Monday, April 04, 2011

Is There A "Pack Rats Anonymous?"

It's going to be 87 degrees today. Yikes! That means around 90 for sure. I've noticed it gets at least 3-5 degrees warmer than the "projected" temperature for the day, around here.


I, like a fool, decided to tackle the STACKS this weekend. Naturally, I didn't start until yesterday, but let me explain what I'm talking about:
In our last house, right before we moved, I cleaned out the basement. And I realized that with all my years of "shoving" old bills and mail into boxes, (because A) I am lazy and B) I thought it was "smart" to keep stuff like cancelled checks and anything that was remotely financial related) I had a BUTTLOAD of stuff that needed to be shredded. and/or filed. About ten plastic tubs, to be exact. The movers were nice, they said "we can load all this paper stuff into smaller boxes, for you to take care of later." I thanked them, and in my current garage, is a STACK of about 15 boxes, all full of PAPER. Paper to be shredded or filed, whatever the case may be.

So, two weeks ago, I started opening a box a day, and shredding/filing everything inside. I'm now down to four boxes (hooray!) but I have to say, I will NEVER shove stuff in a box or tub again! I've found old bills from the late 1990's. I must say, some of it was quite nostalgic. But my whole point to this: shredding and going through boxes of documents is TIME SUCKING. Not to mention a little messy, with all the shredding and dumping.

Yeah, I won't be doing this again. Thanks, Mom, for passing your packrat tendencies on to me!

Thing One was watching a disturbing show last night, about "strange addictions." One lady was addicted to sleeping with her blowdryer. As in, it had to be ON all night, on the bed next to her. Her husband actually divorced her over it! And yes, she's burned herself many times. I was like, HUH?

Another lady is addicted to eating TOILET PAPER. About half a roll a day. She keeps TP in her car, her handbag, etc. When she's in the movie theater, instead of popcorn, she whips a roll of 2-ply out of her purse and NomNomNom. And get this: she's been eating it for 23 years. Can you all say "DANGER OF INTESTINAL BLOCKAGE" with me???? Oy.

I am thankful my kids are normal. Granted, I wish two of them weren't so dependent on their night lights, but after watching this show, I'm not even worried. At ALL. Total normal stuff going on at OUR house! ;-)

Okay, I'm rambling, now. Off to get the garbage cans out!


Anonymous said...

Ouch....ME? Pack rat tendencies??? I'll have you know I shredded all my boxes of papers (like yours) about 6 years ago and have kept it up ever since. :-)
:-)...course we won't mention your boxes of stuff in our garage. (heh, heh). Then again...maybe you're right now that I think about the garage "stuff" I have. Yes, lots has to go!


Devon Ellington said...

Hooray on your spring purging!

Cassaundra said...

I went on the great shredding adventure myself not to long ago. I only had stuff from about 2003 because instead of a shredder, I had a working fireplace and bundled it up for firewood.

So now I have a shiny new wood filing cabinet all organized. It was rather nice to know where all of our tax stuff was this year instead of trying to remember what box it was in.

And check your email! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I shred everything. It's the only way I keep sane.

Good luck!