1. Is your natural tendency to pitch things (or sell or give away) or do you keep things “just in case”?
I’ve been burned soooo many times from purging. I get so sick of looking at things I’ve kept “just in case” so I do a sweep through and blamo! Need it! LOL . … It never fails. So yes I tend to keep certain things just in case. I held on to a bag of wires and connections for nearly a decade and figured since most of those connections types no longer exist I was safe in throwing them out … so far so good. I also kept boxes that were moved from place to place unopened. After a couple arguments of “why do you have this” I forced myself to go through them. They were boxed up after my marriage collapsed and I nearly did as well. So it wasn’t something I looked forward too. But after nearly 10 years. I went through them. I could have kicked myself for not doing it sooner. It was all crap for the most part. It was very freeing to purge it from my life
(well that was longer than I expected lol)
2. Would you describe your dwelling place as “neat and tidy,” “I really need to clean this place” or somewhere between?
LOL … Umm no. I always say “clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be happy” The place always looks a bit disheveled do to my craft mania. I usually have paper, material and other craft stuff on nearly every surface But, it’s organized in it’s own special way I will never be a household where you feel like you can’t touch anything because it’s so pristine. Too many kids in my life
3. Tell us about something you’ve kept that’s full of sentimental value.
I have a box of items that were my Mom and Dads. They will always be with me. Old family photos, my Dads camera and shave set. My Moms favorite cooking spoon. I use it almost daily
4. Do you have anything that your friends / family / loved one / spouse doesn’t understand why you keep it?
Not really. But, I do get ‘‘the look’’ when I save grocery containers for leftovers. They are a lot cheaper then Glad or Rubbermaid.
5. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
I don’t collect anymore. I have no space. I used to collect anything miniature, especially shoes. But, that’s all safely packed in a tote … no room to display it right now. I used to collect fans. I have some beauties from around the world that folks would get me on trips. I also used to collect carnival glass. But again … no room to display so it too is safely packed away.
While I’ll never be someone who has cat turds in the corner and rows of old newspapers stacked up, with a thin aisle to walk down … I will always struggle with throwing away Chinese take-a-way dish lol. My battle to recycle vs “it’s just trash, it’s ok to toss it”, is always a struggle for me