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    I'm a definite hoarder. I subscribe to the principle "keep a thing 7 years and you'll find a use for it".

    I rarely throw out any item that I have bought. I do throw out boxer shorts once the elastic goes in them, but that's about it.

    I have old 20 gig hard drives and a 2 mega pixel camera on my shelves. "There could be something valuable backed up on those hard drives" and "that 2 mega pixel camera might be better than nothing some day".

    I have energy saving light bulbs of the old type in a box on a shelf because I have upgraded to LEDs bulbs. Well you know the LEDs are only rated for 15000 hours use so when they blow the old energy savers might come in handy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    I'm a definite hoarder. I subscribe to the principle "keep a thing 7 years and you'll find a use for it".
    That's funny, I usually say the same thing but the other way around: "if you haven't used it for years (certain things for months) then you most likely never will, throw it out!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs vonTrep View Post
    That's funny, I usually say the same thing but the other way around: "if you haven't used it for years (certain things for months) then you most likely never will, throw it out!".
    I've a friend like that. He simply loves throwing things out. But more than once I've seen him regret it when he didn't have something on hand because he'd thrown it out earlier. That never happens to me.

    This weekend I'll be dropping him over an old set of weights I don't use anymore because I've upgraded to better ones. I bought those weights about 15 years ago!
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    No, I'm the opposite of a hoarder. I feel uncomfortable if there's clutter around and feel cathartic when I get rid of things.

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    I'm also in the minimalist camp. A room feels larger and is easier to clean when it's free of clutter.

    It's good to have all access to needed items, but they should also be stored and organized properly. An item isn't of much use if it's decayed or you couldn't find it to begin with.

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    Guess I hoard books, I have a kindle, but I don't like to use it...

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    Quite the opposite, I finished my 100 things project in December. 'Things you own end up owning you' is a line from Fight Club and I for one believe there's a lot of truth in this.

    PS James Wallmann's Stuffocation makes for an interesting read. Wallmann is a social forcaster and he argues that Western societies are in the process of transitioning from materialism to what he calls 'experientialism'. I'll see if I can create a separate thread on this if I can make the time.

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    I don't buy enough to hoard anyway, most of my stuff is usually necessary and practical. I'm not minimalist but I'm not into having too much stuff either.
    However my partner is the exact opposite, they have loads of stuff, lots that they don't need any more and are always impulsively buying things we don't need. It goes as far as they see as nice rock and make a clock out of it or see some tired old pot and buy it and a houseplant to go in it.

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