My mother is a notorious pat rack. Not to the extent of there being tunnels between the piles of newspapers, but she has never thrown away a margarine tub until it is cracked, and Ziploc bags get rewashed until they are opaque. She has the instructions for nearly every appliance she has ever bought, and in many cases the original box (they say to keep it, you know!)
So we are preparing for the arrival of a new stove, the old one having bit the dust. Her second stove, by the way, is hooked up in the basement, for canning…she considered keeping this one, too, but it needs repairs. I’m sorting through the clutter in the living room yesterday (because they will have to bring the stove in through the front door) while she is tending to the kitchen. I am watching Oprah, and she has a segment on de-cluttering your home, which my mother stops in to the room and watches. Then she asks for my help in the kitchen.
She’s trying to pull one of the knobs off the stove. Apparently the knob broke a few years ago, and when she went to the local shop (let’s call it Smith’s) to get a replacement, they couldn’t find one to fit. It’s a long, convoluted story, but somehow, somewhere, my mom found a knob and replaced it herself, but she says Smith’s should have known (or ordered one or something) that the knob she found would fit. So she wants to keep her knob. I told her just to let it go, it probably won’t fit the new stove, and by the way, didn’t she listen to one thing the guy on Oprah said?
She says, no, I’m not giving them the knob, because they should have known this one would fit. And then she pulls out the old, broken knob, which she has kept, inside the packaging for the replacement knob, and slips it back on the stove. And puts the replacement knob back in its package.
So not only has she kept the broken knob for, oh, seven freaking years :smack: (and yes, she still has the receipt) but she still has the blister package it came in.
I swear, that knob and a 40-year-old margarine tub are going into the casket with her when she goes. And the opaque Zip-locs.
What piece of trash is your parent holding on to, despite complaining about all the clutter in the house?