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!
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.
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".
Not so much on camera stuff, but I did it on model airplane stuff.
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.
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.
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.
I wish I had the room for just one.
Originally Posted by Hexavalent
"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.