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After our return home from Florida, we found we had had water in our basement. Hubby has spent a great deal of time the last two weeks shoveling the joint out, tossing things that were waterlogged, things that we haven’t used in 8 years, things that were here when we moved in – left behind by the people we bought the house from – or the people they bought the house from!!

He has swept, mopped, sponged and mildewcided the whole basement, and it looks fabulous! It truly hasn’t looked this clean and neat since we moved in.

We had filled one bagster, and the second one still had room left for debris and trash. So, I decided we would clean the garage, and make use of that space open in the bagster to toss junk from the garage.

A little background: we have a 2 3/4 garage. The extra large 2-car size (I assume) was to house the pool equipment. When we filled in the in-ground pool, we gained a good chunk of real estate in the garage … that Hubby quickly filled with his crap. You see even though we have a garage that is technically large enough to fit two cars PLUS excess, Hubby usually has enough extra junk that we have to finagle to get more than one vehicle in the garage, so usually only park one vehicle in there.

Eventually, Hubby’s excess causes a “cave-like” effect in the garage, and it starts to become difficult to get out of the one vehicle parked in the garage!! That is when I get angry, and Hubby finds out quickly that it is time to clean the garage!

Filling the bagster was the perfect time to get rid of the “cave-like” effect that was taking shape in the garage. Soooooo we went out this past weekend and shoveled out the garage.

Some more background: Hubby also has an 1800 sq ft garage space he owns allllllllll for his junk. He also owns a 7500 sq ft commercial space that is only half rented, and he can shove more junk in there. IMO, his crap at our house is completely unnecessary. Stuff for our house? Sure! Stuff for his rentals? Ummm no.

Since Hubby has a lot of places to store crap off premises, why must he do it in our garage, you may be asking yourself? I know I frequently ask that question. As in weekly. Sometimes daily. Not only does he keep “good stuff”, but he keeps every bob and bit that may serve a purpose at a later date. This too would be fine, except he really doesn’t have the time to work on these little pieces of junk to repurpose them, for at least two years!!!

From our garage Hubby got a lot of junk to take over to his storage garage into his vehicle. He has some stuff leftover in the garage to take over at a later date. Not that much is left, and he WILL take it next time he goes over to his storage garage.

When we were done cleaning and purging, filling the rest of a bagster, filling the recycling tote, as well as filling a vehicle with “stuff” to transport (with more for a second load!), I looked at Hubby and said, “You are a packrat. ”

To which he replied, “I’m not a packrat, I’m a friend to the environment.

I certainly don’t mind recycling – goodness knows we fill our recycling tote weekly – but there is a point where enough is enough, and it is just time to toss or donate. We aren’t going to repurpose everything!!

Do you live with a packrat that uses repurposing, upcycling and recycling as an excuse to keep every and any doodad, thingamajig and whatchamacallit they come across? Am I out of line? Or does Hubby need to start parting with his crap more regularly?

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  1. My hubby is packrat but he has all his stuff in the barn. The house is mine to junk up lol. I started cleaning out last year but have been sick too much and didn’t accomplish enough. I intend to get back to it, but keep getting sick. I think your hubby has way too much stuff if he keeps filling that garage as well as his other places. He should just admit he has a problem. I mean starting your own landfill doesn’t really count as being a friend to the environment now does it? Kudos to him on the great basement clean out though!

  2. . I mean starting your own landfill doesn’t really count as being a friend to the environment now does it?

    OMG Shell, I can’t breath!! That is too funny.

    (And I read it out loud to Hubby. 😛 )

    I hope you get over whatever keeps making you sick soon!!


  3. D & I both like to save stuff… but we’re not avid spenders… so we’re not heaping bad upon bad..
    He thinks I have more “junk” and I think he does.. Mine are books, kitchen stuff, craft stuff & clothes.. his are motorcycle, car and computer parts.. HE doesnt go thru his crap & EVER weed anything out… I do that often and donate them to charity… We’ve got the computer we “computer dated” on 18 years ago.. ugh.

    • Oh you poor dear! Hubby is finally talking about recycling his old computer parts – some of which I wouldn’t doubt are 18 years old. Good luck, Kim!


  4. We are all pack rats here to some extent. The stuff I save are things that actually get reused…eventually. The son that still lives with us collects everything and parts with almost nothing. Husband still has lots of stuff from his automotive business that closed 3 years ago. I will not throw out things left behind from my other son after he moved out to become a husband and father. And I say it’s my daughter’s duty to deal with the baby clothes she didn’t take home from my last yard sale (she can’t decide is she should consign or donate). Added to this is now my father’s possessions who passed 5 months ago and I became sole heir when my sister passed just 3 months ago. I’m still at the stage that I’m not comfortable parting with things that were so much a part of him.

    • Oh my goodness, Marie – your father and your sister passed away in the last five months? My deepest condolences.


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