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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 10-17-2016 10:24 AM 153 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 10:24 AM

Good morning jocks, sitting here thinking of the dilemma of ridding the shop of those things that never get moved or used. You know, you have 6 awls, but only use one continuously. I now have 20 tape measures and only use my favorite. I find I have drawers filled with excess “stuff”. Even though I give away as much as is possible, there is always those things that never seem to get used, or I am saving for that special time in the future. I realize that if I could find the time to empty the drawers and shelves I would have so much more room, yet, I keep pushing them back into place and hoping I’ll actually use them. I know I’m not the only one who does this repeatedly. Is there, there surely must be, someone who has broken out of this pattern.
When I do sell or give away something, I always try to give these things to those people who buy something. Yet, when they say, no thanks, already have 10 of those, I put it back on the shelf or in the drawer. Well, that’s my thoughts for the day, have fun, make some dust.

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 11:08 AM

I get a lot of screw drivers, mag lights, hammers, tape measures, small Craftsman socket sets, etc… those smaller ticket gift items at Christmas time. We used to travel a lot for Christmas and have large family get together and would rack up on this sort of stuff. My wife and I started just leaving everything in the hotel room with a note.

I still end up with too much in the shop and just keep a small box in the corner and fill it up. I started some time ago just taking the stuff to Goodwill. Most of it I know I won’t use as I don’t like it or usually have bought what I wanted. Upgrade equipment usually take the old stuff to work and give to whoever will take it. Got rid of last table saw that way. My shop is small so I really try and keep things in check and make decisions of do I really need, will I use, how frequently will I need it etc….

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