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Not that this is news.

moonpuppy61 prompted me to examine some of my odd habits about not losing/wasting certain items; to wit:

  • I rabidly keep pens until they actually run out of ink (this is a problem as I also like to collect pens); ditto Post-It pads, boxes of paper clips and staples,
  • I drain the last quarter inch of shampoo into the next shampoo bottle so as not to waste it
  • When the soap gets down to a sliver I weld it to the next bar
  • I count pins in my sewing and never let any escape (this is in part because I don't wear shoes around the house)
  • I've been saving fabric remnants for years in the hopes that one day I'll be able to make a patchwork tunic for Pennsic
  • I like to have 2 of everything - one to use, and one to have on hand for when the one I'm using runs out; this goes for office supplies, most things in the pantry and fridge, etc.
  • I have been known to melt the wax in a candle and either put in a new wick to use up all the remaining wax, or pour it into another candle to create some MUTANT FRANKENSTEIN CANDLE
  • I keep cheap, crappy $5 sunglasses until they literally snap in half from wear and tear (this is one thing I wish I *could* lose, as I've been wanting to invest in a quality pair for a while now since I know I wouldn't lose them)

    These and many other quirks explain my packrattedness. Not unrelatedly, it also explains at least one reason why Q hates me so.

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paladin_of_gaia
Jul. 14th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I like to have 2 of everything - one to use, and one to have on hand for when the one I'm using runs out; this goes for office supplies, most things in the pantry and fridge, etc.

I do this too. It drives its_just_me crazy.
doniago
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way, but to a lesser extent.

Basically - "Always have a backup."
sftyson
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
ok...i admit. i do a few of those things. but i'm not that fully anal :)
robearal
Jul. 14th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I, too, keep pens until they are drained dry.
You open a new bottle of shampoo before that last quarter-inch is used? Shame on you! I even resist opening a new tube of toothpaste before the last bit of paste is laboriously squeezed out.

Only one in reserve? My husband starts buying pantry replacements when we get down to that one in reserve.
mr_funny_man
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I definitely do all these, excepting the sewing, as I don't sew other than to mend pants and whatnot.

If the OfficeMax down the street, two things would happen:
1) I would buy half of their merchandise.
2) I could go into business with what I already have (exaggerating, but not by as much as I wish I was).
sacredmime
Jul. 15th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know you were Filipino. ;)
esprix
Jul. 15th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
And yet, HE gets mad at ME for this behavior?
bearassed
Jul. 15th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
"I've been saving fabric remnants for years in the hopes that one day I'll be able to make a patchwork tunic for Pennsic" I remember several years years years ago a woman came to the Bluefeather ball in a patchwork dress saying she was from some Convent of Sister Rita Morana or something like that
esprix
Jul. 15th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Tiny little woman? I know her. Apparently she thinks I'm drooling over that garb (all I remember telling her was that I liked it and was thinking of doing something similar), and she apparently is drooling over an old light blue and white parti-colored tunic I made EONS ago. EVERY YEAR she comments on wanting to trade garb. She's sweet, but the joke is long dead. :)
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wasabi
Jul. 15th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Ok, you're scaring me. Aside from the pins, the candles and the cheap sunglasses (which I don't wear), I do all those things. The fabric remnant thing particularly, although I have actually made quilts in the past. Which doesn't excuse the fact that I have enough fabric remnants for about 100 quilts and I haven't touched a sewing machine in months.

which is starting to depress me and I'm going to shut up now
frozenbroken
Jul. 15th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
honestly, i don't find you weird for doing any of those things. in my opinion, they're actually good habits. you're just being practical and thrifty. and you help save the environment. give him a break, Q. ;)
frozenbroken
Jul. 15th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
here are something i do myself:
i always take home the catsup packets from mcdonald's and other fastfoods, so i can use them when needed. same with tissues/napkins. that way, nothing is wasted.
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suba_al_hadid
Jul. 15th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
I agree with those who say you're not weird you're thrifty. I was taught this same thrift by my mother, who learned it from her mother, who learned it during the depression.

esprix
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Packrattedness isn't always a bonus, but there are times when it comes in handy. :) Now if only this house had more storage space... ;)
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pinkvinylangel
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
wow....last life you must've lived through the Great Depression...handy skills nowadays. ^_~
esprix
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely a hoarder and packrat, although I do get into moods where I feel like purging. Every time I need something, though, and I find it buried in my junk, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. :D
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stellatangdele
Jul. 16th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Shampoo bottles
What? You don't take the cap off and run your pinky finger around the inside of the bottle and the inside of the cap to get the last remaining drops of shampoo or conditioner, then fill the bottle with water, shake it up and down and pour it over your head when you are in the shower? :)
esprix
Jul. 16th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Shampoo bottles
Hee! Well, I let it sit overnight upside down to drain into the next bottle - does that count? ;)
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stellatangdele
Jul. 16th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Shampoo bottles
I guess I do it because of the nightly bedtime stories my dad used to tell me about his boyhood during the Great Depression.
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