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Dreamer1 
  Posted: 28-Jan-2004, 08:17 PM
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Hi all,

I got to think' about this, and decided it might be fun to see how many of us are Packrats and how many are Sweepers. Packrats save just about everything for future uses, reference, pleasure at reliving memories, possible heirloom value, etc. They prefer a slightly cluttered home, filled with favorite things. Sweepers are diligent about the annual Spring/Fall cleanups, believing that if you haven't used something in a year or two it's time to get rid of it! Clutter tends to drive them into another cleaning frenzy, favorite things need a place of their own out of the way.

So which are you?? I'm definitely a Packrat. The good side is that I do tend to go back and reread old magazines that I've saved (I only save my favorite one), I can never have enough books, even without the shelf space for them. And a lot of my old toys have been fondly used by our daughters -- and we're now saving them for grandkids to use. biggrin.gif

How about you all?

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Posted: 27-Dec-2004, 07:54 PM
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Hi Dreamer! Remember this one???

I am definitely a packrat (as my wife frequently points out! wink.gif) I love to keep books and magazine articles!


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Posted: 28-Dec-2004, 12:24 AM
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I guess I would be considered a sweeper. I hate clutter, but I love things so may be I would fall in the middle Pack-Sweeper? LOL smile.gif
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Posted: 28-Dec-2004, 04:45 AM
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Definitely a packrat, especially when it come to parts for my cars. I have just listed items on cars I have sold over 5 years ago. If I lived in a house or had a garage it wouldn't be so bad, but, I live in an apartment. I am so pathetic! HELP!!!!!


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Posted: 28-Dec-2004, 02:08 PM
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Definitely pack rat. In fact, most pack rats think I should throw some stuff out.


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Posted: 28-Dec-2004, 03:52 PM
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I have also to fall in the middle

I like to keep pictures and letters but I throw out everything else if I can.

Just right now I am working on cleaning you my filing cabinet. (I hate it)

So I know it's the end of the year again - I clean out my office!


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  Posted: 28-Dec-2004, 04:16 PM
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Mostly a pack-rat. I always keep things 'just in case'. But I hardly ever use it again.


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Posted: 31-Dec-2004, 12:46 PM
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I am definitely a pack rat. I love to keep things that I might have used only once. I tend to keep all and any books, even those I got as a gift and never plan on reading... I think I have a box, two drawers and multiple desktops contributing to all the books without shelf space.


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Posted: 31-Dec-2004, 02:23 PM
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Oh count me in with the Packrats!! Definately.
But last year I was justified forever in being one - I'd driven a minivan for years and about 3 years ago had to have an expensive repair done on the windshield wiper motor (I think it was about $350!) Then last year we received a recall notice about the same wiper motor, and the letter said if we'd already had the repair done & paid for it, if we turned in the receipt we'd get reimbursed. My husband said 'oh man, three years ago; I bet we don't still have the receipt...'

I ran down to the file cabinet, pulled out said receipt, and within about a month I had $350 in my hot little hands! laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Packrats of the world, BE STRONG!!!
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Total pack-rat...I have computers and computer parts all over my closet. I still have the first computer I ever owned sitting on the floor and it even works. I have a computer monitor sitting in the living room..I am at peace with this... tongue.gif


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Posted: 31-Dec-2004, 03:22 PM
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PACKRAT most definately. i save everything.recently went and did some cleaning out and got rid of some stuff, but i still have a box of old computer parts and wires my wife keeps telling me to go through. biggrin.gif


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Posted: 02-Jan-2005, 09:37 PM
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Packrat....I just spent yesterday cleaning out and rearranging the dressing room and walk-in closet. Hauled 2 boxes of stuff upstairs, 3 boxes in trunk to take to the thrift shop at the library. (money goes to the library) 3 bags of trash. (empty shoe boxes, worn out shoes & clothes, etc.) 1 old homemade dresser( made out of underdrawers to a waterbed) to the trash. WOW I have room. wink.gif Next: Laundry room.


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Posted: 02-Jan-2005, 09:55 PM
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QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 02-Jan-2005, 07:37 PM)
Packrat....I just spent yesterday cleaning out and rearranging the dressing room and walk-in closet. Hauled 2 boxes of stuff upstairs, 3 boxes in trunk to take to the thrift shop at the library. (money goes to the library) 3 bags of trash. (empty shoe boxes, worn out shoes & clothes, etc.) 1 old homemade dresser( made out of underdrawers to a waterbed) to the trash. WOW I have room. wink.gif Next: Laundry room.

If you are like me you are on a roll don't quit now. Wanna come and do my house next!! I think we need a thread to get us motivated to clean and give and throw away all those things we haven't used....

Watch ya think Valpal?? smile.gif
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Packrat, packrat, packrat! laugh.gif My daughter and I had been cleaning up for Christmas, and found stuff from last Christmas that never got put away! It's not unsanitary around here, just very, very, cluttered! tongue.gif


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Posted: 02-Jan-2005, 10:23 PM
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QUOTE (Rindy1202 @ 02-Jan-2005, 08:55 PM)
If you are like me you are on a roll don't quit now. Wanna come and do my house next!! I think we need a thread to get us motivated to clean and give and throw away all those things we haven't used....

Watch ya think Valpal?? smile.gif

Sounds like a good idea to me. I need all of the help I can get. Usually I get a couple of rooms done then run out of steam. By the time I get back to it, I have already collected alot more stuff. Our garage is full of boxes because I was going to have a "GARAGE SALE". Yeah right. LOL So "NEW RULES" it has to be very important to be kept. If not, off to the thrift shop. Maybe I'll make it to the garage by spring. wink.gif
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