We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We learned an excellent lesson from from clearing out my parents' house.
Attic, basement, storage rooms. We have felt inspired in a strange way by it all, and have begun to work on clearing out our own spaces. Lots of our stuff we have not used in years seems quite desirable and useful to our Mexican immigrant helpers.
The rest of it goes to the dumpster. "Might want it someday" means "never."
yes, should clear out more crud some day, I'm terrible at it myself.
Family trait, we're hoarders. When we cleared out my parents' old place before they moved a decade ago we found their school notes from when they were in primary school...
And they were adamant about not throwing away the study books for my dad's economy course he took in the 1960s.
I've had that experience occasionally, but if you have so many thinamajigs that you don't know you don't need to buy another one (so you do), you might as well just rely on buying the other one. The latter situation probably happens to me more often than the former - but I still end up keeping a large thinamajig collection anyway! :-)
It took me 20 years and several moves to figure out what you said. "I might use it some day mena throw it out." 2 moves ago my ex saw me loading unopened boxes from my shed to the pickup truck express to the landfill." She asked if I was going to look in them to determine whether or not to save them and I responded "No." I haven't unpakced them in 8 years in this house. I surely don't need whatever is in them." Did I throw out some keepsakes? Probably.
I did, however, save the 4 quadrajet carbs I aquired because 1 time I needed one and couldn't find find one.
Also, don't foget that the thingamajig that you "might need someday" sitting in the blistering hot, then freezing cold attic is so dry-rotted decades later when you do need it that you end up buying a new one (with better options anyway).