A packrat is a person who saves unnecessary objects or hoards things. When it comes to airline-related paraphernalia, I am guilty as charged.
I know I’m not the only one, so let me address this more generally to all of us who love to hoard: are we sick or do we just love our airline amenities?
My house may look clean, but open up my closet and you’ll find stacks of airline premium cabin menus and amenity kits. Visit my underwear drawer and you’ll see the primary contents are airline pajamas. Step into my garage and you’ll see box after box of airline menus, models, amenity kits, pajamas, ticket jackets, boarding passes, and other memorabilia.
I consciously try not to fill my house with unnecessary material objects. But I struggle oh so much with airline-related stuff. My problem is that I have a photographic memory and every time I look at a menu or amenity kit, I can suddenly vividly recall the flight I collected it on. It’s my hobby and passion. How can I just throw this stuff away?
Yet I don’t live in a mansion. Quite the contrary, I live in a cottage. Space is limited and part of me would love to be liberated from all my dear airline memorabilia.
Theoretically, I could scan all my menus and discard them. I could give away all my amenity kits to charity with the exception of my Rimowa kits from ANA, EVA, Lufthansa, and Thai. I don’t need 100 pairs of airline pajamas: the only ones I wear on a regular basis are my Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, and Air Serbia ones.
But I’ve got a problem. I can’t bear throw to it away. And so the boxes grow. The piles grow. And I’m left wallowing in material objects I will one day leave behind.
Am I alone or are some of you experiencing the same thing? What do you recommend I do with all this “stuff” that has accumulated over the years? (I know the answer is to throw away, but I mean for someone who cannot bring himself to throw it away…).