Angel's back to explain something about her house...
Hubby and I are both natural pack rats. It's just not in our natures to throw things away. So consider that A) we've lived in the same house for twenty-four years or so, B) we're both hesitant to buy new things if we don't have to and C) we both squirrel all sorts of crap away, our house has a lot of stuff in it. Add to that, he's a collectibles dealer and various rooms in our house are used for storage and...you get the picture. It's not as bad as an episode of hoarders but, yeah...
Because of all of these things, we also have a tendency to repurpose objects.
That windowsill Sweetpea is lounging on? That's a reclaimed part of a bookcase that had some issues and part of a carpet remnant. (Yes. All carpet remnants are carefully saved.)
See the swing set down there? We haven't had a child young enough to play on a swing set for many years. (Child is grown and out of the house.) The swing is long gone but the frame remains as a wisteria support and arbor. The wisteria is quite a bit bigger now than in this picture, climbing valiantly across the old top rungs.
This is my desk. (I know, bit of a mess. Too bad.) Was this piece of furniture purchased as a desk? No. This was my first little kitchen table when I lived on my own. I like it because I can spread out, it doesn't block the window, and kitties can gather underneath during a thunderstorm.
That's just a sampling, of course. We're not so bad that we think we have to keep everything. Compost bin and recycling take care of most of the actual trash, we do send things (occasionally) to Goodwill, and he does sell things every day as well, so some of the hoard comes and goes. But you get the idea. Maybe it's just old habits. Maybe it's leaning toward not quite right. We're just both happier if we can find a use for old stuff. :)