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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 5th Jul 18, 5:09 PM
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    Are you SABLE?
    • #1
    • 5th Jul 18, 5:09 PM
    Are you SABLE? 5th Jul 18 at 5:09 PM
    Whilst whiling away a sleepless night, it occured to me that this might be an amusing idea for a thread. Hopefully, some others will agree and we can have some fun and share some ideas.

    S.A.B.L.E - meaning Stash Acquired Beyond Lifetime Expectancy.

    I think this term was coined over craft materials, but it could apply to lots of different things, I guess.

    I confess to being SABLE for the following;

    1. Sewing threads.
    2. Socks.
    3. Certain kinds of clothes.
    4. Towels.
    5. Bedsheets.

    And borderline SABLE for:

    1. Soap.
    2. Photo albums.
    3. Haberdashery.

    OK, who else wants to join in.................?
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

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    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 6th Jul 18, 2:08 AM
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    Eyeshadow and blush (powder/compact type only)
    Long sleeved tee shirts (but honestly I wear them under my scrubs in winter and that last six months)
    Panties (I now try and take the worst with me on holiday and leave them in the bin, so I don't have dirty ones to wash when I get home)
    Shoes (I wear a uniform and clogs to work)

    My problem is I buy clothes for the life I used to have. I purposely retrained as a nurse so that I wouldn't hae to worry about what to wear to work!

    I also have more china than is possible. I could quite easily host a sit down mean for 45 (but don't have enough knives and forks).

    Oh, tea towels, I'm a collector, lets be honest hoarder of linen souvenir tea towels.

    Cups and saucers.
    • singlestep
    • By singlestep 6th Jul 18, 2:39 AM
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    I have been spending a few days tidying and re-organising and I am absolutely appalled at myself.

    I have a huge surplus of pens in all colours and types. Whiteboard ones, colouring ones, highlighters, and ones I use for handwriting. I do use them often and pass them on when the need arises at work. Even so, I have a big box full at home (and also a sizable stash at work) going well in to the hundreds.

    Ditto notebooks and wallets, folders and organisers. I can't resist pretty ones, could go a few years using them at work. 32 unused notebooks, in various locations at work and home... However, I have started adding them to gifts I buy for friends and family.

    Skincare and cosmetics. I put them away, forget about them and think I need things when I don't. Loads of make up. I hardly ever wear it. I have a bag of deodorant and body wash/moisturiser and other items I am looking to donate all purchased in the last year. I am totally disgusted at what I have thrown out because I can't identify how old it is. I get perfume sets from relatives as gifts, although I have explained I can't spray it. It is the thought that counts but they do usually get repurposed as raffle prizes at work.

    Candles. The scented kind. I do/did love them and couldn't pass by a candle shop without going in but I have stopped. Trouble is that people find me hard to buy for, know that I can't have flowers or chocolate or perfume and often I get them as Christmas/birthday/thank you gifts. I'm also unable to burn certain scented brands. My candle box is overflowing, and that's even with several sets repurposed as gift additions/raffle prizes.

    I am also trying to thin out a large book collection and will have to nip in the bud my more recent scarf habit.
    Last edited by singlestep; 06-07-2018 at 2:42 AM.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 6th Jul 18, 4:31 AM
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    I love pens, paper, notebooks, I!!!8217;d love to find some Basildon Bond onion skin airmail paper, just to remember a good time in the 70s
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 6th Jul 18, 7:49 AM
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    Books ... I have too many books, cookery books in particular. Also, slightly oddly, washi tape - if you are in any way 'craftily' inclined then that is absolutely not a rabbit-hole that you should go down in any way.

    I have too much cleaning stuff, I keep a stash in the garage and whilst it's not huge it does border on being slightly unreasonable given that it's just me and the OH in a fairly small house. I also love to cook Japanese and Asian food so I have a bit of a thing for Japanese tableware, especially pretty bowls and hashioki (chopstick rests), they're just so lovely and I have pairs for all seasons (and then some ...)
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 6th Jul 18, 8:14 AM
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    tessie bear
    love this

    too many things clothes and handbags springs to mind...sports/gymwear coming up on the rails....lots of emergency candles under the sink lived here 10 years and not yet used one any of you blame charity shopping for this ? its so cheap I find myself unable to resist

    great thread
    on the brink...
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 6th Jul 18, 8:29 AM
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    I plan to retire soon so will have more time on my hands. We will be moving house and I'm trying to reduce the amount of carp we have. I've thought about how I will fill some of my time and have thought about taking up crafts of some sorts. I've toyed with the idea recently about buying a cheap sewing machine so I can make some bunting. I can see already from this thread, that this way lies madness......
    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 6th Jul 18, 8:39 AM
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    I got a large frying pan collection.aabout six I think, but each has its own special purpose.
    Saut! pan, good for risotto too
    Large open family frying pan
    Le Creuset griddle pan
    L.C. Plain pan
    Enamelled pan for melting butter...?not much used
    Non stick pancake pan
    Norn Iron Club member 473
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 6th Jul 18, 11:22 AM
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    I can just imagine all the KonMarie practitioners reading this thread and passing out in horror. The countryside is now probably littered with the bodies of appalled dedicated de-clutterers.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 6th Jul 18, 12:21 PM
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    I can just imagine all the KonMarie practitioners reading this thread and passing out in horror. The countryside is now probably littered with the bodies of appalled dedicated de-clutterers.
    Originally posted by monnagran

    The lovely GreyQueen who started this thread is a highly skilled KonMarie practitioner.........
    • buildersdaughter
    • By buildersdaughter 6th Jul 18, 12:21 PM
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    Well, I think that I am SABLE in many things. I am grateful for my mother and grandmother especially, who passed down a lot of things - I use the preserving pan and bean slicer that my grandmother had as wedding gifts (soon they will be 100 years old!)
    When I look round my kitchen especially, I can tell so many stories of the things I own.
    At present, I am crocheting white poppies for November 2018, and I am using my grandmother's crochet hook, recalling her brother who was killed, and the white poppies she and her sisters wore.
    • Litha
    • By Litha 6th Jul 18, 1:36 PM
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    I'm loving this thread, it makes me realise that I'm not alone with my stuffed to the rafters life!
    I just had to pop back to tell Vulpix that one little bit of your post really resonated with me
    'but what if 40 people drop in unexpectedly?' This is me to a T!
    I think I may make a poster with that little phrase
    Linda x
    You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have
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    Elastic useful but I'm sure I'll never need this many.
    • happyandcontented
    • By happyandcontented 6th Jul 18, 3:57 PM
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    Shoes, many unworn but I love the look of them!
    Handbags ditto
    black trousers
    Make up
    Shower Gel
    Dinner services

    How embarrassing!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 6th Jul 18, 4:32 PM
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    without a doubt books, books and even more books
    kitchen gadgets in my cutlery drawer
    A4 plasic sleeves
    paper by the tonne
    CDs (I haven't even got a CD player anymore)
    Far too many cleaners under the sink and god knows how much food cupboard stuff and freezer stuff (but that is an ongoing job as I am eating my way through the cupboards this year along with the freezer )
    Clothes (far too many andat last counts around 45 Tee shirts and tops They will have to go

    I did have a cull of glasses from the cupboard a little while ago I think its time the crockery and plates took a hike as well now,

    Basically far too much junk for one person this has invigourated me into doing something about it

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    2019 January 41.45 in total spent this month Feb 18.90 spent so far
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Jul 18, 4:58 PM
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    The lovely GreyQueen who started this thread is a highly skilled KonMarie practitioner.........
    Originally posted by Slinky
    You saved me the trouble of pointing this out, but I manage to be a SABLEr and a kondoista. I have minimalism as a hobby but I recently had to kondo my copious list of minimalism bookmarks when I changed computers last weekend.

    Hoarding bookmarks to minimalism websites is probably a mortal sin. Or at least a sign that the white coat wagon will be coming around sooner rather than later.

    Isn't there some famous quote about how the ability to hold two completely contradictory ideas in your head at the same time being the sign of a first class mind? Or was that just wishful thinking on my part?

    Glad folks are enjoying the thread, keep 'em coming, please.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Witless
    • By Witless 6th Jul 18, 5:04 PM
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    Don't want to rain on your parade (maybe your lottie, but not your parade) pet but definitely wishful thinking!

    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 6th Jul 18, 5:08 PM
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    I struggle with the idea of SABLE Books - I mean, it's like really good friends - Can you have too many? (Spare me the the lifealtering accident that reveals the right answer, there!)

    Um, reusable shopping and tote bags. Yes. Too many. But the Bags for Life are so charming & affordable & frankly of all acquisitive vices I could be trying to maintain that's downright beneficial. Surely.

    Mugs - yes. Shocking numbers. I give armfuls away each year (my default Christmas present being a nice mug filled with sweets, or exotic teas, or whatever I recall the victim being particularly keen on that I can afford) Yet week in week out, from charity shops, car boots & of course on feast days, still more find me.

    Denby - but the lads have yet to leave home & I mean to send them out equipped to brew properly. They may coax me into parting with plates, bowls etc too - we'll see. (I can hear "Greek Restaurant" behind me...)

    I inherited my grandmother's sewing notions stash - I think we've about run down her supply of pyjama ties (Grandfather had Very Strong Views about the wrongness of elastic around the midriff & even us infant granddaughters Learned) but there's still a few lengths of lace, and velcro & hooks-&-eyes & for various reasons my husband & I keep on getting the good needles and so forth. (Well, You Never Know.)

    Sets of knitting wool enough to knit man-sized sweater that I won't let anyone break into in case someone *does* want to knit a sweater. Not me this decade, but who knows? Besides it's the Good wool & nice shades & matching lot numbers & all.

    Plastic flowerpots - yes, I bought a banana-box-full a few years ago & still have almost all of them, none in the size I was quite thinking of, but all could be of use.

    Stashes I will inherit - oh gods still more books. Rooms filled therewith. Heavenly! just administratively a bit of a handful.

    Letter writing materials - I have quite a few card and envelope sets that help chivvy the sons through thankyou letters, a boxfile of postcards acquired because I liked the picture, let alone the reminders of where we've been, or of the Interesting Things... Then when the supermarket cleared its Basildon Bond airmail stationery I picked up a platoon-load for pennies & then forgot to find a platoon to write to. I've even got the onionskin pad I wrote to my boyfriend of before university to, and some envelopes left. (If ever there was a sign a relationship faltered a bit - that you still have the rest of the notepad of writing paper...)

    Tools - of All sorts and sizes but all in disgustingly good nick. Himself has an eye for a device, and a strong aversion to parting with substantial sums of money, result we spot The Beloved looking a little neglected or missing a bit, & lug it home, do a Bagpuss on it & ta da - only our shop window isn't waiting for the right owner to come along, our shed is just steadily reaching the stage where I do wonder about floor loading a bit.

    Chrstmas decorations - well, we did once have a really big tree & now do several small ones or I do one small one & anyway they all have History - apart from the horde of silver baubles which I "standardised on" over about 5 years.

    himself has a fearsome collection of Pearson pots - the sort that say Celery or Beef Dripping on (if anything), which are stuffed with balsa strips, hacksaws, lollipop sticks, pipecleaners, scalpel handles, tinsnips, rulers, a lesser form of paintbrush and that's just the few I can recognise from over here. They aren't SABLE either - he'll use the *contents* but the pots, perhaps? <whisper it>

    Ah, CDs.Nope, can't have too many of those - they are backing up the info ripped onto memory sticks & portable hard disks & archive DVDs. Does this mean techies are Allowed to Hoard backups?

    I'd love to be SABLE for socks. And bedsheets - the evil toenails do dreadful things to even the loveliest threadcount. (Worse, I suspect the singlebed using offspring of nesting on our kingsize fitted sheets but I may be doing them an injustice. May.) And soap - I thought I had attained a dashed near lifetime supply, but it was eroded & now can I find proper bath-tub sized bars of Imperial Leather? Nope all the tiny sink size that slide under a limb in the rub & are lost to view, until you try to stand at which point whee slip splash thonk "you OK?" etc.
    Tins of tomatoes? In our house? With three ever-hungry teenage lads? It's an aim, but even with Costco selling me slabs of tins we keep running out.
    Husbands. Nope, libel's expensive. Mind, so's manslaughter.
    Scissors - see teenagers. Gods help us.
    Beeswax? I'd love to be. No 2 son keeps his gf's mum firmly on his side with home made beeswax candles.
    Saucepans - even the dented & damaged get used for things. And when I get around to actually spinning & weaving & dyeing fibre, then I'll need my own Definitely Non Food pans.

    I had better stop. If you were thinking of knitting a loved person a sweater, and wanted rid of bath sheets and or lengths of unbleached linen, I'm sure we could negotiate something!

    As for those who believe Marie Kondo and living lives of joyful simplicity - well, it's probably much easier without being married to a research historian, with three active and curious sons.
    However, I have a stash of family & I'm not parting with them willingly! Indeed the right daughters in law will be welcome allies in the presently lopsided battle of the sexes, and so long as the future is raised to be careful as well as curious, there's no reason why grandchildren shouldn't survive to informed & interesting maturity.
    Last edited by DigForVictory; 07-07-2018 at 8:44 AM.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 6th Jul 18, 5:18 PM
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    Ties - which is especially ridiculous as I hate the things and only every wear them for weddings, funerals and job interviews.

    The reason is I don't like white or pastel shirts and the majority of darker coloured ones I like are sold with ties. I own at least 20 which even if I only wore each one once then threw it out would probably keep me going for over 10 years.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 6th Jul 18, 5:34 PM
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    I met a book-loving chap on holiday last month. In a bookshop, as you do. He was about my own (middle) age and confessed to a book stash which, based on reading a book-per-week, equalled a 38 YEAR STASH. And he was still buying more!

    I was awed. Have just counted the soap stash and have 99 bars. Which is about 8 years' worth. Wah, I have not achieved SABLE, must do better. I bought big as these were going from 6 bars for 1 to 5. Then they shrunk each of the 5 bars, so your 1 now gets you 4.5 bars' worth compared to my stash.

    DigforVictory, I feel your pain about the shrunken Imp Leather bars. Mother is bitterly regretting she didn't stock up on them before they disappeared.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 6th Jul 18, 6:43 PM
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    Good lord GQ, if cleanliness is next to Godliness, you may a bit too close to the pearly gates for comfort!
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