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  1. I am an organized pack rat. My stuff and clutter doesn’t bother me..it’s organized. But walking into my husbands office of garage…ugh. I start to sort his stuff and drive him crazy until he kicks me out.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carol, I think its in our DNA. I do find people comfortable with clutter more easy-going. Oh well, we are who we are.

  2. Judi Back

    What an insightful and well arranged piece depicting how perspective is often misunderstood. I can totally relate to you, Laurie, ~~I must have order to function and cannot live in a mess~~

    I recall once having to go through and donate a former family members clothing because leisure suits were long gone as well as the need to hold onto every college sweat shirt and an array of hats~~

    While watching a home video he noticed a shirt that was long gone and instead of relating that it had been donated due to the facts he even kept duplicates~~I simply looked out the window and began dusting as he continued to obsess about a shirt which no longer fit and was obsolete~~

    I so enjoy your writing~~I am not a pack rat~~and if anything must control my urges to rearrange magazines while waiting for appointments and also straightening pictures as I notice tiny pieces of lint on a carpet~~lol

    • Laurie Stone

      Judi, I’m relieved I’m not the only purger out there. Isn’t that funny, how someone wants to keep a shirt that no longer fits? Let’s face it, we’ll never understand.

  3. I fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t get obsessive about trash cans and a few piles, but I don’t want them to become permanent fixtures. In other words, I can tolerate some mess up to a point…and then I snap and things have to get cleaned up. Not sure what you’d call that.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, In reality, that’s probably more where I fall. If left to my own devices, I’m very neat, but its impossible living with my husband and son. I’ve learned the art of “selective seeing.”

  4. I am a thrower outer but also eh a little messy too. My husband is a packrat and I am trying hard to not throw things out ha. I actually don’t feel sentimental about material things maybe because I’m used to change, Great post

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks, Heidi. I also love to throw things out/donate them. I have attachment to few objects, unlike my sentimental husband.

  5. Ann Donnelly

    Uh oh…….Guess who’s coming to my house? Laurie you’re not allowed in my office. 😱🙃🤔🤣

  6. I tell my husband that when he dies, there will only be a little trail big enough to squeeze through to get to his body which will be lying on one side of the bed because the other side is full of junk! Can you guess if I am a packrat or a purger? 😉

  7. I love to organize, but I’m not always as diligent as I should be, but I’m trying to soak up all that life-changing magic of tidying up, so I’m a comfort-loving unchilled pack-cat who wants to be an uptight purger! lol 😉
    This is fun, thanks. I hope this weekend is treating you kindly, Laurie. Thanks for dropping by my blog party, feel free to come back again and again, share the wonder of you. 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Donna, Loved your blog party! As I wrote, your site is always a beacon of fun and lightness in this sometimes dark world.

  8. i really am a hybrid. I have certain things that MUST be organized a certain way and others that I have learned to let go. I am a sentimental saver up to a point. Some things that drive me nuts are weird. I can’t stand to see newspapers on the floor or counter or junk mail on the counter–I could probably overlook the dead body on the floor, but would gather the newspapers. I also can’t STAND to see stray change on the kitchen counter or island. You can put it on your dresser and I’ll let it slide, but if you want to send me into orbit, leave a couple coins sitting on the bathroom counter. OMG, these are NOT pay toilets, why would you put your change there????.

    • Laurie Stone

      Lee, Sounds like we’re more alike than different. I agree, coins on a bureau make sense, but on a bathroom counter? I also go crazy over piles of things. My husband could walk over them every day. Sigh.

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