it all. We've also donated a ton to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and given a lot away through Freecycle.com.

    I'm not there yet, but I do love the freedom of less "stuff!"

    (And I agree with the prior poster - most of the things I kept were in the name of preparedness.)



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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    popcorn wrote:
    Hi, My name is Danielle, and I'm a recovering packrat.

    I used to be really, really, really bad. My husband is even worse. My parents also.

    And then, my sister saw the light. (Now, my sister really kicks @ss, just so ya'll know.) And she began the great decluttering of '04 by emptying out all my mom's kitchen cabinets while mom was trying to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. It went over like a lead balloon. But it slowly caught on.

    Note that my sister lives a very spartan existance, and the (politically incorrect) joke has long been that she cleans -no, cleanses- like the Serbs.

    And it's completely caught on in my family.

    We're also going to be moving, and are currently showing our house. We've thrown out soooo much trash, I was worried that they wouldn't take it all. We've also donated a ton to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and given a lot away through Freecycle.com.

    I'm not there yet, but I do love the freedom of less "stuff!"

    (And I agree with the prior poster - most of the things I kept were in the name of preparedness.)

    Danielle

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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    just the opposite of PartyHair-- HELL YES! :twisted:
    ...It's not that I have trouble getting rid of things, I have trouble getting started.....*procrastinating* :oops: I lack motivation and the time. Maybe if I had motivation, I'd make time :lol:
    Me exactly! :oops: But I've been in a kick to start cleaning stuff out. I've gone thru a lot of stuff lately. Need to go thru the old clothes again. I find that it's just that you don't know where to start, so you keep putting it off.... :P :? Hubby is just as bad, but we're getting thru it! :D
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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    I was a packrat but DH was THE packrat. Then we married.

    I read Julie Morgenstern's Organized From The Inside Out about 4 years ago and now I'm free! I highly recommend you find a local www.freecycle.org group and post whatever you want to get rid off. I have yearly garage sales too because I find hubby's more motivated to part with his stuff if it brings us a bit of spending cash. He's much better now and after working in an office I organized for him about a year ago he was tired of his own mess and actually cleaned it out this weekend.

    The trick is to organize spaces how YOU use them. Now how some expert believes it looks better. Julie outlines how to organize your spaces similar to a kindergarten classroom with objects arranged and grouped near where you will use them - kind of in stations. I started in my office then moved onto the kitchen. Since that first time four years ago I've redone every room in my house including the nursery before Ian arrived. It certainly helps to have everything in its place when it's time to clean.

    You'd be surprised how many times people will buy stuff and didn't figure out a space to store it. THAT'S what creates clutter and mess. I remember when I married my husband he still had the pots, pans and cutlery his grandma and sister had given him when he first moved out nine years before. He had almost 3 of everything - it was like Noah's ark. LOL The decluttering began THEN and THERE but only stuck after I read that book.
  • RainRain Posts: 217Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm not a packrat. In my world, physical clutter leads to mental clutter. If I walk in my front door after work and everything's neat and clean, I feel good. If I walk in and there's crap strewn about, I feel like screaming/shaking people. That's not a coincidence.
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