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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 5th Jul 18, 5:09 PM
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    Are you SABLE?
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    • 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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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 7th Jul 18, 8:02 PM
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    vulpix
    chic pea amnesia
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 7th Jul 18, 8:07 PM
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    GreyQueen
    chic pea amnesia
    Originally posted by vulpix
    It applies to other pulses, too.


    I was once re-arranging Mum's food cupboard and asked her why she had sixty-two cans of baked beans? She flatly denied it until I counted them in front of her.


    We worked it out in the end; they were ones yoked in fours. Mum's mental soundtrack went; baked beans, we eat those, must buy a pack.


    Which was done weekly in a household which eats perhaps one can a month, so they quickly built into a mountain.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 8th Jul 18, 4:46 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    T-shirts - probably enough for a month & most of them are probably 10 to 25 years old

    Fridge magnets - my go to souvenir - around 100 & currently packed in a box as the fridge freezer has a cupboard door

    Photographs - thousands of them in boxes - a rainy month project

    Christmas cards - enough for at least six years - hopefully NOT SABLE

    I am in the midst of decluttering (which has slowed down due to the heat ) so have yet to discover if I have any more stashes

    MrsSD
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 8th Jul 18, 6:40 PM
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    Craft stash without a doubt, haven't crafted in over a year but with slowly decorating the house, hopefully the living room will become more practical so I can get crafting again.

    Then there is my bear collection but I have started to go thru these and duplicates are now slowly getting sent to charity.

    Like Mrs SD I am very slowly decluttering so have yet to find anything else.

    I have been quite firm with myself in parting with stuff the last few months. After decorating the spare bedroom grey will I ever need a single purple duvet cover again when I have DDs slightly quirky single grey quilt covers from uni as spares for the bed and I'm not going to put purple in with grey...... so that set went to the charity shop for someone else to get the benefit of.

    Also as I am big on buying presents throughout the year or when I see a bargain that will be brilliant for someone but I tend to go overboard. So present bits that haven't been used for a few years have now been parcelled up and sent to charity and I've put some in some charity Christmas gift boxes. I've now reduced stuff down to probably keep me going for another 2 Christmases I embarrassed to say. I am now keeping a Christmas and birthday book to log everything down-not only the savings I'm making but to know exactly what I've got so that it doesn't overtake me and the house again!!
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 8th Jul 18, 10:16 PM
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    Softstuff
    I spoke too soon about the crockery... broke a plate last night
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 8th Jul 18, 10:39 PM
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    Allotment clothes because I used to work in a Nursery

    Gardening Books. I like to say I have read all of my book and only buy special ones which turn up. I have read maybe 30% of the ones I own.

    Baking trays because I prefer gardening (see above) to cooking.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Jul 18, 8:11 AM
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    kondo, has stopped me going sable with anything new, a case in point being the presents that I used to accumulate. I gave them all away to cs and now give everyone a cash present, which tbh is what they all like, not a lot of cash but enough for a self-bought present


    HK I also have a special bear collection, really nice bears. I actually opened the boxes last weekend and each child chose one. I will not be adding to them, so that sable collection is very stable, until I manage to let go of some more, I am trying but the bears don`t want to leave
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 9th Jul 18, 11:09 AM
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    Siebrie
    - Pillows
    - Duvets
    - Duvet covers
    (we occasionally have a multitude of unexpected guests, for instance after a party or when people need to catch an early plane (we live close to the airport) ....)


    - Soap
    - Cotton handkerchiefs
    - Body lotion (only my husband uses it, I hate the stuff)
    - Hair products for curly hair (I tried out several products for my hair, then did the same for dds' hair. Result: all 3 of us use a different product I am working my way through the non-preferred products every other time after washing my hair).
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 739.99 = £ 656.90
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 9th Jul 18, 6:18 PM
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    Hello
    Hope you don't mind me joining in too.


    Craft stuff for card making and scrap booking.
    Tops for funerals...... we had a run on funerals all in the same family, so I bought a cheap top for each one.

    Books.... all sorts. I have a Kin*le too, but I don't think it's the same as paper books.
    DVD's too many to count.

    Vinyl records, singles and albums........... about 8,000 . Gave up counting.

    Kitchenalia........ from 3 generations.

    Old sheets ( about 20 ) to be used for dust sheets or rags.
    Think that's enough to start with. I'm not going to count the stuff, electrical, computing etc kept " just in case " by DH
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 10th Jul 18, 1:35 PM
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    Siebrie
    Ironing.....

    Computer cables
    Computer Screens
    Socks (but I don't mind, as they will be worn to religious standards, and I will need a few pairs until the very last minute )
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 739.99 = £ 656.90
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • Witless
    • By Witless 10th Jul 18, 4:49 PM
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    My initial answer was a resounding 'NO' but then I realised it was SABLE not STABLE.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 10th Jul 18, 4:53 PM
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    GreyQueen
    My initial answer was a resounding 'NO' but then I realised it was SABLE not STABLE.
    Originally posted by Witless
    A miss is as good as a mile...........
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Blackcatsreturns
    • By Blackcatsreturns 10th Jul 18, 7:46 PM
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    Tea bags! Fruit tea, herbal tea, flavoured green teas, white teas etc etc etc.
    I nearly fell for the marketing trick of Twinings cold brew flavoured sachets for drinking water bottles at nearly £2 for 3 sachets. Then I remembered my tea bag stash and I've been using a fruit tea bag in my drinking water bottle - I start it off brewing with a splash of hot water then add cold. It works well to give a subtle flavour to the water.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Jul 18, 8:52 PM
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    Floss
    Tea bags! Fruit tea, herbal tea, flavoured green teas, white teas etc etc etc.
    I nearly fell for the marketing trick of Twinings cold brew flavoured sachets for drinking water bottles at nearly £2 for 3 sachets. Then I remembered my tea bag stash and I've been using a fruit tea bag in my drinking water bottle - I start it off brewing with a splash of hot water then add cold. It works well to give a subtle flavour to the water.
    Originally posted by Blackcatsreturns
    Gonna pinch this idea - I found a rose gold metal 500ml M&S flask in BHF today BNWT so that can be my tea pot!
    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 10th Jul 18, 9:52 PM
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    I guess the worst is bog standart sewing needles... Not the machine type ones which you end up breaking at some point and need to replace them, but handsewing needles... I have about 200-300... Both my grannies passed their sewing machines on to me with all the bits and bobs and I have no idea why they needed so many needles... I could live to a 100 and not use them all...

    Yarn... This year has been good so far, but last year I bought twice as much yarn as I used up... But I guess it is every knitters secret nightmare to wake up one morning to a world where all yarn shops and departement stores stopped trading...

    Cross stitching stuff. Especially since I gave up stitching to have more time for knitting...

    Fat quarters... I don't intend to quilt... On the few occasions I want to sew something I need bigger fabric pieces... So can't use them...

    Sticky tape - I don't use much, maybe one roll a year, but somehow have 20 lined up..

    A6 notepads - I hate them, I prefere bigger paper for actual writing and for shopping lists etc. the back of an envelope will do, so no idea why I needed 10 of these notepads...

    Oh and someone mentiones scissors... On my last count I had almost 15 (4 general / kitchen scissors, 3 papercraft scissors and at least 6 fabric scissors...)...
    Last edited by RicardaRacoon; 10-07-2018 at 9:55 PM.
    Resolution for 2018"Live better on less" - Less stuff, less waste, less silly spends but more make do and mend and more fun
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 13th Jul 18, 12:10 AM
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    Computer cables
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Me too.

    I have a large box crammed full of computer bits including every conceivable variety of cable, a classic case of 'but they might come in useful one day'
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 13th Jul 18, 4:34 AM
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    Just found this thread and now wishing I had stashes of all of these things after a lifetime of decluttering and minimalism.. ENABLERS!
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 13th Jul 18, 6:00 AM
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    I, for one, feel a whole lot better after reading this thread. I must be approaching normal.

    mar, you can go and boil your head, but not until you've finished eating that elephant you have stashed in your freezer.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 13th Jul 18, 7:01 AM
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    GreyQueen
    Just found this thread and now wishing I had stashes of all of these things after a lifetime of decluttering and minimalism.. ENABLERS!
    Originally posted by mardatha
    I know! I quickly developed stash envy as I coveted various parts of other people's stashes.

    [QUOTE=monnagran;74522743]I, for one, feel a whole lot better after reading this thread. I must be approaching normal.[QUOTE] Approaching isn't good enough, one should be properly normal or very eccentric, there is no middle of the road.


    Well, there is, but you're liable to get run over. Possibly by rampaging elephants.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 13th Jul 18, 9:06 AM
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    Actually there is a middle road. There is the normal that you can put on when surrounded by other normal people and wishing to be inconspicuous. And there is the normal for you, which is possibly not normal at all.

    Not wishing to cast aspidistras or anything, and naming no names but follow the direction of my eyes.
    Last edited by monnagran; 13-07-2018 at 9:10 AM.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
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