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It’s Pack Rat Day. Time To Clear Out The Junk!

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National Pack Rat Day is observed annually on May 17.  This 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.

“Pack Rat” can be considered a clever nickname for a hoarder.  They may develop problems with compulsive hoarding.  There are problems which may arise from compulsive hoarding which includes cluttered homes, yards, vehicles and other spaces.  Doing so may become dangerous for themselves as well as others.


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.  Once you clean out and clean up, you will feel good about what you have accomplished! Use #NationalPackRatDay to post on social media.

Did you know?

With National Pack Rat Day on May 17th, a 2009 national survey conducted by Smead discovered some interesting facts about our tendencies to hang on to things. Here are some highlights:

  • 30% of Americans are holding on to things because of the economy.
  • 56% of us don’t like to throw things away, or don’t know what to throw.
  • 70% of the nation needs help being organized.
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