I must admit that I am a terrible pack-rat.
Not only do I hoard food, but I save all kinds of things, thinking they will be useful later. We have a nice big basement, which can be a good or a bad thing, as stuff gets carried down there and dropped off in the most convenient spot.
Sometimes, I have even been known to clean out the junk drawer by dumping it in a cardboard box, and sending it downstairs to be sorted out later.
Neither my husband or I are able to do much lifting or going up and down the steps, so it hadn't been cleaned up in several years, and had become a real fire hazard. My cleaning lady has been sweet enough to find an extra day now and then to come in and help me with it.
Here are some of the things we have run across so far:
*a big brown paper bag full of wine corks
*several big brown paper bags full of newspapers (for packing)
*several big brown paper bags full of brown paper bags
*about 20 boxes of jello I bought to make jello shots...6-7 years ago
*a whole bunch of foil packets filled with assorted frontier herbs and spices that are probably 8 years old
*those little styrofoam boxes like you get mushrooms in...many
*empty plastic containers of various sizes and shapes...many
*empty spice containers
*ALL KINDS of jars...I love jars
*lots of plastic stuff
*several pieces of exotic cooking items that I've bought and never used
*all sorts and sizes of empty boxes
*many Christmas gift bags full of used tissue paper
*a big garbage bag full of neon colored plastic Margarita glasses
*another big garbage bag full of complementary foam beer coolers that the local liquor store donated to one of our Margaritaville parties
*deer shed (old antlers)
*huge empty turtle shell
*bags and boxes of Christmas lights. HB hates to mess with them, and buys new ones every year.
I could go on, but you get my point.
Do any of you all have this problem? Do you constantly think how you might recycle things instead of throwing them away?
Have you ever needed a back-hoe to clean out your basement?