Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
Kenneth
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Packrats!

The last poll question about collecting, and some of the answers about the stuff people keep made me think about packrats. I found out I was one when I had to move from a bigger to a smaller place. Then it was a chore deciding what to keep and what had to go. Now I live in a house and so far there's room for everything, but I keep thinking about the problem just in case.

What about you? Are your closets full of clothes you haven't worn in two years? Do you save tickets from concerts, old school notebooks, old issues of Vogue magazine? This is a poll for all the packrats out there!


Poll #1000730 Packrats

Are you a packrat?

Yes, no doubt I am
45(37.5%)
Probably
32(26.7%)
Maybe
19(15.8%)
I don't think so (she/he said with hesitation in his/her voice)
15(12.5%)
Definitely not
9(7.5%)

How many times have you moved in the past 5 years?

Never
35(29.4%)
Once
30(25.2%)
Twice
24(20.2%)
Three times
15(12.6%)
Four times or more
15(12.6%)

Your closets

are well organized without too much stuff in them
8(6.7%)
maybe they're not well organized, but they don't have too much stuff in them
26(21.8%)
hmm, I should consider whether they need to be gone through and take out stuff I never use
31(26.1%)
definitely need to be gone through and have stuff taken out that I never use
35(29.4%)
should be declared a disaster area
19(16.0%)

Your garage/storage area

I live with my 'rents/caregivers so those areas aren't my problem
52(46.0%)
is neat and tidy and doesn't have too much stuff
8(7.1%)
isn't neat and tidy, but doesn't have too much stuff
9(8.0%)
could use a cleaning to see if some stuff in there could be thrown out/given away
25(22.1%)
has too much stuff in it for sure, some of which can be thrown out/given away
19(16.8%)

Your room (excluding the closets, we've discussed them already)

is neat and tidy and ready for a picture for Better Homes Magazine
2(1.7%)
is reasonably neat and tidy
35(29.2%)
could use a good cleaning and have some stuff removed
42(35.0%)
has a lot of stuff stacked up in it, some of which could be removed
27(22.5%)
could be declared a disaster area
14(11.7%)

Which of the following do you collect in packrat fashion? (Check as many as apply)

Books
1(0.8%)
Magazines
1(0.8%)
Newspapers
0(0.0%)
Comics
0(0.0%)
CDs/DVDs
0(0.0%)
Clothes (excluding shoes)
0(0.0%)
Shoes
0(0.0%)
Sports or concert memorabilia such as programs from games, tickets, etc.
0(0.0%)
Posters
0(0.0%)
Dolls/figurines/action figures
0(0.0%)
Letters, correspondence, envelopes (any of these)
0(0.0%)
Past school books including notebooks
0(0.0%)
Photographs
2(1.7%)
Toiletries and soaps from hotels
0(0.0%)
Other (please comment and tell us what)
0(0.0%)

What is the best advice for the packrats out there?

Packrats of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your stuff.
22(18.8%)
Don't worry, be happy
14(12.0%)
If you've got the room for the stuff, what's the big deal?
29(24.8%)
Why do you need all that stuff you'll never use?
15(12.8%)
If you rent, you know you're gonna have to move all that stuff someday.
8(6.8%)
Two words: Garage Sale (or Yard Sale)
21(17.9%)
It's a sign of a much deeper problem. Seek therapy.
5(4.3%)
Other (please tell us what)
3(2.6%)
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