Pack Rat - Imgonnaneeditsomeday

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Blog entry by cbMerlin posted 12-16-2009 02:27 PM 3967 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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David Craig

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 02:45 PM

I hear you on the “pack rat” syndrome. And, most definitely, I do know the look you are talking about. I hoarded everything, hardware, nuts and bolts, scrap pine pieces, pallet wood, you name it. I reached a point, though, where space had to start being justified. I needed room in my basement to work, house space for future projects, and so I decided that space had to be earned. Some items I trashed right away. Other items that I was saving for “one day” or “just in case” I dated with a sticker. If I couldn’t find a use for it within a year or if I would not commit to doing something with that object, that item had to be given away or gotten rid of. Of course practical items that did see occasional use and sentimental items were not on that list, but I did draw the line.

Good luck with the organization, I know how difficult that can be.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 05:07 PM

David I like the idea of putting a date on the item and having a deadline. I should do that to unfinished projects. If I don’t make time for them by …...... then bye bye.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 06:17 PM

I say add on to the garage; build a second story if you have to. Get a smaller car—a bike, maybe. Stack up some of those big plastic storage thingys. If you decide to throw stuff away, call me and let me go through it first.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 12-16-2009 07:40 PM

How many times have I thrown something away only to need it later. On the other hand, how many times have I saved something and couldn’t find it when I needed it. —-You can’t win, huh?

On a similar note—-I keep a lot of stuff in my pickup, including a bag with assorted medicines. One day my grown daughter was going through that bag, making fun of me for all “just in case” things I had in it. Shortly after that she had a headache, and wanted something for it. Yeah, you can imagine my response. I got her something eventually, after much razing about her previous comments.


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#5 posted 12-16-2009 08:41 PM

I can hold on to something for years and inevitably as soon as I get rid of it I need one and have to go buy it!

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 09:17 PM

Throw it away and its gone for good, keep it but can’t find it you at least have the pleasure of knowing (and telling those that said to pitch it) that keeping it was the right idea… lol

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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