Are You - or Do You Live With - A Packrat?
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03-09-2016, 03:57 PM (This post was last modified: 03-09-2016 04:02 PM by onlinebiker.)
Are You - or Do You Live With - A Packrat?
I'm fascinated by packrats. I wouldn't want to live with an obsessive one though.

My definition of a packrat -- is a guy who builds a house, garage, or both - then fills them to the point where he has to follow paths through all the stuff piled to the ceiling -- to get from one end of the building to the other....

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Now I have a lot of stuff. I've got way more cars than are really necessary - and car parts coming out the wazoo -- but -- it's pretty well organized so I can find stuff.

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But --- we went to an estate sale today --- holy shit.....

This guy had a really nice house - and at some point - he went full automatic rodent on the world......

I shit you not --- he had an in-ground hot tub in the foyer off the garage ---- and it was filled with car parts, tools, building materials and other odds and ends.... I don't think it'd had water in it for 20 years... This place was full of JUNK -- I mean JUNK --- stuff that any sane person would toss in the dumpster.

What drives these whackadoodles??? What makes a guy one day decide -- "I'm sick of the decor -- let's redo the place in Early American Dumpster Diver."???????

At least the prices were right.... I got a large box of nice high speed drill bits and reamers for 5 bucks, and a brand new hitch for a 2 inch ball for 2 bucks.....

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Edit to add --

I was poking around in the garage -- and it occured to me that the guy might have had a stash somewhere.... So I put my devious mind to work -- and started looking for a hidey hole....

I found it...

In the corner behind the door leading into the house -- down low -- was a cupboard where the door was somewhat hidden....

I found the old geezer's porno stash.....

Nothing good.....

I considered piping up -- "How much for the porno?" - to the lady running the show -- but I don't think my S.O. would have appreciated the humor of it.....

Big Grin

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03-09-2016, 04:05 PM
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I have a lot of sewing stuff that goes back for years - no decades. I have part of a closet dedicated to my sewing things and a steamer trunk that's full. I still have sewing tools from my high school days...you can't get some of the things any more and some things that you can still get aren't as good in quality.

There was a time when I had a ton of books...I still have quite a few but have either sold or donated much more than I kept. Other than that...no pack-ratting for me.

When we redid the house I cut way down on pictures and knickknacks. I am liking the less cluttered look.

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03-09-2016, 04:07 PM
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I used to be, when my flat was full of drums. But it is not a habit. I eventually hired a storage area.

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03-09-2016, 04:35 PM
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I'm a packrat, but I'm organized. I only keep stuff that can have a real purpose in another life.
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03-09-2016, 04:49 PM
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Do plants count? My garden is stuffed full of plants. I call it an English Cottage garden, but it's almost a jungle. I will be calmly shopping someplace and a plant will call out to me. I go to look and it needs a home badly. So I take it and several of it's peers and voila - more plants in the garden. I have now run out of space, everything is maturing. Will I start another jungle, erm, garden?

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03-09-2016, 05:01 PM
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My present lady is the opposite. She scrubs the floor of the entire apartment twice a day. I take off a shirt I have had on for an hour and she throws it into the dirty clothes. I'll set down a tool while working on a job and she puts it away so I cannot find it when I reach for it 4 minutes later etc..........
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03-09-2016, 05:32 PM
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I have some issues Smile
I have made some decisions about this in the last few days, and have cancelled plans to build my large dream shop. I realized that if I can't keep what I have neat and organized, building a huge two level shop is not the answer!
Besides the property tax burden, the additional spaces to organize and manage will be a huge time sink.
Now I can dispose of the 166(!) 20' 4x6 timbers, the stack of 90 18' engineered tgi trusses , the steel channels,etc.
In its place I will build a Gothic arch RV garage with a tarp covering to shelter the trailer. It will be tax exempt.
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03-09-2016, 06:19 PM
RE: Are You - or Do You Live With - A Packrat?
YES I DO!!!!! live with a packrat. Angry

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​

It's the only thing I don't like about my husband. But guess what, I throw things out when he's not looking. Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! AngryCensored Evil_monster

So there!

Edit: Oh, don't get me started!

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Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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03-09-2016, 10:59 PM
RE: Are You - or Do You Live With - A Packrat?
(03-09-2016 04:05 PM)Anjele Wrote:  I have a lot of sewing stuff that goes back for years - no decades. I have part of a closet dedicated to my sewing things and a steamer trunk that's full. I still have sewing tools from my high school days...you can't get some of the things any more and some things that you can still get aren't as good in quality.

There was a time when I had a ton of books...I still have quite a few but have either sold or donated much more than I kept. Other than that...no pack-ratting for me.

When we redid the house I cut way down on pictures and knickknacks. I am liking the less cluttered look.

My wife quilts. We have cloth (material?) everywhere. Some of that material costs about $320 a cubic foot, and there are cabinets full of it. She has multiple sewing machines/sergers/some other stuff. Of course, I have tools, which she calls "toys". But those "toys" were used to make me (and our family) a living. Every one of those "toys" are used for repair and maintenance of our vehicles, or to repair or maintain our home. I was so careful not to be accused of wasting money that I didn't even buy an air compressor for many years, even though I had pneumatic tools from when I worked as a mechanic. We just bought her a new Baby Lock "Destiny" sewing machine. You seamstresses know what I'm talking about. That machine cost almost as much as every tool I have, even adjusted for inflation!
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04-09-2016, 03:15 AM
RE: Are You - or Do You Live With - A Packrat?
I have enough books and tools for three people I think. Though I am slowly divesting myself of both as I find good homes for them!

The worst cases of this I ever met were:

The guy next door when I moved into my first ever rented room whilst still in the RAF. The neighbour had can obsession that compelled him never to dispose of the old glass milk bottles or his newspapers. And he never washed out the bottles . . . The landlord finally persuaded the authorities to take him away because he was a health and fire risk to the rest of us.

The "man on the bike" when I ran a book depot for an Oxfam charity shop. He came from a fairly rich family and was well educated, but had a book obsession. Never saw it but his house was said to be stuffed with books until he had only a small corridor from the front door to the kitchen and downstairs toilet. He slept in that corridor. He even rented two garages to fill with books.

Where did he get these books? From the Oxfam shop. We dumped hundreds of books every month; too tatty to sell, pornographic, been in the shop for a month etc. This guy tried to "rescue" as many as he could carry in plastic bags hung from the handlebars of his bike! Ten, twenty trips a day. In the end we found even more stashed in every possible space in the service yard behind the shops. Complaints from other shop managers.

Subject or condition did not matter, books just had to be saved. We ended up soaking or staining the nooks in the dumster to reduce the problem. I left without knowing the final outcome.

Quite sad, really. I don't want my non-fiction books going to a charity shop because I know what happens to them, 90+% end up as landfill. Not even recycled because removing the spines and hard covers costs more than they are worth.

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