I’ve got it bad! I save everything. I’ve needed it, occassionally. My garage/shop’s shrinking. Park the car in the garage? Yea right. Help!
Ordered a new garage door, can’t “fix” mine anymore. Starting to look like a patchwork quilt.
Guy comes out to measure for new door: “you’re gonna have to move some of that stuff so I can install the new door”. I’m thinking, what, you don’t have right angle drills, wrenches, screw drivers, etc., to work around my “stuff”? Wife has that “look” on her face, don’t act like you don’t know the look I’m talking about…......
I’ve had just enough things happen over the years to warrant my packratedness. Replaced my hot water heater awhile back. Son-in-law helps me carry it to the basement. After we get the old one out to the garage, he watches me as I take all the fittings off, pressure relief valve, etc. Asks me if I’m going to use the old parts to install the new one, no I bought new fittings. So why are you taking the old stuff off? You never know…... He starts laughing.
He calls me a number of months later (Sunday night about 9pm): “My hot water heat is leaking all over the place!” After a few questions, I figure it’s his relief valve. I grab a few tools, a couple fittings and of course the relief valve and head to his house. About a hour later I got him all fixed up, he doesn’t laugh at me anymore, but now he’s worse than I am. He saves everything! Bent nails, 6” piece of wire, used molleys, everything!
But, here’s the question for you! How do you decide what to keep? Rule of thumb? How do you part with it? You know you’ll need it later! That’s gonna save you some cash…....someday! In this day and age, do I need theropy? Is there a pill I can take? Perhaps I need to add-on to my garage.
-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!