As we pack up our things for our move down the road, my wife and I are constantly arguing about what to throw away and what to keep. Of course, I think all her stuff is “stuffed animals and junk”, and all my stuff is “useless gadgets and crap”. I think both terms are accurate!
I call this weird human condition the EATIOs (kinda like Cheerios). It’s short for Emotional Attachment To Inanimate Objects. This is not even restricted to things like cars or houses. There are things in our basement that we have not touched or thought about within the last year, but yet when the other person moves to throw it away or sell it, the other gets this deep visceral reaction to keep it. Some disputed items:
Really old camera film
Empty CD cases
Old computer parts
Old audio/video parts and cables
150 blank CD-Rs
18 miles of extension cords, old phone cords, ethernet cables
25 AC adapters to which I have no idea what they go with
Empty retail boxes in mint condition for things I “might sell later”
My list is basically anything that might have future use, where ‘might’ means simply the possibility is greater than zero. Most also have low or no resale value.
CDs that she never listens to. Artists include N’Sync, Hanson(!), and Madonna.
Stuffed animals that are kept in basement boxes and not even deserving of bookshelf space.
Various trinkets like keychains or flashy pens.
Clothes that haven’t been worn in years.
Jackets that haven’t been worn in years.
<insert clothing type> that haven’t been worn in years.
I think this is good, we can wear each other down, and hopefully give it away or sell it via Craigslist by next weekend.
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 4/15/06, 8:31am