I never thought of myself as a pack-rat. I despise clutter and like cozy but spacious living areas. How about you?
Not only did we get rid of a lot of stuff before we left, but we had a garage sale and sold lots of stuff.
When we unpacked to move into the new place, I hadn’t realized that we still brought a lot of stuff. With less storage space in our temporary rental, we left a couple dozen boxes in the garage for the last three months. It seems that we haven’t needed any of that remaining stuff. Why not just toss it, right? God knows we need to move those things out of the way to get two cars in the garage for our first time experiencing winter in 27 years.
Well, we decided to go ahead and pick through those remaining boxes. Turns out, there was some stuff there we actually use, but aside from those things, there was the stuff we don’t use. Stuff that sits around collecting dust. Stuff we brought with us 1,200 miles.
Let me ask you, dear, kind reader, do you keep the following kind of stuff we kept? Do I have to face that I’m a pack rat? Should I keep or get rid of this stuff? What do you think?
1) Vinyl Record Albums from the 1970’s & 80’s (more specifically STYX, REO, Boston, Kansas, Journey and the like)
2) Boxes of CD’s from the 90’s
These aren’t even half of them
3) Photo albums up to the year 2005 (Above shows only half of them)
4) A VCR
5) Old home videos needing to be converted
6) Old video camera that took those videos
7) Boxes of books (Many are history books and spiritual books I refer back to on occasion, plus a few fiction novels I couldn’t part with.)
8) School yearbooks.
My husband has one high school year book and three from middle school (we called it junior high), for a total of four. I have four high school yearbooks, three from junior high, plus one 4th grade class picture (below) for a total of eight. I have no children to pass these down to and can’t understand why I find them important to keep. Would you say I’m a pack rat yet?
9) Several boxes of KEEPSAKES! This one needs a lot more discussion. At some point, another blog post is coming on this subject. When it does, I will want to know who keeps the type of keepsakes I have kept, or if I’m, once again … a freak.