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Response to canoeist52 (Original post)

Tue Dec 20, 2011, 08:37 PM

2. I don't equate being a packrat with frugality. On the contrary.

Compulsive hoarding of stuff can be very problematic in many ways. Holding on to stuff you don't need or never use. Availability of space. Lack of recycling. Fire hazard. Clutter. Possible psychological issues.
Frugality is about efficiency in terms of finances and resources. Letting go of things we don't need so they can be recycled or serve the needs of others. Sharing. Reducing our carbon footprint. Curbing our consumerism. Being creative.

By nature, I am a pack rat. Had lots of room as a kid. That didn't last. Then moving around from town to town, country to country, really put a damper on things. Transported crap all over the place or bought it all again. Storage bills. I saw gypsies and wondered how they did it. Not that complicated really. Figured out what I needed and if there was any room left, prioritized the things I really wanted. Then tried fitting them all into the smallest space I could comfortably live in. An apartment in Manhattan was a learning experience. Finally graduated to a boat. That was 21 years ago and I still force myself to let go of things every day, but it gets easier every day.

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