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Old 05-13-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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Anyone else like junk as much as I do?

I was out in the shop last night and had one of those moments when I realized that holy crap- I have a lot of junk sitting around. Things like small engine parts, carburetors, electronic bits and pieces, a bazillion half-used cans of spray paint, engine cleaner, and other cans of stuff, and other utterly worthless things. But yet I can't bring myself to throw any of the stuff away. The worst part is that I rent and someday it'll probably all have to go away anyway.

Anyone else have my disease?
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My Dad suffers from it. I can't stand it.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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I suffer from this affliction as well.....
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, my grandparents and parents have passed that disease on down to me as well.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:47 AM   #5
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I was out in the shop last night and had one of those moments when I realized that holy crap- I have a lot of junk sitting around. Things like small engine parts, carburetors, electronic bits and pieces, a bazillion half-used cans of spray paint, engine cleaner, and other cans of stuff, and other utterly worthless things. But yet I can't bring myself to throw any of the stuff away. The worst part is that I rent and someday it'll probably all have to go away anyway.

Anyone else have my disease?
Oh yes, not only that but a pack rat. I save stuff just because I feel I may need it some day.

I can barely walk through my garage.

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Old 05-13-2009, 10:53 AM   #6
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I used to be that way - until I moved a few years ago and had to deal with a decade's worth of accumulated junk in my garage and attic - I got rid of two trailer loads of stuff. I have since gone to the opposite extreme - I am clutterphobic. I used to save things I didn't need - now I occasionally throw away things I wish I hadn't all in the quest to keep a tidy garage and shop...
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Unfortunately, I have the same disease. The worse thing is, I finally did some cleaning uplast year, and one item I threw out is a passenger assist handle from a car I had traded in 15 years ago. It sat in my pile of junk for 15 years, and I finally threw it out. Then, a couple of months ago, I found a use for it, but forgot I threw it out. I spent two hours looking for it before I remembered throwing it out. When that happens, it just perpetuates the disease.
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:11 AM   #9
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Oh yes, not only that but a pack rat. I save stuff just because I feel I may need it some day.
The thing is that this often becomes true. I NEVER throw away nuts, bolts, screws, or other useful pieces.

Here's the thing though. I used to be Mr. Neat-o-holic. I still am to a degree, but then I married my Wife, who is a class-A packrat. She saves EVERYTHING. There's little piles of stuff everywhere. I have learned to leave these piles alone and keep my areas neat. But the garage on the other hand has all my junk. I suppose one good thing is that the garage is really a shed and as such, there's only so much that will fit in there, thus limiting my collecting ability.
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:58 PM   #10
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I have pathways going through my basement... its bad.. really bad. Parts from cars I dont have anymore. Enough parts for 3 jet ski engines. A LOT of old tools passed down to me. Some random sporting equipment. And a whole lot of misc stuff
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:03 PM   #11
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I have this problem, but I'm getting better.

I think I just hit a critical limit and now the garage is getting emptier and emptier. I have a few weeks before we start assessing what to do with the garage, so I need to get it in decent shape.
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im not horrible, but I do have some useless stuff laying around...slowly but surely im throwing it out..im tired of shifting it from side to side and out of my way
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:09 PM   #13
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im not horrible, but I do have some useless stuff laying around...slowly but surely im throwing it out..im tired of shifting it from side to side and out of my way
I normally just let my junk hang out right down the middle
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:31 PM   #14
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I don't have any "worthless" junk. One day I WILL sharpen all those broken drill bits and I'm absolutely positive that I'll use those 2" scraps of 2X4's for something. I also may NEED the leftover steel scraps for something important. My wife on the other hand has all sorts of crap laying around, I don't have a problem throwing that stuff out..........at least until she gets home.
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My dad is a pack rat and a neat freak. He doesn't throw anything away unless its completely necessary or either my mom or I will tell him to throw it away...... PLEASE!
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