I don't think we would qualify as hoarders or pack-rats, but we do collect and awful lot of stuff. Early on in Saint-Aignan, we saved wine bottles for several years, so that we could buy wine in bulk — en vrac in French — getting our plastic jugs filled at the winery and then bottling and corking it ourselves at home. We have a good supply of several different kinds of wine bottles that we keep and use.
A small part of the jar collection that built up over the years — some "donated" by friends
But as you can see from the photo above, we have also saved jars. Way too many jars have accumulated in the downstairs cellier (cold pantry) over the past 10 years. We saved them with the idea that we would use them for what we call "canning" in the U.S., and what the Brits call "bottling" — I'm sure somebody will correct me if I've cited the wrong term (see comments).
We had jars in boxes and jars on shelves. I think these are just the ones we are keeping.
Anyway, certain jars have labels stuck on with glue that is not water-soluble. Others you can soak for a few minutes in hot soapy water and the glue melts, and the labels slide right off. We were saving both kinds, with the idea that we'd remove the labels that required a stronger solvent with what is called "white spirit" in France, or with WD40, which works too. It was going to be a lot of trouble to do.
Finally we realized we were all jarred up. Walt pulled them all out of the cellier into the utility room and went through them. He threw out a good portion of our collection (put the jars in the recycle bins, in other words). He's a better cleaner-outer than I am — more ruthless. The job is done. I didn't really ask him which ones he saved and which ones he got rid of. Too painful for me to know...