"C" word and "F" word

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Loin Lover, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Mrs. Lover has called me numerous things over the decades. I suppose I deserved them all, she can be brutally honest.

    We choose not to use vulgar language. I am guilty of saying shazbot when poking a finger with a 0.009 string, among other times. I'm far from perfect.

    My better half constantly calls me the "c" word. Occasionally someone might throw the "f" word out in my defense. Cheapskate, frugal.

    Although not a hoarder I find it difficult to throw out something I may use in the future. Some day. Maybe. Rope/twine, lumber scraps, nuts/bolts/washers with no mates, short lengths of wire, leaking garden hoses, old PCV valves--all are safe with me. I was called the "c" word for saving/wrapping twine around posts used in my garden. It no doubt came from a HomeDep or Lo lumber run.

    Do you frugally do or save anything others find unusual? I'm not talking about normal stuff such as turning underwear inside out and wearing another day. o_O

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  2. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-holic

    Nov 20, 2017
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I like to both keep and the clear it out. Usually I think “why did I keep this?”, throw it out, then find I need it 2 weeks later :(:D
  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Squier-Meister

    Apr 22, 2018
    That woman, Marie kondo (?} who says you should throw out anything that doesn’t give you joy... what a stupid concept. It sounds good superficially, but it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

    I’m all for people decluttering or throwing out or keeping whatever. But putting a sham spirituality on it seems to me to be disngenuous.

    Maybe I have too much stuff. I have 2000 books, but I’ve read them all, and I use them in my line of work. 4 guitars, but again, all used. And I’m not throwing out things that have a sentimental value.

    To the op - hang on to it.

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  4. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    I never heard of Ms Kondo. I bet she never found joy in digging through coffee cans full of bolts and finding the exact right one. I really need to organize all that, lol.
  5. Lonn

    Lonn Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2009
    Carmel IN
    I'm a typical American waste monger. I hate having stuff that I know we'll probably never use again. We moved into a new house 2 1/2 years ago and have about 15 boxes of stuff in the garage that never made it in. I say if we've lived without it that long we obviously don't need it. Come spring time I'm giving my wife and daughter one last chance to go through the boxes and then they're gone. They're taking up space I want to use for a workbench.
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  6. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Yeah. Unless it's something valuable like jewelry or a guitar, if we haven't used something in years it goes into the donation box or trash, unless I can squeeze a few bucks out of it on eBay.

    I have to balance my anxiety over tossing something that I may need one day with my anxiety over having too much clutter. :)
  7. Stratlover84

    Stratlover84 Squier-Nut

    Jun 16, 2016
    I'd say you're more like the "r" word:

    Resourceful ;)
  8. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    I have à tendency to collect things. Not everything...just things that i like.
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  9. -r3-

    -r3- Squier-holic

    Jan 28, 2016
    NC Piedmont
  10. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Nut

    Apr 10, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Ah, funny that I often criticise my family exactly for that. Well, when it's taken to an extreme, that is. Jars full of screws and nuts are super useful, every now and then some are needed to fix something around the home, nearly every time the right ones are just stored there. In the garden those pieces of rope can be quite handy when a tree or a plant needs to be tightened to a support stick, too. Now, the damaged hoses, for example...

    Overall, I think it's important to differentiate storing things that may very well be useful at some point, and hoarding. In many cases I agree with my family's mindset when I happen to need some random thing and it happens to be laying around, but in many others I think it's just too much. For a start, our attic could easily be half empty if all the appliance boxes, stored for warranty reasons (though not only those aren't needed nowadays, but also we're talking mostly about things that are over a decade old and in some cases long gone), broken stuff that found its final place there instead of the trash and just random things like piles of old school books that have no purpose anymore and other things that have no hopes of ever being used again were thrown away. In fact, I'll possibly take some drastic measures about that myself soon, given I planed on reserving part of the area to store and work on my bike (the garage is a large open floor shared with all the other neighbours of the building and it requires to have all its lighting on for all the hours I happen to spend there, plus it makes me uncomfortable not being able to work in peace) - yet despite having a perfectly nice place for that, it's impossible right now to do so because of all the trash accomulated there. At home, the wardrobes are completely full, a good half being clothes never used, some rooms (admittedly including my own, though...) could be a lot more spacious if all the unneeded crap was gotten rid of.

    In short, it's a balance between not being wasteful, throwing things you'd likely have to eventually buy again later on, and not falling into the point of accomulating trash just because. As the saying goes, do you really own your things, or do your things own you?
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  11. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    I think it's a heathy practice to do a "spring cleaning" on a regular basis and purge one's belongings. It feels good to get rid of crap.
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  12. RegularJim

    RegularJim Squier-Nut

    Dec 30, 2017
    Illiconsin, Wisinois
    My weakness is cables. I have a bin in the crawlspace with things like old Coaxial, ethernet, RCA, fire wire, phone cord, etc. Not sure why. Just in case technology goes back 20 years, I guess. You could also find in that bin computer keyboards and mice (the kind with the little rubber ball inside), probably with round connectors, and ZIP drive. I am 99% sure I'll never need any of it, but if I ever do it will be hard to find.
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  13. Indy Guy

    Indy Guy Squier Talker

    Jan 7, 2019
    Greater Indianapolis
    My parent's lived through the great depression and I believe it scarred my Dad the most, he will not throw much of anything away. I tend to be more analytical and will only save stuff I am sure I'll need.
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  14. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    I donate and give free stuff we don’t use all the time. Sometimes I kick myself for doing it but at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. I bought a vintage surfboard for $15 at a garage sale, fixed it up, rode it once and wasn’t for me. Instead of spending more time surfing it, trying to figure it out. I gave it to my surf buddy for a Bday gift at his 80’s theme party! Perfect! I also just dropped off a 80lb bag of clothes to Goodwill. I know they make $$ off it but that stuff just sat in our closets unworn! Yeah, I do keep a lot of other stuff (had a box of cables for years thinking I would someday use it), I never did, finally gave it away! It’s good to de clutter and free your mind from that “stuff”.

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  15. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Similar to depression era folks are small farm folks, at least in the 60s & 70s. We had to fabricate and build. If we, or a neighbor who was probably on our telephone party line, had a bolt/pin/widget to repair something it was huge. We lived 13 miles out of town, 10 were gravel. A neighbor or friend with a cutting torch and welder was priceless.

    As an example we never bought fence posts. Life expectancy of cedar fence posts is 5-7 years. Cut, split, build, replace. Repeat.
  16. Indy Guy

    Indy Guy Squier Talker

    Jan 7, 2019
    Greater Indianapolis
    My parents were raised on farms as well. One of my uncles followed the wheat harvest like the folks in "Grapes Of Wrath" that's probably why they are so frugal.
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  17. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016

    Same here. Every two years I go through everything in all storage locations, if it hasn’t been used since the last pass through, it’s gone. It’s only burned me a couple times, but I think it’s a better system than the alternative.
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  18. howserx

    howserx Squier-Meister

    Apr 20, 2017
    Toronto, Canada
    Books and tech are my weak points. Other than that I tend not to accumulate "crap" My last move I got rid of 7 CD/dvd drives. In my 20+ years owning a PC I've had 1 CD drive fail on me. I don't need 7! I have a lot of old computer books laying around. I haven't seen SQL 2005 in 10 years but I'm sure I still have at least one book about it....
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  19. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

    Jan 19, 2014
    I recently inherited a house that was inhabited by a person who "kept" everything. After donating, selling, recycling everything I could, the day of the dumpster is upon me.It arrives Friday, and by Monday the house will be completely empty. The hardest part will be downsizing and cleaning out my old house for the move.I try not to accumulate too much stuff, but have to decide what stays and what goes. Guitars and amps are excluded from this of course.
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  20. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    I also try not to collect too much stuff, and yet it's funny as the months and years go by how my storage closets keep filling up. I'm such a product of my culture!
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