Remnants of Things Past

I did a little time traveling yesterday, and I didn't like it.

“I'm going to clean the workshop,” I announced at breakfast. “I know I should write or mow the lawn, but I'm going to clean the workshop.”

“Sounds good,” Kris said. She rarely argues when I have an urge to do some cleaning.

A glimpse at the past
My WorkshopWhen we first looked at this property five years ago, I was drawn to the outbuildings. I have fond memories of the outbuildings on my grandparents' land, so I was excited that our new house would have a detached garage, two sheds, and a workshop.

For the first couple of years, I actually used the workshop for its intended purpose. It was the place I practiced my (very limited) handyman skills. I also used it to build computers for family and friends. In time, however, the building fell into disuse; it gradually turned to storage.

I gave a tour of our home to a visitor last month. When I showed the workshop, I was dismayed. I hadn't really looked at it in months — or years. But when I saw it through the eyes of a stranger, it was clear that it had become a dumping ground for my cast-off Stuff.

The past recaptured
I've written before about my battle with Stuff. In many ways, I've made great progress. I'm less acquisitive than I used to be, and I've sold most of the things that have value. But I still possess a great mass of Stuff.

As I began my cleaning project yesterday, the workshop was packed with:

  • Old computer parts (Apple II, Macintosh SE, etc.)
  • Vinyl record albums from my youth
  • Compact discs
  • Darkroom equipment
  • Old books and comics
  • Stacks and stacks of magazines
  • Boxes and bags filled with miscellaneous junk
  • Packaging materials from three years of purchases

Looking at this collection of Stuff — none of which I need or use anymore — I was overwhelmed. I felt sick. Did I really purchase all of this Stuff? Why? As I worked, I tried to answer that question.

Whenever I picked something up, I tried to remember how much I had paid for it and what had led me to buy it:

This voice recorder cost $59. I thought it would keep me from forgetting things, but I never remembered to use it. Not once. These photography books cost $20 each. I thought they'd help me make better photos, but I'm not sure I read any of them at all. I bought this old Apple II for $125 off of eBay because I wanted to play the games I remember from fifth and sixth grade. I used it for a couple of hours.

I took a trip through my past, and it wasn't a pleasant experience. All around me was evidence of my wasteful ways. For nearly 20 years, I had been in acquisition mode. I accumulated Stuff. My workshop was filled with the last remnants of this life.

One fundamental principle of frugality is to buy only things for which you have a use (even if that use is pleasure). The old J.D. wasn't good at this. I bought a lot of stuff that I didn't need — and barely wanted.

Now here I am at 40, and when I look at all of the things I own, I can't help but wonder what my younger self was thinking. Buying this Stuff seemed like a good idea at one time, I know, but owning these things did not make me happy. It didn't make me feel free. Quite the opposite, in fact. This Stuff is a burden, a physical and a mental barrier to the things that are actually important to me.

A dream of the future
Kris and I are in the very early stages of planning our vacation for next year, and we're leaning towards a Rick Steves tour. Steves is a one-bag zealot: Participants are not allowed to bring more than a single carry-on suitcase, whether the tour lasts two days — or twenty.

This might seem limiting to some, but I find the one-bag philosophy liberating. When Kris' parents took us to London and Dublin in 2007, I took a single carry-on bag. For three weeks, my entire world consisted solely of the possessions I could squeeze into this suitcase. It was awesome. I felt unburdened. When we returned from that trip, the one-bag experience prompted me to undergo a short phase during which I purged Stuff around the house — but I never finished the job.

As I continue to develop my personal and financial goals for the future, I want to focus less on Stuff. I've learned to guard against the invasion of Stuff, but I want to take it a step further. I want to eliminate more of the Stuff I already own. To that end, I've developed some personal guidelines to help me approach the task:

    • Don't overthink it. With so much Stuff to get rid of, it's easy to make the project even better than it has to be. I'm tempted to draw up plans on paper or to simply re-arrange the Stuff into new piles. The key is to dispense with all this folderol and just get started.

 

    • Focus on one item at a time. If I look at the entire project at once, I'm overwhelmed. How on earth will I ever clean the workshop? How will I ever find a place for all this Stuff? Instead, I concentrate on one thing at a time. Where does this photo enlarger go? And what about my old Tintin books? I break the project into smaller steps.

 

    • Don't get depressed. When I think about the time and money that this Stuff represents, I sometimes let it get me down. It seems like such a waste. But the past is the past, and I cannot change what I've done. All I can do is try to make smart choices going forward, to guard against the invasion of Stuff, and to get rid of the clutter that's already in my life.

 

    • Do some good with the Stuff you have. If I'm going to get rid of things, I might as well make the most of them. Sure, much of the Stuff is going to end up in the trash, but can some of the items be donated to a local thrift store? A school? In my case, I have darkroom equipment that somebody on Craigslist or Freecycle may want. My nephew would probably love the two boxes of model railroad parts I've acquired.

 

    • Purge ruthlessly. When I sort through this Stuff, I have to turn off the emotional side of my brain. This can be difficult, but it's necessary. Do I really need my high school newspapers? All of my old role-playing games? My boxes of common football cards? What about my cassette tapes from high school and college? The financial records for buying our first house in 1993? Everything has some sort of meaning; if I keep it all, I'm going to be buried in clutter.

 

  • Remember how this feels. Though I'm doing much better at avoiding Stuff, I still have my weaknesses. I still bring home too many books. I'm still drawn to “free” stuff by the side of the road. Next week, I plan to attend an enormous neighborhood garage sale, and if I'm not careful, I could come home with even more Stuff. When I'm tempted in the future, I need to remind myself of what it feels like to dig through this crap.

I almost think that this project should make me feel happy and triumphant, not sad and mopey. Look how far I've come! Look at the smart choices I'm now able to make! And think of how much less cluttered my life will be once I purge all of this stuff!

I don't feel triumphant yet, but maybe I'll get there. For now, I'm hoping that my own experience can serve as an object lesson to others who might be acquisition mode. Buying Stuff (and getting Stuff for free) can seem like fun. It can seem like “winning”. It's not. Don't buy things for which you have no use; the value is in the using, not the having.

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Joey
Joey
11 years ago

Good post. I try to go by the “one in, one out” rule myself.

Alternatively, I also like “don’t buy anything you won’t use at least once a week.”

Ryan
Ryan
11 years ago

“Remember how this feels” is perhaps the simplest (and yet most profound) advice you could offer anyone trying to work their way out of *anything*, and yet it’s not something I see too many bloggers advocate.

Good list.

Holly
Holly
11 years ago

Good luck, J.D.! Maybe you could make the best of your “stuff” situation and request an invite to sell at the neighborhood sale…less appealing to buy others’ things if you’re focusing on selling your own.

Nathan
Nathan
11 years ago

J.D. Save your money buy a Rick Steves book and plan your own trip. My wife and I are only in our 20’s and we have been on 3 trips planned using his books. You will save half your trip costs by planning it yourself and booking the rooms, train ect.

Bob
Bob
11 years ago

I have been trying to purge for a year. I give to Purple Heart what I can. Recycled only textbooks. Then get throw out the rest.

After 16 years in the house with two kids, we seem to run out of room in a hurry.

the weakonomist
the weakonomist
11 years ago

I had a similar enounter this weekend while registering for my wedding. We were advised to register for xxx number of items. We are able to register for less than 1/3 of that. The thought of even getting everything we actually did register for made me sick because it’s just a bunch of STUFF. I’m not a minimalist, but I don’t want to own a bunch of crap I know I’ll never used.

Emily
Emily
11 years ago

I know what you mean about needing to turn off “the emotional side” of your brain. Sometimes when I am purging items that have a little sentimental value, but that I clearly don’t NEED, I create digital copies of them. If it’s a three-dimensional item, I take a photo. If it’s a photograph or a piece of paper, I scan the item. Somehow it makes me feel better to know that I can look at a picture of [whatever], even if I no longer own it. Of course, with this strategy you do have to guard against accumulating unnecessary digital… Read more »

KC
KC
11 years ago

I’ve had two big moves in my life. Both times I thought “Why do I have so much stuff?” Funny thing is that in both moves the professional movers said that this was a small move and very easy – guess I don’t have as much stuff as others?! But recently we’ve been cleaning out my 90 year old grandmother’s house – she passed away about a month ago. She lived in a 1400 sq ft house (big by 1950s standards). I never thought of her as having much stuff. She was a child of the depression and just bought… Read more »

Lindsay
Lindsay
11 years ago

Oh no! Good luck!

I feel much better about my Stuff problem after reading about how bad yours is. lol

Cosby
Cosby
11 years ago

J.D. First comment on your site but read it for quite a while. Love it. Anyway, thinking of some of your stuff, like the yearbooks, cassette tapes, etc. I know it’s clutter and I have had the same battle with old VHS tapes. But instead of throwing them and losing the content and more importantly the memories, have you thought about digitising as much as you can? For instance I have sure I have PDF’s of manuals for things I have and throw the paper copies. CD’s? Converted to MP3. VHS Tapes? Converted to divx files and the media thrown… Read more »

EscapeVelocity
EscapeVelocity
11 years ago

Yesterday I went on a homes tour, and then came back to my own place. Ick. And that’s the house–the shed’s worse.

JC
JC
11 years ago

Quick computer tip to help battle your nostalgia:

Get rid of the Apple II. If you ever get the urge to play one of those games again (it’s always Oregon Trail with me), hit up http://www.virtualapple.org/. It’s an emulator — software that you run on your modern computer that emulates an Apple II.

As a matter of fact, most any older computing platform you can think of has emulation software today. From Commodore 64 to Nintendo 64 and everything in between.

karen
karen
11 years ago

I agree. Don’t get sucked in to a “tour” of europe. You can do it yourself very easily.

I have been to 27 countries on vacation and the only place I had a little trouble finding some one who spoke eglish was Poland. Everyone speaks English and it is easy for you to pick up a few phases in the native language to help you along.

Do it yourself. get a Fodors book, search the web.

You’ll likely save thousands. PLUS personally you are too young for a Rick Steves Tour.

ABCs of Investing
ABCs of Investing
11 years ago

This voice recorder cost $59. I thought it would keep me from forgetting things, but I never remembered to use it.

That’s pretty funny. I guess having more storage room can mean more junk – time for some major purging! Should make for a few good posts.

You should consider hiring a student to help go through it all and listing it on ebay/yard sales etc.

Kate F.
Kate F.
11 years ago

One more suggestion for possible donation – don’t forget universities, schools and libraries. With lots of funding cuts, a lot of these institutions can’t afford new materials. A lot of libraries have graphic novel or comic book collections, specialized hobby collections, etc. Schools might have theater departments that can use clothing for costumes or tools for stage crews. Caveat – please don’t send them anything that’s in poor condition, has mold or bug issues or is totally outdated. As a librarian who has seen her share of gifts that are unusable – if you’d be grossed out to borrow it,… Read more »

Karen
Karen
11 years ago

LOL, such a true post!

But I can’t believe I’m the only person who spotted this: maybe you should “just say no” to attending that garage sale?

It’s hard to imagine you finding anything there but more “stuff” (ie junk). Random shopping without a specific goal is a sure way to purchase things you don’t need or want.

Beth
Beth
11 years ago

I really enjoyed this post, and I hope it will motivate others to follow suit. I especially like your point about “do some good”.

It seems that PF blogs are always telling people to sell their unwanted stuff, so this is a refreshing change. I think it’s important to share things with others. For the past couple of years, the “will someone get more use out of this than I will” question has been my yard stick for getting rid of something. The answer is almost always yes, so the item goes out into the world to do some good.

mary b
mary b
11 years ago

Ditto to what Kate F. said about donating to schools or universities….especially the darkroom equipment!
When my DH dismantled his darkroom to go digital he donated a lot of equipment & supplies to schools, who were very appreciative.

Good luck in your decluttering! It is a tough task.

Jeff Carroll
Jeff Carroll
11 years ago

My wife and I are traveling Italy in 2.5 weeks, and we’re using European Destinations for our bookings. It’s not as cheap as booking it yourself, but it is very close, and it does relieve some of the stress. I’ve become a evangelist of the one-bag travel method, also. onebag.org is an excellent source of packing advice. There’s a few tricks that I’ve used to save money or space while packing light. You likely know about these ideas, but for those that are new to this: 1) Eagle Creek packing folders and cubes. I have some of the smaller ones,… Read more »

DeborahM
DeborahM
11 years ago

The Dark Side of the Buy Stuff equation: it sure boosts the economy when people burn through their money on Stuff. The economy doesn’t care that most of that Stuff could really be spelled J-U-N-K.
Scary when you think of it.

But you’re onto something – the Stuff-Fest has to end. Way to go. Excellent post!

KF
KF
11 years ago

Make the purging easy on yourself, don’t make it into a complicated project that will drag over months. Send an email to freecycle announcing everything that’s in the workshop and have people come cart it all away for you. I’m constantly amazed that people will take things I consider to the junk or garbage (plus it sounds like you have some good stuff in there). Just get rid of it fast and efficiently. No need to sort forever or try to find a specific home for each castoff.

AD
AD
11 years ago

“I agree. Don’t get sucked in to a ‘tour’ of europe. You can do it yourself very easily.” “You’ll likely save thousands. PLUS personally you are too young for a Rick Steves Tour.” Couldn’t disagree more. I went on a Rick Steves tour, and if you’ve read about them or actually went on one, you’d realize it is not like most other tours where you stay in a little bubble. I do plan to do my next trip on my own, but only for the challenge. I can’t recommend RS enough. There are a lot of travel expensives, museum passes,… Read more »

Peggy
Peggy
11 years ago

I’m all alone in a family of 8: I’m the only ruthless tosser, and everyone else is a keeper. It would matter so much less if we had a house large enough for all of us, but as it is, we have three girls sharing one room. The junk turns it into a fire hazard in a hurry. Telling the aspiring artist that she can’t keep every masterpiece is like asking a Mom to throw out a baby. We have to park outside because our garage is jammed with the “stuff” of 7. Me? I’ve thrown out things I regret… Read more »

Betsy Wuebker
Betsy Wuebker
11 years ago

I think lots of folks spend their lives as you have. The first part of adulthood is spent accumulating Stuff – some by necessity (kids require a lot of Stuff to raise them, it seems) and lots by desire. The second part is spent accumulating Experiences – hence your desire to take the Steves tour. (I echo the commenter who says you’re too young to do that, and would encourage you to explore other options – if you need help with that, email me for awesome options). It’s nice to have nice Stuff that makes a comfortable life. But conjuring… Read more »

Sandy E.
Sandy E.
11 years ago

If you go to discoverorganization.com you can sign up for their free 5-part mini course on how to have a more organized clutter free life, and a well-organized home you can be proud of. Their advice is simple, straightforward and motivating. I recently purged my entire house and garage of superfluous stuff, thanks to their free tips and insight. (You do not need to buy the book they feature; I didn’t). There is a new website called DiscoverAmerica.com for those wishing to get away for a budget vacation this summer. They have an activity finder that lists more than 3,000… Read more »

Denise L
Denise L
11 years ago

Hi! This is my first post on GRS…keep up the great work! I’ve found that my stuff collecting is directly related to the amount of space I have in my house. I got married 2 years ago and had to consolidate my stuff with my husband’s stuff (plus all the new stuff). There’s nothing like feeling smothered by stuff to get rid of everything you don’t need! The more space I had, it seemed, the more I needed stuff to spread out and fill the physical void. The smaller space has been good for us, as purging was necessary. Your… Read more »

Barb1954
Barb1954
11 years ago

My husband cleaned out the basement last weekend. A few bags of stuff went in the garbage. This Saturday was one of two monthly dates that our Dept of Public Works had its compactor open. (We call it “the dump.” We had cleaned out the garage and taken junk from there to the dump at the beginning of June.) So this weekend, we put the backseats of my Honda Civic down again and took two carloads of other junk to the dump — broken chairs and old wooden sawhorses, old pipes, etc. I had a 10-speed bike that I bought… Read more »

partgypsy
partgypsy
11 years ago

I agree with those who said don’t go overboard in purging yourself of items that you may regret later getting rid of. I’m not going to comment on the computer and other stuff, but my mother couldn’t keep up with all the artwork and writing us kids did when we were younger so threw it out “mislaid” it. Sure most of the stuff I didn’t care about but there was a folder of stories I wrote (and some illustrated) when I was young that I would love to have now. So, don’t throw out your yearbooks.

Kenney
Kenney
11 years ago

It’s funny how focusing on eliminating debt makes so many of us also want to eliminate clutter. I really had no idea that clutter and debt/finance issue were so closely related.

I absolutely abhor clutter now, and my goal is to live in a very minimalist state. Only having the things I need and love, nothing else. I don’t want to live in a sequence of empty rooms, but I also don’t want them completely overdone and stuffed. Ultimately, I would like to have just the right amount of possessions so that I can appreciate them all.

Todd @ The Personal Finance Playbook
Todd @ The Personal Finance Playbook
11 years ago

Of the two of us, my wife is the minimalist. I am pretty frugal too, and between the two of us we almost never buy anything. I have to force her to buy clothes for herself when she needs them – and then she’ll only buy them from Goodwill.

I have been coveting several gadgets lately though. This post came at a good time to remind me that I don’t need most of the things I want. Thanks.

Tyler@Frugally Green
11 years ago

“Don’t buy things for which you have no use; the value is in the using, not the having.”

So true, yet sometimes so hard to see when you’re in the moment.

Do you have a plan for your space once it’s been liberated?

As for traveling, my girlfriend and I did Europe for 2 months last year with nothing more than small day packs. It was totally worth it not having to lug tons of stuff around with you. Very freeing knowing that you can go anywhere you want and take everything you have with you.

Jessica the hedgehog
Jessica the hedgehog
11 years ago

My fiance Tim and I realized the same thing about “stuff” and travel…though for us it happened in reverse. When we went on our round-the-world trip, we only took 1 small carry-on bag each (and 1 tiny tiny almost purse-like bag each). Our goal was to never have to check anything during our 18 months of traveling. It was incredibly, incredibly freeing to have so few things with us, to not have to deal with checked baggage, and to be able to walk easily with our light bags. On the road, we’d accumulate things – books, DVDs, an extra pair… Read more »

Moneyblogga
Moneyblogga
11 years ago

I thought I was a light traveler until I had to move house. What an eye opener. It took me a month to sort, pack, throw out, garage sale and finally donate. I have vowed to not fill my life with clutter again and so far I’m doing well.

Angie
Angie
11 years ago

Long-time regular GRS reader here. I’m 31, my husband is 32. We’ve been on two Rick Steves’ trips — once when we were 25 & 26, once when we were 29 & 30. Both trips were AWESOME and WAAAY better than what we could have done on our own, despite having already had a good amount of independent travel experience. If you go in the summer, you’ll have plenty of other young people with you. I’d rank the money we spent on those two trips as easily among the best money we’ve ever spent. Rick Steves has a contest every… Read more »

Katrina
Katrina
11 years ago

One of the hardest things about collecting is that once you start, it’s never enough — you’re always on to nicer, cleaner, newer Stuff, whether it’s towels or toe nail polish. Thanks for the reminder. Worry about having stuff (rather than using) is a headache.

Jessica the hedgehog
Jessica the hedgehog
11 years ago

Regarding the Rick Steves tour…I say travel however it makes you feel most comfortable. As some folks have already mentioned, you would save money by doing it yourself. BUT if this approach feels right to you both, then go for it. I’m all for encouraging folks to travel in the way that feels best for them! 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more about traveling with only one bag! Most people will fill whatever space is available to them. So if you want a manageable carry-on bag, just stick to that size. A few days before you leave, pack your bag… Read more »

Lily
Lily
11 years ago

I’m all for purging ruthlessly and it’s highly satisfying in the end. But, after throwing/giving away so much stuff, I think one can keep a few “emotional” items. They have to be only a few and be chosen because they feel special for you. i’ve read again and again the advice about taking a picture of the objects you throw away, but doesn’t mean much to me: it’s just a photo. An object is a keepsake because you can touch it, because it has the signs of time on it. It’s strange to think it was there 20 years ago… Read more »

ladykemma2
ladykemma2
11 years ago

in my neighborhood, if you don’t want something, you put it on the curb, usually gone within the hour.

i need recycling/donations to be as easy as possible. ebaying the stuff or taking it to a donation center is too much work on my current schedule.

as a reformed hoarder/packrat, my need for minimalist space outweighs my need to find out how much it is worth and then take the time and effort to sell it. let it be gone.

Liz
Liz
11 years ago

This really hits home. I am just now beginning to realize what J.D. has known for some time: buying stuff you aren’t really going to use is just borrowing against future depression and self-disgust. It’s so easy for me to see how many hundreds or thousands of dollars of crap I have lying around that could be funding a 20% downpayment on a house that I can’t afford now. And just taking up space until I decide to do something with it.

brooklynchick
brooklynchick
11 years ago

Agree with post above – please save yourself heartache and don’t bother going to the yard sale! Do you have a list of things you *need* that might be there? if not, skip it. Re: purging, I suggest taking several whacks at it. I go through a box, can’t part with some of it, then re-visit in a few months. Usually by then I know it can GO. Also, set time limits. I never clean/purge for longer than two hours. If I do I get burnt out and then don’t want to do it again! But if I set aside… Read more »

brooklynchick
brooklynchick
11 years ago

PS I learned all this from my home organizer!

http://www.nycclutterbusters.com/Site/Home.html

Best money I ever spent – I NEVER would have tackled it without Gabriel.

Seth
Seth
11 years ago

You have a very Buddhist way of thought in this post. The source of suffering is our attachment to physical things and you are right that you will certainly feel better when you get rid of everything. It gives you a sense of freedom when you don’t own many things.

My wife and I are in a similar situation, and we have only lived in our home for four years. I completely cleaned out the garage and I can now walk into it and breath a sigh of relief!

Best of luck and excellent post

Jessica
Jessica
11 years ago

I’ve been trying to tackle the clutter in my own home and I’ve gone through many of the same emotions… Mostly I’ve been angry at myself for buying so much crap, or depressed to see all the Stuff I thought would make me happy but didn’t. And on top of that, there just seems to be so much of it! The job has been feeling quite overwhelming so I really appreciate the tips. I’m motivated to get back home and to start sorting through my junk.

yardsalequeen
yardsalequeen
11 years ago

I need the directions for the enormous neighborhood garage sale please. Just kidding. Sort of.

David C
David C
11 years ago

I was a bit of a collector prior to my marriage. A great deal of my disposable income went to various and sundry collections that rapidly filled my shed as well as two bedrooms of my house. My wife is a purger and she has finally rubbed off on me. In the first round the contents of the shed and one room were given away to family, donated to charities or sold on eBay, which was new and exciting at the time. I am still working on getting rid of a few other things to make the house seem less… Read more »

Alex
Alex
11 years ago

The older I get and the more living space I acquire I feel the urge to get more stuff. I think decorative stuff could be one of worst ways to accumulate things I’m going to throw away in the future. I suppose so long as it’s actually going to use and not shoved away in boxes then I’m not too far off track.

Sarah
Sarah
11 years ago

When I am getting rid of stuff and my emotional side starts to intervene, I have a simple solution: Keep the emotional memory and ditch the physical thing. I write down everything I remember about the item, the reasons why I’ve kept it around so long, the memories, etc. Then I take a picture of it. All that goes in a digital “Memories” file on my computer. Which takes up very, very little space. Whenever I put something in that file, I wind up looking through the other items. And I always have the same thought: “Wow, I remember that!… Read more »

Caitlin
Caitlin
11 years ago

Ah, the subject I understand all too well: clutter! Thank you, J.D. for posting this. Those of us who also have clutter problems can certainly appreciate what you’re going through. Getting rid of all that Stuff can be hard at times, and I certainly find myself tallying the cost in my head when I try to get rid of items. “But this cost me $100, it would be a waste if I get rid of it!“. Believe me, it’s more of a waste to have it sit around in your house and not be used. As you said, you can’t… Read more »

ASW
ASW
11 years ago

I agree with this completely! Being in the military and moving 7 times in 7 years allows me to do a purge quite frequently, but I’m still overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have. I dont consider myself a gross consumer, but it just all piles up somehow and I cant help thinking that the environment or my wallet are somewhat hurt by the accumulation of useless things.

KS
KS
11 years ago

I think a lot of the clutter in our lives (not all, but some) is because of who we once were. I used to love to rollerblade and did it often. I’ve moved somewhere where I can’t do it as readily and haven’t pulled them out in 5 years, but can’t bring myself to give them up. But…it’s ok. For now. I do disagree with the person who said “Don’t buy anything you won’t use at least once a week.” I just spent 2 hours this morning cleaning out the basement after (yet another) Flood of the Century with the… Read more »

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