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Frugality and hoarding?

October 3rd, 2011 at 09:26 am

Are these 2 tendencies at odd with each other?
I am not talking about the extreme (yes, I do watch "Hoarders").
I'm talking about a mich milder version, like few unneeded boxes, overstuffed closets and dressers, etc...

You "may" need an item. It is a perfectly good item. There is no reason to throw it out, except you have not needed it in 2 years.
But what if you do? You'll have to go out and buy it again.

Same with clothing. I'd go "oh, I may gain/loose enough weight to wear it again"

Or you just don't like it. (but you paid "good money" for it). Or you got them as gifts. Oh, I hate those. I can't throw it away (they are brand new and I have a problem with this from an environmental standpoint) but I JUST DON"T WANT any candles, frames, diffusers or nicknacks. So into the cabinets they go.

Oh, I wish I could have a garage sale! you people are lucky to just be able to have them.

Anyway, my struggle is that I like zen like decor. Natural, not ornate, not cluttered space. But the frugal me is holding on to stuff that makes place less "zen" than I would like.

8 Responses to “Frugality and hoarding?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    double post...tried to edit. oops.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm not sure I'm ultra frugal, but I'm nearly a minimalist when it comes to stuff. I do not hang on to things I don't enjoy or are currently useful.

    I'd suggest ebay or craigslist since you can't have a garage sale. And for things that you cannot sell, donate!

    In all the things I've gotten rid of over the years, there may only be one thing I regretted. And today as I write this, I'm not even sure what that was. I feel pretty confident I'm not out rebuying stuff I've given away either.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    My experience with real hoarders is that their financial life is also out of control. Holding on to a few things that you might use -- if you really might use them -- is not really a problem, unless it is encroaching on your space.

  4. baselle Says:

    I'm in a similar situation as you - I like the wabi sabi, Zen like decor but I also have that "what if I need it?". I have two piles that I want to figure out what do with. One is that pile of frames... it is now time to pick photos & hang 'em up.

    I remember reading in a Japan wabi-sabi style book that to make it work you must be ruthless. Only stuff that you enjoy to the hilt* makes the cut, and only one of it. The other bit that I gleamed from is that one solution is to have a storage shed (of course), but that storage shed is arranged in four parts. Stuff you enjoy during the 1. winter, 2. spring, 3. summer, 4. fall. You pick a day or two and swap out the seasonal stuff with the next seasonal stuff.

    *even if somebody gave it to you, you still must enjoy it to the hilt ... family politics did not count, or the owner of the family samurai sword must have used it on the complainers. Big Grin

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Like CB says my friend with the hoarding issue has a disastrous financial life. I love paper--articles, recipes, etc--but that doesn't seem to have much to do with my finances. My father always blamed his collection of twine, twist ties and old coffee cans on his depression-era upbringing.

  6. Miz Pat Says:

    Actually i recently cleaned out a bedroom and closet and found that getting rid of things i didn't need (which went to thrift stores or church garage sale)found me a lot of things I had that I had forgotten and really wanted again.

    For instance, about 20 pairs of socks, my camera case, shirts I could actually wear and all the extra shoes the puppies ate.

    So its not the hording, its the having so much stuff you don't know what you have.

  7. uRabbit Says:

    Craigslist. Wink
    We are currently going thru "stuff reduction" and eBay and Craigslist has been wonderful! eBay for clothing and electronics, Craigslist for furniture, odds n ends, etc.

  8. whitestripe Says:

    definately ebay that stuff! esp since its coming to christmas. or... re-gift?

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