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Posted December 10, 2015 - 09:05 AM

Okay, so I know a lot of you are "collectors" like me, don't want to pitch anything out in case you are going to use later.

We moved in with my mom almost a year ago. Due to some setbacks over this year, we are just now getting into really cleaning and moving stuff from the old house. I was in the garage last night, how do you decide on what to keep and what to pitch? I know it's all a mental thing for me, but I just can't seem to pitch something I "may" use 10 yrs from now. I have so much junk too and the bad part is, we have no space to move to mom's house with her 40 + yrs of collecting.

I will admit, I am a hoarder :(

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 09:13 AM

Start by dumping the non-runners, like Snapper Kings or similar.  I'm sure someone would take that out of the way, just ask! :smilewink:

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 09:13 AM

ALWAYS a hard decision. You should see all my junk

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 09:23 AM

post pics of junk that you feel you should be pitching

Edited by Jazz, December 10, 2015 - 09:23 AM.

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 09:34 AM

I start with "I gotta move all of this cr@p" kind of thinking every other year. I go through everything and sell/ scrap/ pitch/ give away anything that dont feel would be worth the time and effort to move. That keeps the junk from piling up in the first place. I have only moved once in the last 20 years and dont plan to move in the next 20, but you never know.

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 09:48 AM

Start by dumping the non-runners, like Snapper Kings or similar.  I'm sure someone would take that out of the way, just ask! :smilewink:


They are already moved an in safe place so that logic won't work :poke:  :rolling:  :rolling:


My father and mother grew up during the depression. My dad's favorite saying was

" someone might be able to use that someday"

I have probably 3-4 full trailer loads of just scrap metal from him, the barn is full of wood, I haven't even started cleaning out the work bench/shelves, file cabinets part of the garage from all his stuff....so I get it honestly.

I may use that old shaft for something or bucket full of chain link fence supplies, car parts, yada yada yada

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 10:27 AM

For one, if you look at something and you have to think a bit how you might use it....then toss it.  I have shed myself of a lot of things I got tired of looking at.  Some I've given away, others (if metal) went to the scrap pile.

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 10:29 AM

I have the exact same problem.  I'd venture to say all of us on the forum have that problem!


I am of no help to you, because I'd be buying a few outbuildings to put all my stuff in!  Or stacking it all over the house...


My wife gets so mad at me.  Till random times when something breaks in the house and I go down in the basement or out to the garage and come back with the parts to fix it(which may be new or used) and I fix the problem


She looks at me and goes "How do you have all that stuff" 


I just tell her it came out of my hoard as she likes to call it.


The guys at work were making fun of me last week when we were working on rehabbing this old building to use as a shop for our new division of our company.  All the fluorescent lights weren't working.  They were the old style with the little igniter for each bulb.  I came back in the next day with a box of those little things, and my buddy looks at me and goes where the heck did you find those at?  In my basement!  Then I was hounded with a day full of just what all is in your basement and garages?!

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Hmmm, very timely topic.  I don't have the hoard most folks might but still need to keep and toss things.  Trying to decide if it stays or gets tossed is a difficult matter.

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 10:54 AM

I'm trying my best not to get to that point.  We went through it when my FIL passed.  He was a hoarder in every sense of the word.  Not one house full but several.  Three years it took us to get everything cleaned out.  No sir, if I ever get a bad report from the doctor, I'm selling out before my kids have to worry about it.  Anyway, to answer your question, I always thought this approach would work.  Let her deal with your stuff and you deal with her stuff.  In the end you should be able to lock the doors behind you and drive to your new home, no truck required.

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 11:03 AM



File for divorce.   :oh_shucks:   

The wife will get all the good stuff and anything you get will be junk anyhow so you can pitch it. 


Problem solved



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Posted December 10, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Marty, I struggle too.
I have started tossing almost all tin and keeping the thicker "project" metals.
I keep English bolts and nuts, usually toss 90% of the metric.
Anything plastic, especially broken goes.
For some reason, I can't toss old belts... Only broken or cracked ones.

Some days I'm better at it than others. My kids tease me a lot.
They don't have room to talk
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Posted December 10, 2015 - 11:59 AM

I have 3 generations of collecting at my family's farm... Anyone interested in an international R190 dump truck or 3? :)
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Posted December 10, 2015 - 03:30 PM

All tools stay.
All pieces of lumber worth more than $20, if in perfect condition stay.
Car parts and scrap metal? Good bye!
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Posted December 10, 2015 - 04:10 PM

We lost a house a few years back, I was medically retired and housing market killed us! We had that same issue but it was the best thing that ever happend to us. We had a bunch of people over and after a day let them decide, this makes it real easy, everything pretty much goes. The way I look at it is if I haven't seen it or thought about it in a couple months I won't miss it! There will always be that time that you say, I wonder where that thing went but it won't kill you. The only issue is trying to keep from clustering the new place, but feeling the freedom of being neat and tidy and knowing where everything is is its own reward. You will never regret downsizing as long as you lead a better life the next go round! Good luck and remember the only thing you can't live without is life itself!
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