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Old 04-16-2017, 06:37 AM
 
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I used to stop by Goodwill for one item and walk out with ten; after all, they were great buys, and I MIGHT use the stuff one day. Same with Dollar Tree; everything is just a dollar! After emptying a three-story house in a month, I now debate long and hard before dragging ANYTHING home with me; I know it'll have to be dealt with one way or another one day... By me! Been there, done that.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:31 AM
 
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I used to stop by Goodwill for one item and walk out with ten; after all, they were great buys, and I MIGHT use the stuff one day. Same with Dollar Tree; everything is just a dollar! After emptying a three-story house in a month, I now debate long and hard before dragging ANYTHING home with me; I know it'll have to be dealt with one way or another one day... By me! Been there, done that.
I hear ya! It's so easy to drag more stuff home, but it isn't going to magically disappear. WE'RE gonna have to deal with it! So better not to bring it home in the first place.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:43 AM
 
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I used to stop by Goodwill for one item and walk out with ten; after all, they were great buys, and I MIGHT use the stuff one day. Same with Dollar Tree; everything is just a dollar! After emptying a three-story house in a month, I now debate long and hard before dragging ANYTHING home with me; I know it'll have to be dealt with one way or another one day... By me! Been there, done that.
Can't wait to hear my siblings story about her in laws house today.

They go there for Easter. I law has been living in the new place maybe two years. Every inch of wall is covered with some doodad from her dollar store shopping excursions. She says you can barely turn around in her place.

I think of that when I even think of buying something that I can't eat or use up.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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Gathered some of my children's old clothes (the youngest is 28) for donation. Was saving them for the grandchildren, but they don't want them.
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I’m going through a massive clearing up. I have 11 kitchen-size garbage bags of stuff (lots of things from my shed – broken fan, lamps, etc) which will go in next week’s extra garbage pickup ; another pile is for donations (good stuff that I don’t want), and the third pile will go to gotjunk. It’s going to feel good when everything is done...but it's going to take a while!
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Old 04-16-2017, 01:41 PM
 
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We've completed our move from a 2500 sf to a 1500 sf house and are STILL downsizing. We bought most of our framed paintings and prints with us because we weren't sure which ones would work best in our new home. Ditto accent pieces like lamps, small tables, mirrors, ornamental pottery, etc.
We already have a yard sale planned next month for items that don't make the cut.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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[quote=twins4lynn;47855523]I’m going through a massive clearing up. I have 11 kitchen-size garbage bags of stuff (lots of things from my shed – broken fan, lamps, etc) which will go in next week’s extra garbage pickup ; another pile is for donations (good stuff that I don’t want), and the third pile will go to gotjunk. It’s going to feel good when everything is done...but it's going to take a while![/QUOTE

Are you not selling anything? I dread it -- and won't even know how to go about it -- but I'll at least have to use one of those "everything but the house" auction places to get SOMETHING for the things that have some value... Even if it's just pennies on the dollar, that would feel better than just giving away things I spent too much money on in the first place!
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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Iím going through a massive clearing up. I have 11 kitchen-size garbage bags of stuff (lots of things from my shed Ė broken fan, lamps, etc) which will go in next weekís extra garbage pickup ; another pile is for donations (good stuff that I donít want), and the third pile will go to gotjunk. Itís going to feel good when everything is done...but it's going to take a while![/QUOTE

Are you not selling anything? I dread it -- and won't even know how to go about it -- but I'll at least have to use one of those "everything but the house" auction places to get SOMETHING for the things that have some value... Even if it's just pennies on the dollar, that would feel better than just giving away things I spent too much money on in the first place!
If they are of value, they would be easy to sell. If not, just give them away. So freeing.

I'm glad I stopped buying things years ago. Even for gifts, I tell people if I can't eat it or spend it, don't give it to me.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I watch the hoarder show and it makes me go through drawers and papers.. less is more. I hate too many 'THINGS" around. That show is scary!!

I have a place for everything, but the filing cabinets keep getting more papers, so I go through all the old papers when I feel they are obsolete because I save every paper on so many things.

I have three ring notebooks with zip pouches that keep different papers, such as insurance, bank, medical, taxes, etc. and reach for that book. I have file pouches in each notebook such as the insurance notebook to separate car insurance, house insurance,life insurance, etc and it works out for me. I know where everything is if I need to find it.

I also have a automobile notebook with repairs, purchases such as tires, and maintenance. I have a notebook on large purchases , such as appliances, lawn tractor, pressure washer, osmosis etc.

I live in my home but want to find everything. I used to be too much of a perfectionist but the to do lists in my head I got rid of because I was never without something to do.

When I go to buy something, I buy only what I need. I never asked myself years ago do I need this.. I just bought it on a whim. Now I say to myself..... do I really need another one of these? Most often I say NO..
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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we sold a bunch of swarovski things on ebay. Doesn't free up too much room but fewer things to move.
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