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Dear Poll: Are You a Pack Rat?

I decided to do a little Summer cleaning this weekend and I realized something about myself — I'm a pack rat! I have no idea why I was holding onto this stuff, but I finally gave away clothes I've had since high school, old receipts, even a few mix tapes! I guess I've always been too afraid to give anything away in case I'll want it months from now. Are you the same way? Do you tend to hold onto unnecessary clutter?

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ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
I used to be ...
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 7 years
I'm a pack rat in general but its all neat and organized..and randomly I'll go out and chuck all the REALLY unnecessary stuff out.
cholalola16 cholalola16 7 years
I'm a total pack rat, but I purge like crazy, so it doesn't seem like I have a lot of stuff. Basically, I keep what I love, and donate what I hate.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 7 years
Because clutter and mess keep me insane and get me stressed, I always purge every week. It tends to make my life more manageable, less stressed and I feel lighter and my surroundings a lot cleaner and neater. Liss--I also love watching Clean House.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I am getting better at throwing stuff away. We just bought our first house and we don't want it to be a mess. I have been going through things and throwing them away. I find things that i don't understand why i kept, like a receipt from a tow truck company when we had to have a car towed like 4 years ago. Why did i keep that? We are really trying to get rid of a lot of stuff, so i am planning on having a yard sale at least i can make some money off of my stuff instead of throwing it away. I have also started watching the show Clean House and that has made me think more about keeping less. I really don't want my house to end up looking like a house on that show :)
laluna laluna 7 years
I go through my stuff a couple times a year. I have a hard time throwing anything away. I put things i havent used in a while but am not sure of in a box, tape it up, chuck the date on it and put it under my bed. If it's not been opened 3 months later i throw the whole box out...
LoveSarah LoveSarah 7 years
Ha skigurl I did the same thing with stickers, I never used them because I didn't want them to go to waste! I've been better, but every month I really should go through all my stuff. I still have way too much.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 7 years
By notes from middle school, I meant notes my friends wrote me. :D
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 7 years
I usually keep all my old notes, tests, and books from previous classes. HAHA. Even if I know I'll never need them. I guess for "just in case." I also have most of my old notes from middle school, and pictures friends gave me. I also keep movie stubs or tickets from dates with my boyfriend, and all the manuals to my appliances. I also keep important documents, even ones from high school, that I don't need anymore. I have my immunization card somewhere, as well as my high school ID cards.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I throw out anything out that I don't need! It feels amazing! :D
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 7 years
I used to keep everything, but then I opened my eyes and looked around my mother's house...and I did not want to become like her. There was so much stuff that she couldn't keep it all straight, and there was dust all over the place because it took so much time to maintain everything. So now I feel good when I get rid of things, and I do it often.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 7 years
omg my mom iS!! Im helping her move...she is a single person and it took 4 Uhaul trucks to move her stuff. And Im talking big U-hauls... its crazy! It's going to take a year to unpack all that stuff!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 7 years
I hate clutter and extra crap. I get rid of it any chance i get.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
There are some things that I throw away and some that I don't. I usually give away things that people might want, like notes from school and stuff like that. But I do keep books, receipts (even the ones from ages ago), and greeting cards. I throw everything else.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
I tend to hold onto things. Once a year I try to clean out the things I know I don't want or need. But, I have rubber maid totes full of books.
apma apma 7 years
I generally keep things for a long period of time, but once I see that I haven't even so much as picked it up in a year (sometimes longer), I throw it away.
EJean EJean 7 years
Sugar, my dear, you wrote this post for Auntie Eeeee! I solve my problem by simply hauling everything----old dog toys, Esquire Magazines that I MUST read, party invitations that I've kept for four years, etc, etc-----to a storage space. I arrive, fling open the doors, toss the stuff in, slam the doors and just lock the buggers UP! This way I don't have to go through the calamitous trahhhhhhma of throwing anything away. But it is OUT of the house.
heidi-girl heidi-girl 7 years
clothes yes, everything else no.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I def get it from my parents. I have a hard time letting go of things. Luckily, I have a storage shedto keep *most* of it out of the way. I even have a hard time tossing old papers, bills, etc. but I am working on it.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 7 years
yea i am....i get it from my mom but shes like 100 time worse. i get separation anxiety
amerynn amerynn 7 years
I used to be, and I also used to be really messy - something clicked when I moved out on my own, though, and now I only keep the absolute necessities or important things and try to keep things as neat and tidy as my time will allow :)
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I keep everything. Books, papers, clothes, shoes, toys, you name it, I have it. When I move all of it is going to go!
burningphoenix burningphoenix 7 years
I get it from my parents. As a matter of fact, the other day my mom found a box of magazines from 10 years ago and still kept it!
puddlesworth puddlesworth 7 years
I throw away anything I don't use
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I get it from my parents.
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