Are you a Hoarder or a Chucker?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by DPinBucks, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. DPinBucks

    DPinBucks
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    6,371
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Burnham, Bucks
    Ratings:
    +1,932
    Which are you?
    1. Ruthless about throwing stuff away you don't use, regardless of condition.
    2. Throw anything away which you don't use, except things which seem ‘too nice to chuck'.
    3. Generally pretty good, but have hang-ups about some things, such as books.
    4. Only throw broken or worn-out stuff away.
    5. OK, but cannibalize gadgets and things for potential spares before throwing them out.
    6. A bit of a hoarder, and have to have an occasional major clear-out.
    7. A real hoarder; never throw anything
    I find it difficult to throw anything away which still has some use or ‘niceness' about it, even though I know I'll never ever use it again. Examples are old iPods, film cameras, clothes. I also have a particular hang-up about throwing books away, even those I don't like and/or will never read again. But they're only pieces of paper, right? You can always find them again on the net if you really want to.

    I had a lot of heart-searching before throwing my old VHS and Compact Cassette tapes away, despite the fact that I got rid of the players long before (they really did wear out, or I'd probably still be using them). I still have a pile of LPs, but no player and no desire to listen to them. All the tracks I want are already on my iPod. CDs are rapidly going the same way. I haven't listened to a CD in literally years.

    I thought of doing a poll, but I think that many of us will fall into several categories. I'm in 2,3 and 5.

    PS: by ‘throwing out' I mean get rid of by any means, including recycling or charity shops
     
  2. kBm

    kBm
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    8,462
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    North West
    Ratings:
    +2,257
    I'm good at clearing out old junk (especailly the wife's stuff...;)) but i do hoard old pc related cables, speaker wire, printer cables, old USB cables etc. I also keep carboard boxes of items just in case i need to take them back, often finding the box has out lived the actual item...:facepalm:
     
  3. kav

    kav
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    25,488
    Products Owned:
    10
    Products Wanted:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +13,816
    I'm 2, 3 and 5 as well, I'll do things like strip the flex off any electrical devices and keep pieces of copper or waste pipe after doing plumbing. My wife rolls her eyes at me but every now and then I get to be smugly triumphant because some little job will need done around the house and I will have just the thing to do it because of my stash.

    I also keep everying AV/PC related - old cables, useless stuff like a 56k NIC card, and assorted components. You never know when it might become useful...

    We only got rid of our CDs (over 700 of them) a few months ago, despite not listening to them for a few years.
     
  4. Iccz

    Iccz
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    24,060
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Keystone City
    Ratings:
    +6,750
    I keep spares and books. I keep books because I will re-read them at some point.
     
  5. kav

    kav
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    25,488
    Products Owned:
    10
    Products Wanted:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +13,816
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2012
  6. SBT

    SBT
    Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2011
    Messages:
    11,150
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +5,831
    I chuck away anything i don't use.I like a nice tidy house,i couldn't live the way hoarders do.
     
  7. IronGiant

    IronGiant
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2003
    Messages:
    65,583
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +45,446
    You can do a poll, just select the multi-choice option :smashin: start one off and we can merge it with this thread.
     
  8. dts_boy

    dts_boy
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2001
    Messages:
    2,675
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Manchester suburbs...
    Ratings:
    +216
    I'm afraid to say I'm a hoarder - since moving house we have a garage full stuff which I am at pains to clear.
    I love to keep stuff on the off chance I may use it - still have my trusty Zip drive from my Uni days :clap: (amongst other junk)
     
  9. bobflunkit

    bobflunkit
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,402
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    116
    Ratings:
    +691
    Also 2,3,5 for me

    Wife and daughter cannot and will not throw anything away. Wifey keeps birthday cards, Well she thinks does,I say I've put them with the others,well again I have, in the bin.

    I also cut electrical leads off everything that has broken and get binned because I always think, oh that plug will come in handy. Lead that must be 40 years old that i inherited from me ole man.I've got leads that still have 5 pin din plugs on.:D

    You cannot beat that feeling of mending something that has broken, with something that I've stored tidily in the garage for years for that very purpose.
     
  10. tvbox

    tvbox
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    5,716
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Prestwich, Manchester
    Ratings:
    +813
    Some things I hoard... "you never know when it's going to be useful", "we can fix that", "in case of emergency"
    and some things I just blindly chuck out before the hoarder mind comes in (papers)
    Cables- I have chucked a few scart cables out but that's about it... The 'spaghetti drawer' could do with tackling. I haven't thrown out many electronic devices in my time, the ones I have chucked out were because they don't work, but. I still have some working devices in the shed somewhere. The only perfectly good device I have thrown is a freeview box- we have 3 of the buggers in the house, so one of them had to go. and a BT Home hub.

    Oh, and we haven't come to the kitchen. In the drawer there are just so many unused "tools" - 3 or 4 peelers, well I use a knife yet still they haven't left the drawer. 4 tin openers, two of which work. Spoons, spatulas, broken tools, cookie cutters, garlic presses, and the most amusing one- two "magic spiral" garnish cutters (neither of which have been used or will be used), all in there.

    I do have clear outs now and again, but really, it's just a bit of clutter rather than full-on buried, like you see on tv.

    And what about food hoarding? There are multiple duplicates of cans beyond belief. When you go shopping, you feel that it is a "staple" (e.g beans, chopped tomatoes, peas, flour) so feel the need to just get it and accumulate more!
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2012
  11. Dancook

    Dancook
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2007
    Messages:
    15,239
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +5,928
    I have a faulty PS3 and now a fault Sony Vaio laptop --- going to be hard to chuck these out.
     
  12. LeftyXXIII

    LeftyXXIII
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2010
    Messages:
    3,937
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +1,038
    I'm a mix of 1,2 and 3.

    Generally if it doesn't get used I will see if I can raise some funds but if not then it'll go to charity. I have some stuff that I should get rid of but it's still sitting in a draw or under the bed.

    I'm like SBT, I like to have a nice and tidy house...on first look anyway, just don't open draws or doors ;)
     
  13. amcluesent

    amcluesent
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2002
    Messages:
    5,240
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Ratings:
    +1,167
    Selling my house has obliged me to "de-clutter". TBH, I wasn't too bad, turning stuff over on t'Bay, or taking to charidee shops
     
  14. SevloW

    SevloW
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Messages:
    3,121
    Products Owned:
    5
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Area 51
    Ratings:
    +1,173
    Used to be a hoarder but over the last few years I have managed to bring myself round to getting rid of various cables, wires and other electrical bits that 'would come in handy' :D

    I still have my Pioneer sx- receiver from the late 70's and a Marantz amp from the early 80's and a Morduant Short Dolby Surround processor I bought in the mid 90's.

    They all work so I just cannot bring myself to let them go, I mean they might come in handy...:D
     
  15. gibbsy

    gibbsy
    Moderator

    Joined:
    May 17, 2007
    Messages:
    12,770
    Products Owned:
    3
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Cwm Cynon, De Cymru
    Ratings:
    +6,944
    Is it true that you threw your central heating radiators out.:D
     
  16. KyleS1

    KyleS1
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2007
    Messages:
    20,506
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +8,795
    That made me laugh. You are going to get it in the neck when that day comes that she does want to look through them! :rotfl:
     
  17. bobflunkit

    bobflunkit
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,402
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    116
    Ratings:
    +691
    We've been together 18 years and she hasn't felt the need to have a shufty as yet.

    Wednesday is my day off, shes at work,so havin a clear out(her stuff) and have just found 8 old next catalogues. WHY?
     
  18. PoochJD

    PoochJD
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2000
    Messages:
    11,006
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Norwich
    Ratings:
    +1,861
    Hi,

    I don't tend to hoard stuff, as it's not my style. If I keep something, it's because I want to keep it. However, there are plenty of times when it's simply a case of "I want this stuff, but I just don't have anywhere to put it right now", and hence it is boxed-up until -hopefully, one day soon - I will have somewhere for that stuff to go.

    I am though, a mixture of: 1), 2), 3), 4) and 6). If I don't want something, but it's perfectly useable, then I'll either sell it, or if not, donate it to a charity store. If they don't want the stuff, and no one else does, then I'll bin it.


    Pooch
     
  19. KyleS1

    KyleS1
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2007
    Messages:
    20,506
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +8,795
    I love how when you refer to having a clear out, you always say "her stuff". I wish I could get away with that!

    I'm a bit of a mixture too. I can't throw away cables, allen keys, screw drivers, even if I have several in the same size, and I have about 20 of the same size from Ikea stuff!
    I never seem to get rid of books even if I have read them and never plan on reading them again, so instead I bought a Kindle, so all new books are invisible. :)
    I also have boxes in the loft of stuff that has long since broken and binned, but it takes more effort to sort them than leave them where they are, which is unseen. :)
     
  20. shoestring25

    shoestring25
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2003
    Messages:
    4,374
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    essex
    Ratings:
    +764
    i like to have spares of things. eg the shower head split and water was coming out the side of the head so no problem i thought got one up in the loft. no i didnt it was one of the few things i chucked when i had a clear out a few weeks back now very annoyed :facepalm:
     
  21. IronGiant

    IronGiant
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2003
    Messages:
    65,583
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +45,446
    That's a thread in itself :D

    How many times did you need something the day after you threw it out?

    Closely followed by: how many times did you buy a new something only to find the old one when you got home.

    with their closely aligned:

    "where is that old so and so" reply "I threw it out last week"

    and "I bought a new so and so because I couldn't find the old one" reply " Oh I put it in with the thingamajigs, here you are..."
     
  22. bobflunkit

    bobflunkit
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,402
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    116
    Ratings:
    +691
    That's why I always tidy my stuff away when I've done with it. I just don't give her the opportunity to tidy/throw my stuff. Wifey on the other hand will just
    Leave her truck lying around for ever. She inherited her untidiness from her mother(that's 5 x times worse)
     
  23. shahedz

    shahedz
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2005
    Messages:
    11,030
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +1,903
    I don't hoard at all. All my DVD, Blu rays, I back up to my NAS, store the discs them selves and chuck the covers which take up space.

    Have a kindle so don't store books etc. Probably suits modern times with the sizes of flats/houses etc.

    Clothes I no longer wear I donate to Charity.
     
  24. Steve N

    Steve N
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Messages:
    10,920
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Peterborough
    Ratings:
    +2,377
    I'm a hoarder :(

    I've loads of stuff needs selling or junking.
    Too lazy I guess :rolleyes:
     
  25. loz

    loz
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2001
    Messages:
    13,062
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +1,787
    My wife and I are ruthless chuckers.

    If it doesn't move. Ebay or carboot it. (but never just chuck it...)

    We regularly go through the cupboards. If we haven't used or worn something for a while - then out it goes. Better to sell it whilst there is still some value in it (rather than keep it for so long it becomes an antique)

    My wife regularly lists stuff on ebay every thursday night, and asks every week what is there to sell. She looks forward to free listing days :)

    This is my study (a couple of years back, computers now updated)
    If it gets any more untidy than this, I know it is time for a clear out.

    [​IMG]

    I only keep as much as fits in the cupboards. When they are full, then something has to go!

    We can even put cars in our garage :D
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2012
  26. beastofrock

    beastofrock
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    1,517
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Okehampton, Devon
    Ratings:
    +214
    for me i am getting ruthless with getting rid of stuff, I am one of those people who is actually happy things are moving over to digital downloads. I am no longer buy blu rays either rent from lovefilm or watch on sky or if there is a film i really want i buy through itunes.

    Unfortunately on the other hand my parents like to horde stuff and living at home really doesn't help but plan on getting my own place soon so hopefully and can relax while at home
     
  27. Trollslayer

    Trollslayer
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    24,612
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Poole
    Ratings:
    +9,843
    More of a "Can't be bothered to chucker".
     
  28. DJSigma

    DJSigma
    Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2008
    Messages:
    6,727
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Ratings:
    +1,896
    I hoard music. I collect tapes, records and CDs, so I have loads of them.

    With other stuff, I've become a lot more organised. I used to keep old gadgets and stuff in drawers, but now if I no longer have a need for something I'll sell it on eBay. I would only throw something out if I felt that nobody else would want it.
     
  29. Graham27

    Graham27
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2003
    Messages:
    3,127
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    St. Helier, Jersey
    Ratings:
    +976
    Chucker. Charity shop if it's worth anything, bin if not. I believe in making life as easy as possible, and I hate having stuff lying all over the place (even if it is boxed).

    The missus is a hoarder, which drives me nuts. We moved house and put a lot of stuff in storage, only bringing the essentials. Upon checking the other day, it seems she has 51 'essential' pairs of footwear :facepalm:
     
  30. Toko Black

    Toko Black
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Messages:
    7,264
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +3,364
    7 ... you never know when you might need a box of windows 3.1 manuals and certificates or a token ring network adapter that went obsolete 10 years ago.
     

Share This Page

Loading...