I actually play through my breadboard,
I have 5 pedals on it right now,I just switch which is hooked up depending.This lets me see how the ciruit works in real use before boxing it up,and allows for easier tweaking ,of course I cant or wouldnt take my breadboard to my drummers house or elsewhere.
I have found that alot of times like Mac so eloquently put it.
At first something new and strange is fun,different exciting,makes you think about things you forgot you could do...
Then the magic wears off after awhile and I am glad I didnt "commit" ,at that point the components go back in the bins,if I cant tweak it to make it lovable.(my BMP,and GEO 7band EQ are still borderline as being boxed or parts put back in the bins)
For me the fun is in the learning and expirementing as much as having a final build to take to jams and such.
But yeah I de-solder everything I can save and say few words,then try to go on with my life best I can.
I actually sometimes leave my leads just a little longer than I need to on new builds,just in case...