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glemon
03-20-2017, 12:15 AM
I have always been kind of a pack rat, not a hoarder, but if there is a reasonably conceivable future use for something I don't throw it away. I have lots of old car parts, old kids toys, old electronics in the basement and the garage.

We have decided we will likely move soon, so we are organizing and pitching. I have heard some people say they feel relieved or unburdened by such activities, I feel no such joy. Sad about the memories of some of the stuff from when the kids were little, and also the sort of finality.of thinking of all the things that would be used "someday" and surrendering to time and the realization that many of those somedays wont come.

Not nearly as fun as fixing a car, intellectually I know it needs to be done, told the wife it was exhausting, not physically so much as mentally, she was pushing for the purge, but wholeheatedly agreed.

Edit: oh wonderful, a typo in the title, sorry cant edit.

Basil
03-20-2017, 12:32 AM
I have always been kind of a pack rat, not a hoarder, but if there is a reasonably conceivable future use for something I don't throw it away. I have lots of old car parts, old kids toys, old electronics in the basement and the garage.

We have decided we will likely move soon, so we are organizing and pitching. I have heard some people say they feel relieved or unburdened by such activities, I feel no such joy. Sad about the memories of some of the stuff from when the kids were little, and also the sort of finality.of thinking of all the things that would be used "someday" and surrendering to time and the realization that many of those somedays wont come.

Not nearly as fun as fixing a car, intellectually I know it needs to be done, told the wife it was exhausting, not physically so much as mentally, she was pushing for the purge, but wholeheatedly agreed.

Edit: oh wonderful, a typo in the title, sorry cant edit.

Normally, if not too much time has passed, you can edit your post's title if you go to the "Advanced" editor. I'll fix it for you though.

glemon
03-20-2017, 03:45 AM
Thanks Basil, you are the man

DrEntropy
03-20-2017, 07:15 AM
I have always been kind of a pack rat, not a hoarder, but if there is a reasonably conceivable future use for something I don't throw it away. I have lots of old car parts, old kids toys, old electronics in the basement and the garage.

We have decided we will likely move soon, so we are organizing and pitching. I have heard some people say they feel relieved or unburdened by such activities, I feel no such joy. Sad about the memories of some of the stuff from when the kids were little, and also the sort of finality.of thinking of all the things that would be used "someday" and surrendering to time and the realization that many of those somedays wont come.

Not nearly as fun as fixing a car, intellectually I know it needs to be done, told the wife it was exhausting, not physically so much as mentally, she was pushing for the purge, but wholeheatedly agreed.

Edit: oh wonderful, a typo in the title, sorry cant edit.

Know the feeling! My sympathies. We're sitting on a lifetime's worth of "someday useful" stuff, facing the purge decision now. But the "letting go" is daunting. I have multiple Alfa, Lotus and MG engines/gearboxes/parts around, some assembled, some in pieces. Loads of spare bits for each of those as well. Along with stuff like downhill snow skis (like those would ever have a use in Florida!) and water skis in multiples, a "collection" of American Flyer toy trains, three generations of tools... so far I've just thrown my hands in the air and turned my back on the whole thing. That has to change, and soon. May start putting things on the "for sale" list here. Basil could use the money. :wink:

Popeye
03-20-2017, 09:05 AM
Good luck! It is zero fun...

We did a purge a few years back with my parents ginormous house. (The house is a story of its own; we grew up in an 8-bedroom turn of the century house. When my parents bought it in the 70's it it had neither heat (hot water) nor running water... we learned a lot very quickly!) I mention this as an 8-bedroom house has a lot of room to store stuff, especially once all the kids are out!

However, we were able to derive some pleasure from purging by donating a lot of stuff for re-use. A collection of vintage National Geographic went to an orthodontist for his waiting room. An encyclopedia from 196x was given to a youth center. Much of the furniture and kitchen goods went to Salvation Army. Craig's list "curb alerts" got rid of stuff quickly - someone out there has a decent lawn mower, free of charge. My parents did not have car parts - but there are some specialized purveyors of car parts that would probably take the lot of stuff and pay shipping (e.g. Team Triumph in Ohio). Obviously I presume some folks picked up the free stuff and chucked it in the local landfill, but at least some of the "junk" is serving a purposeful second life.

Regardless - I wish you the best!!

CaptRandy
03-20-2017, 10:00 AM
We have been purging for the past 5 years and are not affected by the removal of unwanted items. If they have not been used in over 2 years they are not necessary. I go to friends homes and have to step over teddybears, toy trains VCR tapes and who knows what else. Garage across the street has boxes of crap piled to the ceiling. They open the door and boxes fall out they have so many.

NutmegCT
03-20-2017, 10:44 AM
Remember Fibber McGee's closet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9FGC68YcwM

weewillie
03-20-2017, 12:02 PM
also looking at this, kids don't want any of our stuff. they like the modern throw away things. So will have a garage sale this summer (may have to have 2) Midget and sons mini will probably go on kijiji and a bunch of other stuff too. Haven't decided what to do with all my woodworking tools yet. What a chore.

PAUL161
03-20-2017, 01:12 PM
Hmmm, I guess that's why my wife calls me a pack rat! I have come to the conclusion that if I haven't used it in 5 years, it going, so I'm thinking about it. :highly_amused: PJ

Boink
03-20-2017, 02:38 PM
Nothing like a good purging. :emmersed: My wife recently retired and we're now, finally, going through accumulated junk in a serious way.
I had previously gone through a lot of my stuff about 15 years ago... and I don't collect car-stuff unless it is really needed or easy to store.

Took MANY books off for donation.

JPSmit
03-20-2017, 05:23 PM
Going through a purge here as well. Starting with books and photos. I have to say I feel lighter as stuff goes. I am also scanning things I might need "one day" - have a fairly big stack of car magazines waiting on a good home. In terms of photos - I figure if I can't remember who is in it it is safe to go. :grin:

DavidApp
03-21-2017, 01:37 PM
Know the feeling. A basement is a blessing and a curse.

We have done several mini purges. Stuff going to goodwill or trash. The first one was prompted by seeing the Buried Alive seres. We were no where that level but our efforts did yield several car loads to goodwill and more truck loads to the dump.

One problem with getting rid of something that has sat quietly on the shelf for 10 years minding its own business as soon as you get rid of it a few days later you need it.
Never fails.

David

DrEntropy
03-21-2017, 03:14 PM
One problem with getting rid of something that has sat quietly on the shelf for 10 years minding its own business as soon as you get rid of it a few days later you need it.
Never fails.

Boy, howdy!

weewillie
03-21-2017, 05:11 PM
did a clean up about 7 years ago and when they took the dumpster to the landfill site it was 1.9 tons of stuff, and it was not one of the big dumpsters.

glemon
03-21-2017, 07:38 PM
Wow, don't think we are anywhere near two tons, but I did take a few hundred pounds of various scrap steel from the garage last year.

Trevor Triumph
03-21-2017, 10:49 PM
Talking about purging unwanted, or more correctly unused stuff brought some sadness. The memories brought back by the mention of photographs- vacations, weddings, graduations...

Kind of bitter sweet. Realizing that some of the accumulated stuff will never be used. The Renault might get sold, time running out on the DKW.
In like thought, at Triumphest last fall Alan, an attendee, suggested that our best days are behind us. Not so I said. At concert in December I realized that maybe he was right. I became aware that I will not sing in such a fine choir, and never conduct such a group. All the stuff I have collected will most likely end with me. Toy trains do not mean the same to the our grandchildren, the sports cars are antiques. Sadly our grandchildren, while old enough to drive, have little interest in doing so. Oh well, I can enjoy the things I have. And importantly the friends and family I have.

T.T.

NutmegCT
03-22-2017, 06:56 AM
"Oh well, I can enjoy the things I have. And importantly the friends and family I have."

:iagree:

Amen to that!

PAUL161
03-22-2017, 09:33 AM
We had a 3 day car show Fri, Sat, Sun, in Tulsa a couple weeks ago, which I attended every day and noticed on Saturday a record crowed attended. I would guess that the majority were in their twenties and thirties, of course lots of kids. Car restorations and interest in different cars vary with the times. I wouldn't worry to much about our cars gaining or loosing interest in the future, look how many years a lot of these cars sat buried without any interest in restoring them, mine sat for 20 years! Then someone pulls one out to restore and stirs the pot again which in turn sparks a desire in other folks to join the crowd. I would be more worried about some government agency changing the rules to keep old cars off the road, as a ruling in a lot of states now restricting vehicles that can not obtain and hold a certain speed from using particular roads. JMHO. PJ

GTP1960
03-23-2017, 07:04 AM
The three things that pile up & are hardest to properly be rid of, for me anyway:
old cans of paint
old computers & electronics
any papers that have personal identification #'s on them or are tax related.

problem with purging:. You can dispose of piles of stuff, but when you turn around ........the garage looks just the same.

Mickey Richaud
03-23-2017, 07:13 AM
Between this thread and Doug's "Storing Stuff" thread, somewhere George Carlin is smirking!

weewillie
03-23-2017, 09:19 AM
The three things that pile up & are hardest to properly be rid of, for me anyway:
old cans of paint
old computers & electronics
any papers that have personal identification #'s on them or are tax related.

problem with purging:. You can dispose of piles of stuff, but when you turn around ........the garage looks just the same.

the paint and electronics we have can be recycled at specific areas, any papers I don't need are shredded and burned, and even though I don't have a garage the basement still looks the same after
You are absolutely correct Guy

PC
03-23-2017, 03:51 PM
on letting go:

"Nothing in life really stays. And it's beautiful that they go. They have to go in order for the next thing to come. You can almost add beauty to a thing by accepting that it's temporary."

Paul McCartney

weewillie
03-23-2017, 09:27 PM
that must have been the drug induced days

Boink
03-23-2017, 10:06 PM
on letting go:

"Nothing in life really stays. And it's beautiful that they go. They have to go in order for the next thing to come. You can almost add beauty to a thing by accepting that it's temporary."
Paul McCartney

As I recall, he also wrote "why, why says the junk in the yard." :rolleye:

GTP1960
03-26-2017, 09:12 AM
Between this thread and Doug's "Storing Stuff" thread, somewhere George Carlin is smirking!
Ha

George Carlin......the tell-it-like-it-is statesman for the 60's.
"you got two crumbs, Man!"
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PAUL161
03-26-2017, 10:21 AM
And what half is he in? :rolleyes2: PJ

GTP1960
03-26-2017, 10:48 AM
And what half is he in? :rolleyes2: PJ


47863

(Self proclaimed & made a great living at it)

47864

(Back to Mickey's reference)

Brooklands
03-27-2017, 07:50 AM
We went through the purge back in 2015 before moving at the end of the year. I got rid of lots of car books and posters, but passed them on to people who I volunteer with at America On Wheels Museum, so I know they are still appreciated. My music library was digitized to some extent, and the 45's ended up in the museum juke boxes, the albums were sold to the local used record shop where they can be appreciated again, and the CD's were sold at a garage sale, making a lot of people happy to expand their libraries. Sadly, the TR3B was sold because we lost a lot of garage space. An antiques dealer took a bit of the better stuff for pennies on the dollar, but hopefully some of them found new homes. A lot of other items went to Goodwill, and some went onto the trash pickup pile where people scavenged it before the truck took the rest. But I did not purge my toy car collection, and I am currently working on building a whole new Brooklands Speedway slot car layout (https://www.flickr.com/photos/brooklands/albums/72157674994622193) to replace the one that I demolished for the move.

GTP1960
03-27-2017, 08:18 PM
Man! " Brooklands slot car Speedway " looks like a masterpiece.

Dave, can you give us some specs on the cars & layout, etc. (perhaps in a new thread?)

i used to race them back in the 60's at the Bronco Bowl bowling ally in OakCliff Tx.

but haven't thought about it in 50 years.

AngliaGT
03-27-2017, 09:28 PM
I ran into the owner of the auto electric place that has to move because of being
displaced by the pot growers,at the local recycling center.He was getting rid of all of his Mitchell manuals,
as he has them on his computer.
I was proud of myself,as I passed on taking them,but I did save the 1966 Dodge Dart/Coronet
factory shop manual.Couldn't see that go away.Now to find someone interested in it......

LarryK
03-27-2017, 10:22 PM
Got so much stuff in the garage that I have gotten or purchased over the years. I repacked everything in clear containers and restacked on the shelves with labels. Threw out a lot of old rusty stuff and then put some in a storage unit with a parts car. Purge done.