Pack Rat or Minimalist?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Rise and shine, it’s running time! :mrgreen:

I went to bed last night thinking about my 5-mile run in the morning. At the time, I didn’t think I would want to get out of bed for it, but when I opened my eyes and saw the sun shining, I threw on my running gear and headed out right out the door. Sometimes not thinking about a workout and just doing it, makes it so much easier to get started.

While waiting for my Garmin to load, I snapped a self-portrait. (Yes, I rocked a Dove deodorant tank top. I’m cool like that! ;-))


I tried to work on my pace on my run this morning. Usually, I go out pretty fast and end up losing steam toward the end. I started at a medium pace and tried to pick up my speed toward the end of the run. Here are my splits:

  • 9:15
  • 9:15
  • 9:14
  • 9:07
  • 8:46

Total: 45:38



After my run, I stretched and showered, and then hit the kitchen to make breakfast. Oatmeal was on my mind this morning, so I made the creamiest bowl of banana oats.


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned outs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Ground flaxseed meal
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 2 scoops of Barney Butter


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I’m heading to NuVal for the afternoon, so I packed a lunch to take with me: vanilla yogurt with Kashi cereal, red grapes, and some coconut cashews.


Pack Rat or Minimalist?

I found another thing that I can’t part with: my college acceptance letters! Is that weird? Like my photo albums, I just can’t seem to throw them away. They still mean a lot to me.


College acceptance letters? I find it kind of strange that I can’t seem to part with them considering the other things that I’ve thrown away in the past few days– some of which might horrify you and will definitely freak out my mom. (Sorry, Mom!) Here’s what I’ve tossed:

  • Graduation programs from high school, college, and grad school
  • School papers, essays, reports, notebooks, etc.
  • Old report cards
  • Trophies, awards, and certificates
  • Notes from middle school and high school
  • Programs from school plays, dance recitals, band concerts, etc.
  • All prom and formal dresses
  • Almost every card ever given to me (accept for a few from Mal and my mom)
  • Our Save the Dates from our wedding
  • Our wedding program
  • Our wedding invitations!!! (I’m pretty sure my mom and sister have a copy.)

I’ve even tried to donate my wedding dress a few times, but my mom won’t let me. She’s very protective of it and wants one of her granddaughters to wear it someday. Oh, Mom. I wonder if there’s room for it in her new trailer? 😉

Is it weird that I’m not more attached to these things? I guess my minimalist husband has finally worn off on me. He tosses everything!

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Question of the Day

Are you a pack rat or a minimalist?



  1. I tend to be a pack rat, but then I have times when I feel the need to clear everything out. Then it just piles back up again! I have found school papers that are over 10 years old! Sometimes I just hate throwing things away 🙂

  2. I am a HUGE pack rat…I have such a hard time getting rid of anything, though I am getting better. Did you donate your dresses?

  3. I usually do one or two big purges every year. I’m really bad about letting paper pile up without sorting it- I still have a ton of school stuff leftover. Somehow I always think I’ll need it someday, but I know I won’t!

  4. I have the same problem with holding onto things! When I did a paper purge earlier in the year, I think I hesitated each and every time I threw something away. Luckily, I had my boyfriend with me to coach me through the process. Crazy! BTW: that placemat looks exactly like a painting I did recently, weird.

  5. Ahhhh I’m a total pack rat and moving right now is killing me! I was shocked to see all that precious stuff you threw away. I definitely need to marry a minimalist or I may end up on those hoarding shows…okay not that bad haha. Your mom and I would be friends though 🙂

  6. Your report cards!!! It is so much fun sharing those with your kids. They say with ease of digital cameras to take pictures of things before you toss them. A picture is sometimes just as good as the real thing for memories and takes up way less storage area.

  7. I’m definitely a minimalist except when it comes to books. I can never throw any of them out. The boyfriend and I have 4 full sized packed bookcases, plus a cupboard full of cookbooks in our tiny 700sq foot apartment…I just never know when I might want to reread something.

  8. I’m a packrat, but WISH I were a minimalist… I just can’t seem to part with so many things…

    Many of the sentimental things, I plan on putting in a really nice scrapbook… but where to begin. I do have good intentions!

  9. I am a pack rat about sentimental things, but I do not ever buy stuff. I recently donated almost all of my clothing, but can’t part with my boyfriend’s college graduation program.

  10. I am moving soon too and have found myself throwing TONS out! It feels so great to let that stuff go.

    It also gave me time to organize and get things ready for scrapbooking, which I love to do. I would say throw out whatever you want and save whatever you want! Its your stuff, do with it what you please, even the wedding dress!

  11. I’m a minimalist and my husband is a pack rat. We are slowly rubbing off on one another. I save more than I used to, and he’s getting rid of somethings. I really liked an idea I heard on Hoarders…at least I think that’s where it was. Take a picture of it. Pictures are much smaller and you can make an album out of it and get rid of huge, bulky items you can’t seem to part with. Because really you just don’t want to forget the memory, it isn’t really about the actual item.

    I really want to get reusable straws, but I haven’t been able to find ones that are bendy! I need to be able to move it around and it just doesn’t seem possible.

  12. I’m definitly a minimalist. But I keep letters and sweet notes from my boyfriend. And I print out photos and keep albums – I can’t stand the thought of everything being digital. One day in 20 years, I’m going to appreciate the photos being organized!

  13. Oh, I’m a neat freak except my extra closet! We just moved to a new apt and I’m trying really hard to throw away things in 3 boxes. Things like high school senior stuff, college stuff and all kinds of cards from family and friends. It’s hard but it’s just taking up space.

  14. I like to see my old things, but don’t have room for them. I also have kids and love their art projects, but just can’t keep all of them. SO…I scam the things I want to keep or take pictures of it and them when a sale comes on at shutterfly or some other vendor, I make a hard book with the memories…my kids love them (usually a birthday or Christmas present) of things that they made in preschool or one for each grade. I also have some for myself of grades, acceptance letters, old love letters etc…it’s fun to flip through them on occassion. I enjoy reading your blog!

  15. I can kind of be a pack rat sometimes, not gonna lie :/ There’s a lot of things that I like to keep and when I come back to those later, it brings back a lot of memories! I don’t like to keep tons of stuff but only the things that are really important.

  16. I’m such a minimalist. I don’t keep ANYTHING once it’s over. I do keep receipts for the year (never know if you need to write something off on your taxes!) But I am very much like Mal, it seems. But yes, I do have a couple special cards that I refuse to part with =)

  17. I think I’m a minimalist with packrat tendencies…I really like to keep everything clean and simple, but I also tend to collect things in hidden places…like all of the birthday cards/Redsox tickts etc. in my bedside table drawer…if I can’t see it, it’s not clutter…right?

    I went to Hamilton! I totally understand the hoarding of acceptance letters– getting into college can be a pretty defining moment!

  18. Pack rat all the way! I wish I could toss some of this clutter.

    You applied to a whole lot of schools … Me, I applied to two: My pick and a fallback state school in case I couldn’t afford it. Thank goodness it ended up being cheaper to go to my first choice because of all the scholarships I got.

  19. I was a pack rat for so long!!! My husband hate clutter! Since we moved in together 4 years ago, I have slowly been letting go of things I don’t “need”. I am really bad with clothes, shoes and beauty products though…it is bad

  20. I think I’m somewhere in between. My grandma is a notorious pack rat. After cleaning her attic two summers ago I knew I had to purge some stuff. My mother is a total minimalist. The only reason her wedding dress hasn’t been donated is because my Grandma refuses to let her. I save some stuff and get rid of others. I have the acceptance letter from the college I chose to go to but I have no idea where my law school acceptance letters are, which is odd because they were so much more meaningful to me. I also can’t get rid of the t-shirts I accumulated from extra curriculars in high school.

  21. I am a somewhat of a minimalist – but I do keep some of my old stuff, like dance/prom dresses and my special toys/books for my kids to have. I loved playing with my mom’s stuff. I also saved one copy of everything from our wedding and have it in a scrap book. At least all of my things are organized! I do not save cards though.

    I would definitely save your acceptance letters – they don’t take up space and think of your children someday – might be fun for them to see…Have a great day!

  22. I absolutely LOVE throwing stuff out. I am sentimental with cards, pictures, and even those acceptance letters though haha.

  23. I’m a military wife, therefore I’m a minimalist. I’m sure there are some packrat military wives out there, but to me, moving frequently promotes minimalism.

  24. Cute pic! I actually think the DOve tank is pretty darn cute! I’m a pack rat with minimalist tendancies. Some things I realize I need to chuck and others (photos especially), I just can’t seem to let go. ANd sometimes even clothing that I’ve looooved but don’t wear anymore. Funny how that goes.

  25. if it was up to me i would keep everything but my fiance keeps me inline. i try to keep what i keep organized and out of his way.
    tina, when you started running how fast/far where you running?

  26. I used to be a huge pack rat. But moving in with someone whose house was already in order caused me to cut down and reduce. Now I’d say I’m closer to a minimalist and kinda like it that way 🙂

  27. We’re both minimalists (thankfully, or we’d probably kill each other.) The older I get, the less sentimental I seem to get as well. I have very few ‘mementos.’ We tend to only keep things we use on a regular basis; if it’s been a couple of months since we’ve used it, it typically gets tossed or donated.

  28. My mom JUST delivered not only my old college acceptance letters, but also all the informational brochures I received from my colleges of choice. Now, what to do with all that!

  29. I hope your mother doesn’t see all the stuff you got rid of, and you need to stop saying your mother bought “a trailer”.

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