NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY
Each year on May 17th, National Pack Rat Day encourages us to take a look at ourselves and see if we have “Pack Rat” tendencies within us. A Pack Rat holds on to, collects or hoards often unneeded items.
According to Meriam Webster, the phrase pack rat dates back to 1885 and references a wood rat known for hoarding food and random objects. Today, the phrase is loosely used to describe people who do the same.
Many people even describe themselves as pack rats because they keep things they may need in the future, such as tools, boxes, and clothing. Have you ever cleaned out a closest and critically examined every item, tossing and donating things so that you had a clean space? Then days or weeks later discovered you needed one specific item you donated or tossed. It may be a document or container, but it never fails to happen. In the age of recycling, reusing, and repurposing, pack rats consider every item before they toss and donate.
The observance is an opportunity for the pack rat in all of us to examine our collecting tendencies. Do we really need t-shirts from 1975? When was the last time you used that L wrench that came with the pre-fabricated entertainment center you no longer own? Of course, the moment you sort through those toys and donate them, your only child will announce you’re going to be grandparents. You didn’t hold on to those pack rat tendencies long enough.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPackRatDay
Take a look around and maybe start cleaning out unwanted and unneeded items. If you need to, call a friend to come and help you get started. Share what you think makes you a pack rat. What do you save or collect? Use #NationalPackRatDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY HISTORY
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