Hoarder pride?

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-11-2010 03:17 PM 1769 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before the flamers begin I will make this blanket statement

I too have a room (and an attic space) in my shop that is a junky catchall for everything.

Many of us here have nice shops. Some have lots of room, Others creatively manage less. Some have lots of tools, some not. We all do the best we can.

So, I was wondering. I’ve noticed that some people, in thier posting of pictures of their shops will include one picture of the ‘disaster room’. That room, like mine that is a catchall for everything. Sometimes you see three pictures of a state of the art, clean shop. Then the last picture looks like the place is piled up to the ceiling with all manner of junk. Not wood/tool storage mind you, but bicycles loaded atop lawn mowers underneath a 47 chevy rear axle often with tons of paint cans and boxes. That type of storage. I have this too but don’t post it and I really don’t care if anyone does. It just doesn’t matter. Some people even show pictures of their shop but you can’t see it for all the other stuff. “My table saw is in there,... really”. But my question if you do put up a disaster room picture:

What is your motivation to include the ‘disaster room’?

I’ve been wondering for a awhile.

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 05:31 PM

Some people like to show off their junk.

Some people like to show that they’re not always so neat.

Some people think it’ll make others laugh to see it.

Some people have too much time on their hands.

I blame digital cameras. With the old film to develop we didn’t take so many photos!

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 05:46 PM

If I had room for the “disaster” room, I would include a shot of it only to show that though my shop is organized, well, normally it is fairly organized, but its a mess at the moment, I am not perfect. Right now I have 2 different projects going as well as the wife on the last steps of refinishing a dresser. There isn’t a lot of free space at the moment. I haven’t had a lot of time out there lately with Christmas church stuff going on, so i am really looking forward to the break between the holidays to get out there and finish off a few things as well as start a few more. Merry Christmas everyone, and have a great new year including lots of sawdust and kindling making.

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 08:29 PM

I am the opposite of a “hoarder”.
If I haven’t used it for a year, it get’s thrown out or given away. My neighbor, is the opposite of me. He hasn’t been able to put his cars in the two car garage for over 20 years.
His finished basement is the same way.

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 01:10 PM

Interesting question. Why post a pic like that? I never would. But I am a hoarder and my kids aren’t. I have concluded it is how you are raised and what you have as a kid. My kids got more for a birthday than I ever got for Christmas when I was growing up. We never got anything on a birthday, just had cake at dinner ;-)) Never had any money to spend either. If the kids need sometihng, they just go buy one. When I need something, I look in the garage ;-) Once I decided to throw a bunch of stuff out that hadn’t been used for a while. Sure enough I had to go buy something I had just thrown out! Nuf of that!! :-)) I even save the waste from cuttiing dovetails. How is that for keeping scrap ;-)) ;-)) :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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