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Old 02-05-2012, 07:34 PM   #11
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I used to tend to be more of a hoarder/saver. I thought I was being frugal or thrifty then one day I realized it was just a different kind of waste. If the things are not put to use then they really have no value. Now I have a catch and release policy. If I need or want an item I will pick it up at the flea market, Salvation Army or church charity shop. When I no longer need it back it goes. I am constantly dropping things off and picking things up. The cost is trivial and it is all for a good cause.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:49 PM   #12
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I, too, have the "pack-rat" gene...It's my Dad's side of the family, they are to blame.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:00 PM   #13
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Mom has the "Fibber McGee" closets in every room, so my hoarding was inherited too. Blaming it on the genes.....
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:02 PM   #14
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Mom has the "Fibber McGee" closets in every room, so my hoarding was inherited too. Blaming it on the genes.....
I have his pantry...Shrek shrieks every time he has to get in there.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:24 PM   #15
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I have his pantry...Shrek shrieks every time he has to get in there.
DH is prohibited from certain areas of the house. He is not allowed in any of the closets containing my clothes, or in the freezer.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #16
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I inherited the pack rat gene as well, maternal side. I am trying to adopt the catch-and-release approach. I do quite well with paperbacks--I get a lot of them at the Goodwill and they are returned to the Goodwill when I'm done. I'm on the train making my way to "pack rat central." I don't have a lot of extra luggage room, so hopefully, I won't be relocating too many things from "pack rat central" to "pack rat east."
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:47 AM   #17
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Where do you pack rats fall in the family pecking order?

I am the youngest child and I believe I became a pack rat from all of the things my brothers and sisters passed down to me. Sort of like the old army joke about turning your underwear inside out and handing it to the soldier behind you!
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:22 AM   #18
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I have one of the larger studios in this building. But it is not THAT large. I have an extra room that others don't have. So I use it for storage. A bad habit. It used to be my computer room/office.

Son #2 does all my vacuuming for me. The open heart surgery doesn't allow me to do that. Too much pain for the sternum bone. My method is if I am having a 'good' day, I mostly do commercial cleaning. Everytme a commercial comes on, I get up and clean something. Or I will clean it as I see it. The bathroom gets cleaned at least once a day. I keep paper towels on a holder in there for hand drying. Saves on laundry and more sanitary. After I dry my hands, I use the towel to wipe off the faucets and the sink dry. Shower/tub gets cleaned after I use it. I have a long scrub brush on a handle. Makes the job so much easier.

My area of clutter is my craft cabinet. I really should clean it out. But it has doors on it, so no one sees what is in there. Windows and blinds are the responsibility of the building maintenance. My biggest problem area is around my bed. I have to keep certain items handy in the event of an emergency. Medications, emergency button, phone, etc. Looks like clutter. But I know where every item is.

The kitchen is easy to keep clean. I keep those sani wipes handy. Am wiping down the counter tops all the time. And most of my meals are one pot meals. Less to wash. Son#2 brings me a lot of meals to heat up. He is a very good cook.

All of this activity depends on two things. Chest pains and getting out of breath. Out of breath brings on chest pains. Chest pains bring on another trip to the hospital. An activity I definitely don't like doing.

I could have a housekeeper coming in for free. I had one when I was wheelchair bound. She was really good. But I wanted my freedom back. So as soon as I felt I could do it myself, I let her go. this may be the year I have to get one back.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #19
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I have started a new exercise plan--at least half an hour of active housework every day. Kills two bird with one stone.

I turn the music up, and dance my way around the house, putting things away or sweeping/mopping.

House looks better, and so do I!!

And remember, always--it is just as easy to put something up as it is to put it down. Don't pile stuff on the kitchen counter, put it where it belongs, instead. Don't drape your jacket on the back of a chair, hang it up--just as easy, doesn't take any longer.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:14 PM   #20
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Where do you pack rats fall in the family pecking order?

I am the youngest child and I believe I became a pack rat from all of the things my brothers and sisters passed down to me. Sort of like the old army joke about turning your underwear inside out and handing it to the soldier behind you!
I'm the eldest child...in a long line of pack rats. I prefer to think it is not as diluted in me...hey, it's the only excuse I have!
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