We are both packrats! Neither of us can get rid of anything. It’s easy for me to blame Vince for the excess and for the fact that it took two 40 foot gooseneck trailers and two 26 foot U-Haul trucks to get us here. Vince has big, heavy stuff – tools like saws, drill press, hand tools, and papers! He can’t get rid of any papers.
For me, it’s mostly fabric and yarn and I can justify that because it doesn’t weigh much. Also, if you need a certain size screw driver, shouldn’t you need just one. You generally aren’t using your hands and feet to screw or unscrew something so one of each size seems like it should be suficient. With fabric, you don’t just need a blue piece of fabric . . it might be a blue green or a sky blue or a navy blue or a small print or a solid or an almost solid so one should have at least 40 blues, right? And what if it’s a backing fabric you need . . and you’re having to piece it? Eight yards should be the minimum, right? Thanks! I knew you would all see it my way.
I do have fabric I’ll never use but . . you never know! Last weekend Addie decided she wanted to make towels for her dolls so we went downstairs, she found fabric she liked, I cut it all, serged the edges and we made about a dozen doll towels. It was kinda like beach towels she was wanting so those weird colors that I would have thrown out were the ones she wanted. Addie loves choosing fabric from the stash for all her little ideas. That alone makes it worth keeping. One thing she’ll probably always remember is that Granny had an amazing fabric stash. She’ll also remember that Granny had too much of everything else!
As we open boxes, we’re both laughing and I think it’s laughing to keep from crying.
Yesterday Vince brought in a tote and he said “Here’s all your silverware.” It’s just that metal container that has silverware and I think it looks like mostly knives. When I would try to throw out knives, I wanted to put them in a small box and tape it shut so no one got cut accidentally. That had to be done while Vince was away because he never wanted to throw out even an old knife . . never know when you might need it outside for something.
Half of those knives will be thrown out. It’s much easier for me to throw out stuff here because we have trash pickup so Vince doesn’t have to take everything out of the big trash toter, put it in the back of his pickup and go to the landfill with it.
It isn’t just knives or fabric or yarn . . it’s everything! Unpacking is not fun. I hope we remember all this STUFF as we’re wandering the aisles at T. J. Max, Target and places like that.