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Old 02-10-2018, 08:24 PM
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I'll be the first to raise my hand!
Years of collecting crap has about put me over the edge. Boat stuff, hunting stuff, fishing stuff, golf stuff, tools, gardening and yard crap, stuff for the deck, docks, pool.....all of this and I haven't even stepped foot into the house. Guns, knives, flashlights, watches, pens....you name it and I've probably collected it over the years. Oh, don't forget the bourbon and wine (although those typically don't last long - I do have plenty that I have touched "because it's too good for everyday drinking!"

We've thought about downsizing our main home - but I can't imagine getting rid of all my $hit!

Anyone else have this affliction? What's the cure?
Old 02-10-2018, 08:54 PM
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I'm right the opposite I throw everything away or to Goodwill if it's not touched in a year. Just today 6 bags to the Goodwill 4 the dump. More to go tomorrow
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So is most of the "stuff" yours or your wifes?
Old 02-10-2018, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by hottoddie View Post
So is most of the "stuff" yours or your wifes?
I didn't mention shoes and jewelry - but she has plenty of that too! I'm not one to cast stones at glass houses!
Old 02-10-2018, 09:06 PM
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I'm right the opposite I throw everything away or to Goodwill if it's not touched in a year. Just today 6 bags to the Goodwill 4 the dump. More to go tomorrow
I do that with clothes. Those are easy. It's the "tools" and "oh I'll need this at some point in the future" things I have a tough time parting with...
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I am not a packrat. Life moves on, your possessions should change as well. We have been downsizing. It is challenging and rewarding when you see what you can do without. Less crap makes life more care free.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
Dunno, you tell me

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I was renting a two car garage and over the years it just filled up with stuff i might need someday and misc junk. I made several attempts to clear it out, making piles to throw out and keep. I finally called 1 800 Junk, the truck came, they tossed everything into it, filled it up, swept the floor and left. Best $600 I ever spent. I was renting it for $200 a month so it paid for itself in 3 mos. It's been over a year and I haven't missed anything.
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I have 2 sheds and a computer shop in the house that is almost as bad.
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Facing this same issue. Being in sync with the Admiral seems important. That and a trusted estate sale agent.
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Nearing retirement and waiting to spend more time at home, I've started going through stuff and pitching it. Any old clothes goes to he Vietnam Vets. Even gave them a bunch of books and an old TV the last time.

After I retire this year I'm going to start going through tis whole house and, as Mom used to say, if you have to look twice at it throw it out.

First order of business will be emptying out the garage and reorganize.
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My wife and I have it. She's a 7 and I'm a 3 (on 10 scale). And we are really trying to heal ourselves.

Funny story... after Irma I was forced to do a major clean up and throw away a bunch of stuff at the beach house. Had my brothers down to help and one who is a contractor asked about a 5' heavy steel pry bar leaning in the corner. Hadn't been touched in years, and I had stubbed my tow on it a few times...

So... I say "please, go ahead and take it."

Two days later I'm demo'ing my bathroom and trying to remove a one piece shower.

Go ahead and guess what tool would have been absolutely perfect for that job!
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Originally Posted by KismetLRC View Post
I'll be the first to raise my hand!............
This is me. I tend to keep stuff that I think I might need. Our garage is my area. I do try to keep my "junk" organized, though, cause I like to tinker and I need to be able to find stuff.



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I'm right the opposite I throw everything away or to Goodwill if it's not touched in a year. Just today 6 bags to the Goodwill 4 the dump. More to go tomorrow
This is my wife. I honestly believe that she's happiest when she's throwing stuff away. She goes through our attic twice a year and can always find stuff to throw away. Simply amazing to me as we don't ever put anything new up there. The attic should be empty. She keeps threatening to get out in the garage, but that's where I draw the line.
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
Dunno, you tell me

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My OCD nature wouldn't allow this even though I have that much stuff.
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I have to raise my hand also, if I think I may use it in the future I stick it back, working on a move soon and starting to shake my head.
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Originally Posted by nicecast View Post
My wife and I have it. She's a 7 and I'm a 3 (on 10 scale). And we are really trying to heal ourselves.

Funny story... after Irma I was forced to do a major clean up and throw away a bunch of stuff at the beach house. Had my brothers down to help and one who is a contractor asked about a 5' heavy steel pry bar leaning in the corner. Hadn't been touched in years, and I had stubbed my tow on it a few times...

So... I say "please, go ahead and take it."

Two days later I'm demo'ing my bathroom and trying to remove a one piece shower.

Go ahead and guess what tool would have been absolutely perfect for that job!
Answer to o.p's question..YES!! Seems like I may have something sitting around for Years and years...Get rid of it and I need it! Kinda Funny...But If anyone needs anything I probably have it.They ask Me and I tell them Lowes and Home Depot don't have anything on Me!...9 times out of 10 I can pull out a Plumbing part,Electrical,Tools of any sort,Air Compressors,Paint Guns, and the list goes on..
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
Dunno, you tell me

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Thank God!!!!! I have been feeling guilty for years! I was certain I had a problem!
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I do the 365, if I haven't used something in a year I get rd of it.
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After 20 years in the same house I think I'm a qualified charter member of the group! I love to do projects (start to finish) and buy the tools for such projects.....but then I don't want to do the same thing over and over. Actually started something this weekend I've never done. My kids truck needs all 4 ball joints replaced. Bought the parts, rented the tool, and watched a youtube video. Finished 3 yesterday and will be fighting the last stuck one later this AM.

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