Hoarding?

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  1. mr rusty

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    How many people on here are hoarders of stuff your significant other thinks is total junk? For example, my piece of glass I use for drying fibre prints on is the front of an old TV I kept from ages ago "just in case", and I caused much hilarity recently because I had to fix the siphon in our WC cistern. The only flexible sheet I could find to make the flap valve was from the top of a pair of rubber boots I had cut off because they were too tall, and had kept the offcuts because "pieces of rubber sheet come in handy sometimes"- as they did! OH could not believe I had actually *kept* the offcuts!
     
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    I refuse to answer the question on the grounds I may incriminate myself.


    P.S. You'll also find that sheet of glass very useful if you ever start making carbon prints.
     
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    Warehousing of the possibly usable for future maintenance and repair is a sound and viable life value. Every young 'un growing up in dairy and orchard country saw the bicycle and wagon fixing wonders flow from the parents hands that made a trip to "the shed".
     
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    Not so much on camera stuff, but I did it on model airplane stuff.

    Jeff
     
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    It's all mine, mine, mine! There's NEVER though stuff. If I don't have it, I want it AND you can't have it. Kidding aside, hoarders have a poverty mentality.
     
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    I don't like to call it hoarding, preferring terms like "potential repurposing", "passive investments", and "preparedness" :whistling:

    Electronic components and gear, five Hammond organs, glass sheets, scraps of plexi, etc., etc.,

    On the occasions when I've been shamed into doing a purge of "old junk", it's usually only a matter of days when the same "junk" would have proved very useful for another purpose.
     
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    We have several small plastic tubs full of light bulbs of all kinds, various extension cords, miscellaneous household repair stuff (screws, nails, wood glue, etc), and cables for all sorts of electronics: audio, video, computer monitors, network cables, USB cables of all sorts, and even cords for land line telephones (even though we no longer have such a phone). Mostly these hoarded things have come in handy, saving me a trip to the store to buy a single expensive item when I have it on hand here. I do sometimes wonder why I still have the phone cords, however... My parents both grew up on farms and were children of the Great Depression. My father in particular is the sort of person who can and will fix nearly anything, as long as he has the tools and the parts. So he has two storage sheds full of stuff he has accumulated over the past 50 years or so, but all of it is potentially useful, and he proves it time and time again when something breaks and he doesn't have to pay to get it fixed.
     
  8. Steve Smith

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    I wish I had the room for just one.


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    "Be prepared" and for that you need to all the stuff that might somehow be useful.
    The problem is just where to store it all but an ordinary house can fit a surprisingly large amount of useful things.
     
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    I do not hoard. I collect what I need for myself and keep those things from the hoarders.
     
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    Hehehehehe ....

    "He who dies with the most toys wins!"

    Yeah, although I admit I've overdone it, and now I'm agonizing over paring down the pile a bit.
     
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    A trip to your well organized collection of useful items is cheaper and faster than any trip to Home Depot or Lowes, and faster than ordering online.

    I was not brought up in poverty; but it runs in my family to keep a collection of useful things. Stuff is purged as it is used or when the space is needed for something of greater purpose or value.
     
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    Don't pare the pile down. Stop giggling, die and, perhaps, win.

    I don't enter competitions that require winners to die.
     
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    Ah - but no one gets out alive! :laugh:

    I keep telling My Faire Spouse that if I croak she can call in MonBack Brothers and have it trucked away, no guilt -- I won't know!
     
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    Quite right!
     
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    A few months ago I decided I had too many cameras, estimating the total to be around sixty.

    After selling some and giving others away, I counted up what remained and was shocked to find seventy one!


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    I have all ways had to have 2 of everything I use when related to photography. Even if I never use the first one, I have a backup just incase something happens to the one I don't use.
    Then if I decide to sell something, I allways need it 2 weeks later since I sold both.
    Crazy ain't it.:laugh:
     
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    I'm afraid that someday I will need it and won't have it. Want to see my stash of photo Kodak printing paper?
     
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    Exactly!

    Even better, as a singleton I don't have to justify my 'collection' to anyone!

    *closes eyes and listens to blissful silence*
     
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    My "problem" is the opposite. I have a spouse that won't throw anything out if somehow you can imagine a distant future use. I prefer space.. empty space is what I would like to hoard. Even the garage which is filled with bits of wood and old bicycle parts and nearly empty paint cans waiting to be recycled, would be a dream come true for me if it was empty and I could make it what I want it to be... another place for making still life photos.
    Let me rest my eyes on an empty room.
    Dennis
     
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    1- There is no "if" about it;

    2- I won't know! Are you sure?:laugh:

    Dan
     
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    Not me, by that standard.

    All of *my* clutter is quality, important stuff (especially the eBay boxes that haven't been unpacked in 4 years).

    Now, *her* stuff, of course, phtht.

    (We both agree that we need a bigger house, or at least an available barn.)
     
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    My girl friend fully supports mu interests. Have you considered trading in for a new model? :whistling:
     
  26. E. von Hoegh

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    That would be dangerous. Stuff accumulates to fill all available space, plus.:laugh: