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View Poll Results: Are you a "stuff" person?
Absolutely not. If it's not essential to survival, it's gone. 1 2.17%
I keep a very few knicknacks and momentos, but nothing else. 9 19.57%
Not for the most part, but I do have a certain type of item I collect 12 26.09%
.Moderate. I'm not a minimalist, but I'm not overcrowded. 10 21.74%
Packrat. You never know when you'll need something! 12 26.09%
Chicken and dumplings. 2 4.35%
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:17 PM
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I give a lto of stuff away too. When I got Briggs his new carseat I went over to my aunts and said HERE IS A SPARE FOR WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS OVER! and then gave her a carrier for when she babysits children as well as a bunch of other stuff I've just handed off without thought.

I'm not attached to material objects really. Except my locket.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:33 PM
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I have a book problem as well. I have gotten much much better about getting rid of books that I've read and am not likely to reread (with the exception of dog books), but I tend to buy so many books and then never get around to reading them that my house is completely overrun. This is compounded by my bargain-hunting book-buying skills. I love getting books for cheap. Looks interesting? Costs a quarter? Sure, I'll buy it! Library book sales and the local animal-shelter-run thrift shop are my biggest downfalls.

Also, dog stuff. Collars, coats, toys, dishes, beds, harnesses, leashes, crates, misc. dog gear. Yeah, we've got that.

Otherwise, meh. Not that into stuff.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:04 PM
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I keep everything, I very rarely throw stuff away, and really, it doesn't make much sense, because I'll see it again in a year and think, I've not used that yet

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:35 PM
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I am such a packrat.

When I clean my room, I come across things I haven't used in years, or don't even remember that I have... but I can't throw it away because it was cool in elementary school!! Yeah, everything I own, in my mind is a memory and if I throw it away, I'm throwing away the memory.

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:37 PM
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I have a few choice items out but no, I'm definitely not a pack things pretty tidy and uncrowded.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:03 PM
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I used to care a lot till we flooded in 2006. I remember going through my stuff and deciding what to save. I put my guitar and stereo in the top of my cupboard, packed some clothes, my straightner and the computer into the car with the animals and left.

I remember standing there thinking I would loose most stuff and not really caring. Made it extra annoying when we got home a few days later - the waters had only been about a foot and a half through the house so I lost a lot of stuff I could have saved by just chucking it up on my bed. But oh well.

I've moved with Mum enough times that I don't want to own a heap of stuff I have to relocate every time I move.

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:04 PM
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I hate "stuff"! When I'm stressed, I organize closets and take giant trips to goodwill or post oodles of things on freecycle. My husband has gotten frustrated a couple times when he goes to look for something and I admit that I gave it away months ago.

I love the look and feel of a really neat, tidy house with no extras.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by CaliTerp07 View Post
I hate "stuff"! When I'm stressed, I organize closets and take giant trips to goodwill or post oodles of things on freecycle.

I love the look and feel of a really neat, tidy house with no extras.

I hate clutter and extra stuff.

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:45 PM
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I bounce back and forth--lol. I have alot of "stuff"--but then clear it all out when it is no longer needed/useful. What I do tend to keep is art/craft stuff. I have a closet full of fabric, leftover yarn, paper, paints, etc. That stuff--I will use, but my time for it is limited, so it sits for a long time.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:29 PM
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I keep things I honestly believe will be used again. I have about 3 rubbermaids of useful odds and ends for re-purposing, and I really dislike waste. And I have a couple mementos around. Otherwise I keep it pretty streamlined, maybe just because we've moved so much. It'll be interesting to see whether I turn into a packrat if we stay in one place for a long

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