Friday, April 16, 2010
Hoarder or chucker?
We have two cupboards next to our front door. These cupboards have in the seven years we have been in this house, become a repository for all things we don't know what else to do with. Suffice to say, they have been a bit of a mess.
For ages now, I've been meaning to clean these cupboards out. So I pulled out the contents: "dead" VCRs and an unrepairable DVD player, empty post boxes kept "just in case", a box of pamphlets from Action Man's work, baskets, a box of electrical cords of indeterminate origin, empty picture frames.
My instinct is to chuck (or donate) most of this stuff. But Action Man, who is a bit of a hoarder, will probably want to keep a lot of it.
If you had a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 was "hoarder" and 10 was "chucker", I reckon I'd be about a 7. My instinct is to get rid of things that don't have an identifiable purpose, but only after they've been hanging around for quite a while. Meanwhile, Action Man is probably about a 3, more hoarder than chucker, because you never know when you might need that gadget, widget etc.
This disparity caused a bit of debate when AM's parents were downsizing to a retirement village unit, and AM wanted to rescue all sorts of bits and pieces, while I was moaning "no more, no more!"
Meanwhile, my kids live in fear of the days when I enter their rooms with a collection of bags to sort through their stuff and "chuck" the clutter. Now they are getting older, they have more say in what they want to keep and I have a feeling they are both hoarders too.
So I am a chucker living with hoarders, trying to keep the clutter to a minimum. It's a losing battle sometimes!
So are you a chucker or a hoarder?
Thanks to all who left comments about my suspected wheat intolerance. This morning I had a piece of toast as an experiment to see how my stomach would react. Fifteen minutes later, no ill effects. Mmm interesting!