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Old 08-23-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Nothing gave me greater pleasure than to get rid of ALL our Christmas decorations except for a table centerpiece. What a lot of stuff taking up space. And when it "comes down" after the holidays it has to be packed away, depressing. Now that we have grandkids, we'll do up a display with lights indoors and fresh-smelling pine boughs. No more trees and boxes and boxes of stuff!
Maybe one day, for now we have a tree and two boxes. It takes up a corner of a walk on closet. Actually the electric train that runs around the tree takes up most of the space.

We evolved to this from cutting a fresh tree in the mountains, making popcorn/cranberry strings and baking gingerbread men to hang on the tree. Now it's simple in comparison. The dog did like the gingerbread men, most of them were just heads on the lower part of the tree as the season wound down.

I cleared out my spinning, knitting and weaving room this summer, selling on a knitting social website, using PayPal for payment and shipping. Retail therapy was my stress relief when I worked. That and a delusional idea of what I could accomplish. It was work and organization but I had $2,600 in my Paypal account when I finished. I have more to sell next year, but the things left are ones I'm reluctant to sell. They are rare or unusual things I could probably not easily find again and certainly wouldn't pay the price if I did. I've thought about selling them, so next time will be easier to let them go.

Every time I mailed out a package I got dual pleasure from it: lightening my load and annoying a miserable PO employee who really should retire.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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So true!

I spent from Jan - May last year getting rid of stuff and then moved to Des Moines in August with two relocubes and what fit in my car.

I'm so glad it's now and I'm not going through that, but it was really worth it not to have to deal with all that stuff in the new house.

Tek, I'm only 10 years younger that you.
And we just moved away from DSM.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:22 PM
 
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I bet his collection of cans and cans of old nails beats the collection you had.
I'd say yes. I had been doing some tossing off and on for years.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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And we just moved away from DSM.
You'll be warmer this winter!

And my income is increasing, so we're both happy.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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WTG jeanji! Keep the precious things that are hard to find. IMO. I love shipping, that great feeling of making money and getting lighteer at the same time.

Hamming is waay cool Meemur, I found a sixties radio at a garage sale and it sold well on ebay.
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Here's a great site to read if you need inspiration.


zenhabits
The mind is a wonderful thing. Itís also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us, and stops many great changes in our lives.

Here's some other links to that site:
About : zenhabits
Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. Itís about clearing the clutter so we can focus on whatís important, create something amazing, find happiness.

Start Here : zenhabits
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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LOL HT, do we ever get to zen loving our house? Ours has always been an agree to disagree kind of thing....
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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LOL HT, do we ever get to zen loving our house? Ours has always been an agree to disagree kind of thing....
I Zen and the house~~~zigs.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:42 AM
 
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That is a zignificant difference in outlook.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:47 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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LOL guys.

Getting rid of stuff is major zen. What a huge difference a year makes after having become the acquisition queen and kings. Having DH on board is big zen.

Zen rocks!
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