Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I feel like after reading "The life-changing magic of tidying up" I came to realize that I've been holding on to a lot of things with the intention of using them later, but in doing so my space has become so cluttered that I'm often reusing things less often because I can't find them/don't remember they exists, don't have time for repairs or mending, in addition to not taking care of or appreciating the items I do have because of the mindset of "oh I have a back-up".
This usually applies to things like clothes, stationary, sewing/knitting supplies, and kitchen items. The tool domain is mostly that of my husbands, I just have to remember to return items to where I found them. Although a lot of my garden tools/supplies I often find I run into the same problem. Instead of having one pair of pruning shears I take good care of, I have several in different states of disarray.
... but maybe this is a "me" problem.
I can add another dimension. The people who always think the next job is more important than cleaning up after the last one. This is one big reason that on my farm we need multiple copies of the same tool - someone never puts them away. I've created a couple of storage spots - the back well shed, a kitchen cupboard, and a bucket in the garage where some of the tools are even engraved with my name, so if one of the "someones" swipes a tool from one of those locations and are caught with it abandoned at one of their unfinished project locations, they have only themselves to blame for the consequences.
I'm in the "expert sooper dooper hoarder edition" of the "tile puzzle", the one with tiles that slide to make a picture... it's usually a 4x4,maybe 5x5, grid with one empty square. I think mine is dialed up to 25 or 30, or it might be the 3-D chess version, with one empty square on each tier...
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Vehicle tools: Just how are you supposed to know if that cool "thing" in the thrift store, dumpster or at the curb will "fit", and how do you take it apart to get it in the vehicle??? Oh, or if you break down, of course!
Dan Boone wrote:
If you knew that the $5 or the $10 object would be a trivial expense when it came time to buy another one, the problem is easy. But how do you know? Who can see the future?
Valerie naiman wrote:Guess I’m a hoarder but I’m also artistic. Broken tools, if I’m not able to repair them, go in a pile outside ready for a sculpture. I have 7 broken shovels in that pile and know I’ll get to the sculpture next summer. Making stuff from “trash” thrills me. During this Covid pandemic I’ve been grateful to have stuff I can make something out of.
Every time I go to make jam, dang it if all my 500ml canning jars are full! Yes, I *know* I've got an excess, right up until when I need them!
That said, I probably have an excess of glass jars and bottles.
Mine are doing it on the kitchen table. I thinned out the community just before the heat wave (by local standards - it almost got to 30C) by filling them with plum jam. Keeping them full seems to be the trick for population control - maybe it's just that full jars don't seem as easy to define as "clutter".
John F Dean wrote:Interesting. For some reason, this year I am able to part with many more things that I could last year. On the flip side, bottles appear to be breeding in my basement.
Kelly Craig wrote:Ha. I've thought about it, but I am destined to be limited to just bragging about making it to one side of my shop and back in under and hour, for the amazing accomplishment it is.
Kelly Craig wrote:Problem is, I get way distracted from the shiny thing of doing, rather than promoting (you should see the drawers of inventions and designs).
Ashley Cottonwood wrote:Instead of having one pair of pruning shears I take good care of, I have several in different states of disarray.
... but maybe this is a "me" problem.
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