• a stock or store of money or valued objects, typically one that is secret or carefully guarded
• reserve in the mind for future use
The lady who sold the property to us is a classic hoarder. I was headed in that direction early in my life until my husband lovingly helped me make better choices. Here is my hoarding story if you want to read. On our new property there are 6 little cabins and each of these cute little cabins were STUFFED full of stuff. I mean, you could not even get in them. I can see now the blessing in not keeping everything! It can become someone's burden someday.
My grandmother also saved everything that she might have a use for in the future. When she died, there was loads full of these things that she hated to throw away, things that may be useful. It was the older generation that held tightly to things because they grew up during a time when things were scarce. My grandparents went through the Great Depression. Grandma never threw away socks, she would darn them so that they would be useful. Mending clothing that was worn out, adding patches and making due was a part of her culture.
I see a lot of wisdom in being resourceful. I think it is wise to fix the broken things if you are able, instead of buying new. It is better to have things on hand so you never get short handed when times get tough. People who are survivalist minded, hoard lots of food and other essentials to life. Having bulk food reserves is a good thing. BUT, there is a fine line between having what you will need and just keeping everything.
I always keep that in mind. I may use 20 twisty ties in my lifetime, but I do not need 1000! All the old freezers that lay all over the property would look better in a scrap metal yard in my opinion. Owen gave us a grand idea. We could use one of the old chest freezers to hold feed for the animals because it is rat proof and dry. That is actually a good idea. As long as I do not have to look at it out my kitchen window, and it sits out in the barn, I am fine.
Re-purposing is the new rage. You can go on Pinterest and find thousands of photos of junk that is turned into something useful or even decorative. I have seen old boots used for herb garden planters. Or broken tea cups used for candles. I plan to decorate with old farm tools and other vintage items. It just looks cool.
The previous owner was a very resourceful woman. She hated to get rid of all these items. When I met her for the first time, I could see that it pained her to leave these things behind. Things that could be useful at some point. Only trouble is, the some point may never come and you just store stuff until someone has to get rid of it.
It makes me never want to become a hoarder. I never want to make a big mess or burden for my family. Someday, they will look at all my treasures and think, they are not that special. Maybe they were special to me, but to others, it is just junk. A Bible verse comes to mind on this note...
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
I only want what we can use. And I want my treasures to be in heaven. When we die, we cannot take any of it with us. Naked we come and naked we return. For me, my greatest treasures are are my five beautiful children and my loving husband. They are the only things that I have in my life that are eternal. I am so blessed.