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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.

    • Laurie Stone

      Megan, I can’t decide if we’d be better off if both of us were pack rats. I know Randy would be happier not having a wife nagging him about cleaning his office!

  9. I am so in between here. I don’t know I would even notice a picture with cockeyed little and straighten it. But I can’t stand clutter and probably purge to quickly and look back and think: crap I loved that ______!!! and now it’s gone

    • Laurie Stone

      So funny, Carla. Once its gone for me, its gone. I never look back. In fact, I feel another purge coming soon… (diabolical laugh).

  10. My husband and I are both neat freaks – our house is never messy because neither of us could stand it. We don’t have piles of anything and there is a place for everything and everything in its place. It just makes sense to us to live in an orderly environment – it weirds our messy friends out when they come to visit (I think they look for our stash of junk – to no avail!)

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, I’m gnashing my teeth in envy. You’re lucky to be both in sync. Like you, I love a neat house. I can’t work or live in clutter.

  11. For me, my chaos always seems to be “organized”, so I have no problem there. I am not uptight about other peoples “chaos” either, to each his own….UNLESS I have to live with it. 🙂 If the kids room is a mess, they have GOT to clean it up!

    • Laurie Stone

      Darlene, I’m not sure how my son lives in his room, which has clothes everywhere. As long as there’s a door, I figure its his business. I can’t listen to myself anymore.

  12. I can not stand a clutter or messy room. It makes me anxious. Yes my husband is confined to keep his clutter in the garage, the sheds and the junk yard, formally a side yard. We are like the Sharks and the Jets!

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, Glad I’m not the only neat-nik in this world. Sounds you and your husband have the same kind of understanding.

  13. So while I like everything to look neat and tidy..I also like it to look lived it…and boy does mine look lived in…I don’t have the energy to keep up with it all anymore…and just where does it all come from…it somehow multiplies all by itself.

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, It does take countless energy to keep up with housework. Sometimes I pretend I don’t see the mess, but it catches up with me eventually and I have to clean.

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, I find we have a constant moving conveyer belt in our home. My husband brings things in the front door. I unload them through the back door.

  14. Gaaahh…somewhere in between. I’m not a good housekeeper and cleaning is the first thing that goes by the wayside when things get crazy at work, but when the mess gets to a certain point it bothers the heck out of me – I was brought up in a household where the home had to be spotless for guests and it’s not so much that I mind the clutter for myself as that I hate imagining a friend dropping by and seeing my mess. It’s bad right now, I’m absolutely dying for a staycation to catch up with myself. I do sometimes think about splurging on one of these people who specialize in helping people organize their homes but even just getting one big bookcase would help (a lot of the clutter is little piles of books that collect like snowdrifts in the corners).

    • Laurie Stone

      Bonnie, Its easy for messes to pile up when you’re busy. It happens to me all the time. Plus, housework can be boring. I find cupboards with doors to put things in helps a lot. The mess is there, but not visible.

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