packrat/hoarder or tosser | pad patter 11.3.20

Discussion in 'Chatty Pad' started by keepscrappin, Nov 3, 2020.

  1. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    My dad is definitely a packrat, probably more likely a borderline hoarder. "We might need it someday," he says. He wasn't a great depression child but his parents and grandparents were so he learned to collect and use and make do. I was always embarrassed by his piles in the yard and around the house, so I've always tried to get rid of excess stuff to not fall into that trap.

    However, I recently realized while clearing out rooms for our recent remodel that we have somehow accumulated more than we need. Combine that with living here for almost 20 years and 5 people contributing to the clutter, I feel like we are overflowing with stuff. You don't realize how much is stuffed into a closet or cabinet until you take it all out!

    [​IMG]

    I guess it's a good thing this remodel is making us go through our stuff and declutter and donate what we don't need. It's a pain right now to be living in the mess of the remodel and have things stacked in the basement waiting for a place to go back to. But it's also nice to have that weight lifted and be able to put back only the things we love and really want to keep.

    What are you... packrat, hoarder or tosser?
     
    Angela Toucan and londoncuppa like this.
  2. KimJ

    KimJ Did you check in the refrigerator?

    Messages:
    12,014
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2009
    The overall state of our house definitely falls into the packrat category. DH is a collector of many things, so even if we were to get rid of all of the clutter (and there is a lot of clutter), our house would still be full. I have a long list of cabinets, closets, and general areas that need to be sorted through and purged. I don't deliberately hold onto things, but clearing stuff out falls to the bottom of my list and it all just keeps accumulating!
     
    keepscrappin and londoncuppa like this.
  3. londoncuppa

    londoncuppa I like rain, England ... and big words

    Messages:
    1,981
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2014
    I think this explains it all...LOL!
    [​IMG]
     
    Karen, Memaw2Wm and keepscrappin like this.
  4. HavaDrPepper

    HavaDrPepper Space. The final frontier

    Messages:
    1,395
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2015
    I inherited the packrat tendencies from my parents. Mostly my mom but I realized Dad did too when I found some things I never knew were in the basement.

    I live in the house they built 55 years ago. The basement is the same square footage as the house (it is a ranch style). No room upstairs... fine, just put it in the basement. When Dad sectioned it off in the late 80's there was one room that I always called the "junk room". It had shelves to store things on and over the years more and more got stuffed into that room. It eventually spilled out into the "family room" that was never used to watch TV anymore. I knew that I needed to clean out the house so that whoever is in charge of it after I pass away doesn't have to do it since I have no children nor a spouse to handle things. Can't ask cousins to do it. I needed to do the hard work and make the decisions myself.

    Add in a remodel in 2017 of the kitchen/dining room and boy did I have a lot to do. I did the living area first, donating many items, selling stuff at garage sales and if it was to be junked, adding to the junk it in the basement to be gotten rid of later. In 2018, I needed to empty the basement as I was going to have the rooms taken out and paneling taken down since I suspected there might be black mold. Before it could be torn apart, it needed to be emptied out. Took me about 9 months to get it done. Had to get a dumpster for all that was going to be thrown away. Once that was done I organized the stuff I was keeping and stored neatly. January 2019, the basement was gutted (no black mold!!!). So now I have a wide open basement with very little junk. I can actually find things now.

    I have now become tosser. If I'm not going to use it, it doesn't even come into the house. Paper gets digitized then recycled or shredded. These days most mail doesn't even make it into the house since it is mostly junk.

    I documented the process with photos and have done some of the layouts. I started documenting in 2015 and what I consider the "end" was late 2018. A lot of hard work and decisions went into it but am I ever relieved that I did it.
     
    Memaw2Wm and keepscrappin like this.
  5. Nemla

    Nemla Stretching my skill set

    Messages:
    6,434
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2013
    I still hoard papers for card making ,and envelopes....I love paints and markers,and find it difficult to toss any crafting materials, but I do do it..last time (about a year ago) I gave a really big bag of good craft stuff away,and tossed ...gasp....a large bag to... my hubby loves tools,and never parts with any. But for the rest we try to toss or give to charity what we don't use. We moved house some years back,and that was a big lesson learned,on how little of the stored stuff we keep ever see daylight again,after we close the box. So out it goes.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2020
    keepscrappin likes this.
  6. michelepixels

    michelepixels Amazing, Awesome and Wonderful!

    Messages:
    6,141
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2015
    I used to save a lot of stuff, and I still have a lot of things, especially books and clothes, from decades ago. But the books are down in the basement and the clothes are in the back of my closet, out of sight out of mind. Now I don't buy books, have a minimal wardrobe, don't collect anything, and am getting better and better all the time at digitizing my paperwork. So I guess I'm a reformed packrat, becoming a tosser.
     
    keepscrappin likes this.
  7. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

    Messages:
    6,309
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2017
    I'm becoming more and more a tosser. When we cleaned out my parents' house, we couldn't believe what we found. They had lived in the same house forever and they were definitely hoarders, although they hid it well. The funniest thing we found was my sister's cast from when she broke her arm as a very young child. Ewwwwwww.

    After that, I went home and decided that I wasn't going to leave that kind of stuff for somebody to go through after I was gone. I honestly have no problems tossing stuff now. If it's worth keeping, I take a picture of is and at least, we have a digital record of it.

    One of my mantras is "if I haven't used it, etc. for a year, I probably don't need it".
     
    keepscrappin and Memaw2Wm like this.
  8. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

    Messages:
    20,820
    Joined:
    May 6, 2011
    I am such a packrat! I start "cleaning" up and realize that I did throw away almost nothing.
     
    keepscrappin likes this.
  9. HavaDrPepper

    HavaDrPepper Space. The final frontier

    Messages:
    1,395
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2015
    A never married lady that had lived in the same house in my neighborhood as long as I can remember passed away when she was in her mid-80's. No children. I believe an only child herself. I saw a dumpster in that driveway 3 times in the couple of months after she died. I later found out that it was a cousin that cleaned out her house. I said then that I could not do that to my cousins... thus began the cleanout!
     
    keepscrappin likes this.
  10. littlekiwi

    littlekiwi I prefer bridges made of concrete

    Messages:
    4,110
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2012
    Yep, I’m the same.....I have got better by not bringing unnecessary things home but I’m deep down still a hoarder/packrat.
     
    keepscrappin, Memaw2Wm and Dalis like this.
  11. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

    Messages:
    20,820
    Joined:
    May 6, 2011
    I swear I am trying... of course the things I do get rid of I need to go re-buy a couple months later. I haven't used them for years but suddenly I need it for something. I kid you not!
     
    keepscrappin and Memaw2Wm like this.
  12. Memaw2Wm

    Memaw2Wm Active Member

    Messages:
    170
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2014
    This happens to me all. the. time.

    I'm a packrat ... my father is on the edge of being a hoarder. My sisters and I are going to fill multiple dumpsters with his crap when he passes ... he'll be 92 in December and definitely is a "depression kid" as I like to say ... save, save, save ... even when it's stuff you'll never ever need. He recently moved and was somewhat horrified by how much stuff he has, but he was still reluctantly to part with much of it ... even allowing me to take and recycle yellowed "freebie" Christmas card he'd rec'd from various organizations and leftover pre-addressed RSVP envelopes from my sister's wedding (25 years ago) was agony. Actually he only let the envelopes go when I pointed out that they were pre-addressed to his OLD address and therefore completely useless ...

    As to me, I have been ever so slowly clearing stuff out, but I have my stuff, some of my kids' stuff, and my live-in grandkids's stuff. I like to "churn" my storage bins on a regular basis ... each time I find stuff that I'm willing to part with.

    My basement leaks when it rains hard, so it has become a giant storage area with most everything in storage bins up on shelves. My paper scrap crap is out of control and I really need to donate or toss 90% of it since I'm digital now. And then there's my attic ...

    My house is small (912 sq. feet on the main floor), but between the basement (912 s.f.) and the attic I have TONS of storage space ... which isn't always a good thing.
     
    keepscrappin and Dalis like this.
  13. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Yes, decluttering is definitely at the bottom of my to-do list. :giggle
     
    KimJ likes this.
  14. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    It's so thoughtful of you to clean it out and not leave it for someone else to do. I dread the day my Dad dies and we have to clean out his mess. It's going to take multiple dumpsters and maybe even some gas masks! :giggle
     
    Memaw2Wm likes this.
  15. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

    Messages:
    20,820
    Joined:
    May 6, 2011
    I am afraid that will be me. ahhhh!
     
  16. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    I too still hoard paper scrappin supplies for cards and kids' school projects.
     
  17. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    An old cast, eww! I will admit that yesterday when I was clearing out the cabinet above the fridge so they could remove it, I found a specimen jar with my 23 yr old son's tiny blue ear tube in it. I have no idea how it got up there and since it was pushed to the back, I had no clue it was even there. :giggle
     
    Memaw2Wm likes this.
  18. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    This is so me! I throw it out and a week later a kid needs it for a school project or something.
     
    Dalis likes this.
  19. keepscrappin

    keepscrappin ScrapWithTheWind

    Messages:
    7,033
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    I agree that having lots of storage space isn't always a good thing because my family tends to fill up all available space. Even though my house doesn't feel cluttered, there is a ton of stuff that we don't need/use so it's got to go.
     
    Memaw2Wm likes this.
  20. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

    Messages:
    20,820
    Joined:
    May 6, 2011
    [​IMG]
     
    keepscrappin likes this.

Share This Page