i'm married to a pack rat and i'm massively anti-clutter. he saves everything and i throw everything away. it's an interesting marriage, but we make it work. recently, i was excited that he started cleaning out the barn -- no nagging, just spontaneous cleaning. woohoo!
a few years ago HomeBase went out of business and had an extreme clearance sale. Hubby bought all sorts of things that he might need some day. I bit my tongue and stacked the stuff at the back of the barn.
our pool pump died this morning. $499 to replace it! ugh! so much for tiling the bathroom this week. Clean pool is more important than replacing the carpet in the bathroom. *le sigh*
Hubby shows up at the house with two (count them, TWO!) pool pumps in thrashed, very dusty boxes. You guess it! He had purchased them for $5 each at the HomeBase clearance sale. AND...one of them fits exactly. AND...it actually works!
and, so while I'm excited to have saved $499, I'm not exactly thrilled to have his pack rat tendencies reinforced. He'll never finish cleaning up the barn now.
i'll choose to file this under a blessing.....but that might change if the barn starts overflowing into other storage areas. *grin*