I Am a Pack Rat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 76 People

    I Have a Very Good Reason For This!

    Okay, like a lot of the members of this group, I am a total pack rat, but I have a very good reason for it. When I was growing up, I had 5 brothers; thats right, 5 brothers, three older and two younger. Growing up I had to deal with older brothers who stole and sold the nice...
    GeorgeGlass GeorgeGlass
    31-35, M
    5 Responses Aug 7, 2009

    Pack Rats Of The World, Unite!

    I am a pack rat.  By that I mean that I do not choose to discard items unless I have consciously and deliberately decided to do so.  And I believe that this is no one's decision to make but my own.  I have had people tell me I should hire a professional cleaner...
    jim0404 jim0404
    61-65
    Apr 21, 2010

    I really am trying to break this habit.

    I grew up fairly poor so have no space for anything was normal and throwing anything potentially useful was seen as a waste. You mix this in with a tendency to procrastinate and a poor sense of organization and that's when piles start happening. I'm trying to figure out what...
    Baddayoverdose Baddayoverdose
    26-30, M
    Sep 25, 2015

    Never Knew Till Now

    Jeez, I always save everything. I have these clothes in my closet that I haven't worn in probably 2 or 3 years and my mom has been telling me to clean my closet of all the clothes that I don't wear anymore but whenever I go up and try to clean I always think "Oh, i'll wear...
    stripesANDsunshine stripesANDsunshine
    18-21, F
    Sep 27, 2008

    I Am a True Pack Rat

    I am a true pack rat.  I keep everything.  I even have a stack of newspapers I need to throw away. lol  I hold onto a lot of stuff because to me it has meaning or value.  When my husband and I go to the movies.  I keep the movie stubs.  Books I have...
    rondat rondat
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Dec 16, 2007

    I am a pack rat to which i have been pretty

    much of my life. I have a bad habit of not liking to throw things away but it drives my family up the wall. and one thing i have plenty of it baseball caps,t-shirts,books,and other things. I remember as a kid growing up! I had extensive comic book collection,baseball cards and...
    jon2403 jon2403
    56-60, M
    1 Response May 11, 2014

    I Keep It All

    I have boxes of things that were brought with me when I moved 35 years ago and at least two are still sealed shut. Some think I save too much "stuff," but I do sell some of it, too. Ebay has helped make the piles of things smaller. I am the keeper of many things...
    JoeD JoeD
    56-60, M
    Oct 22, 2007

    On Moving On...

    i save the most random and weirdest ****. i'm in the process of getting myself together for a separation from my domestic other and have been cleaning lately. it's funny because i'll be dammed if i didn't remember what i owned. not like anything is worth much. just like running...
    lostcancerian lostcancerian
    31-35, F
    May 1, 2008

    I Don't Want to Be a Dirty Pack Rat

    A rat is dirty and ugly and agressive. So, I don't want to identify myself as a pack rat, any more. I don't like the image of the rat. Period. That's all it is. I do gather up stuff...I keep clothing mostly, for ridiculous amounts of time. Used Clothing has experiences attached...
    naomimantra naomimantra
    46-50, F
    1 Response Aug 26, 2009

    Moved Home

    I just graduated from college and moved home for the first time in over two years and having all my stuff crammed into my bedroom at home is seriously making me realize how much worthless crap I have that I for some reason refuse to throw away. I might need it someday. Right?
    the4thfury the4thfury
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 11, 2007

    Things To Keep For Tomorrow

    Being a pack rat is awesome, i just keep all the things even if its not really necessary. Just in case because, old things sometimes can be useful by inventing with it or putting other things together. If you keep things for tomorrow, then you're almost prepared with every...
    Pestmeester Pestmeester
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jul 14, 2012

    Pack Rats

    I’m a pack rat and living proof that something about being one must be genetic. My parents would never admit to being pack rats themselves but we all, meaning my entire family and there is five of us, have a knack for keeping worthless junk. In our house we have...
    buffalobaby2016 buffalobaby2016
    26-30, F
    Nov 26, 2010

    I'M come from family of pack rats.

    .thought I watch myself.. throwing and donating stuff away... keep myself in check.. if you seen the show..TLC Hoarders that's my family.. not me..I see that I Got a mess I take fewdays to clean up.. My mess
    acespad45 acespad45
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 3, 2015

    I never really thought of myself

    as a Pack Rat until after my brain injury which resulted in significant memory loss. About the 3rd of March, this year, I had a flood from the upstairs neighbor and it drenched 2 rooms really bad with some leakage in 2 other areas. I had stuff saved from 40 years ago. It use to...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Apr 19, 2014
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