Originally Posted by Avenger61
I subscribe to Cowracer's method and it seems to work well. If she hasn't used it in a couple of trips then I sneak it back into the house and hope she doesn't notice. If she does notice, I tell her it was in the way or something and I moved it into the house temporarily. If she insists it needs to go along, then I take the walk of shame and return it to the camper. I have learned that anything in the back of a cabinet or shelf is usually never noticed and if she notices it missing on a camping trip I immediately give an accusing look at my 14 year old son!
I find that if you make HER go get it, the "I gotta have it" factor drops quite a bit.
For those of you who don't live with a pack-rat spouse, you don't understand the special form of hell that it is. I have a oversize 2 car garage. I have my Harley, My riding mower, my sons motorcycle and my tools in it and that's pretty much it. The rest is full of 'stuff'. And I have to move that stuff around if I want to get any of them out. I have a rolling toolbox/workbench because I can't get a car into the garage so I am stuck working on them out in the driveway. My Odes Side-by-side stays at a buddy's house (for now) because there is no room at mine.
It's not that she keeps 'crap' or junk like old newspapers. It's just that she can't bring herself to throw away anything that might have a use later.
I finally put my foot down and we have been slowly going thru the stuff in the garage, donating the good stuff and scrapping the rest, but each and every item that want to get rid of is like fighting a mini-battle. For instance, we had a HUGE argument over a Wagner Smart Roller paint thing that's in the garage (which, incidentally is the finest way to paint a room as I have ever found) that I bought and used 5 years ago when I painted my theater. It cost $25, and has been sitting on the shelf long enough that all the seals are probably dried out and cracked. I told her that if I ever need to paint something, I'll go buy another one. Now imagine a garage full of stuff like that.
Bless her and her frugal heart. She is a practical as a screwdriver, and that served us well when we were young, broke and struggling. But we are neither of those anymore. And I really wish I could use my garage again.