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Old 07-21-2018, 02:29 PM
 
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Got rid of a whole stereo system and cabinet- a few place settings of china, numerous bags of clothing, excess flatware- excess coffee cups, sleeping bag, ceramic tile--------you name it. Had scheduled Viet Vets (been scheduling them every 2 or 3 weeks in anticipation of the move). They came and took EVERYTHING. Straw Baskets, you name it.
We truly are counting down to the move- and as much as I declutter and offer on freecycle regularly, I cannot believe how much stuff we still have.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I gave my father's accordion to my sister to ship back to California for her child. They want it, so I was more than happy to give it up. I forgot to ask her how much it cost to ship....that thing was HEAVY! She also took the garden stone Mom's man gave us at her funeral. That thing wasn't light either! I feel much lighter just having them both out of my basement.
The grandkids were thrilled to receive anything of their grandmas things. It was the memories more than the items. I still have a wooden box my grandfather made for my grandmother to hold her crochet hooks. It's not fancy but you can feel the love he put into it.

Your niece/nephew will probably think of their grandfather every time they play the accordion. There's no price on memories.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Threw out about four cubic feet of pantry food, most of which was many years past its "Best by" date.

DH is a food hoarder. I made him prepare and eat one of his Annie Chun soup bowls last night, only about a year old.

It may not sound like much but I'm just getting started.
My brother is like that. His house burned down & when he built the new one he put in a gigantic pantry. He won't buy just a few items, he buys cases. I think it has something to do with your us growing up poor & then his losing everything in the fire. Not sure.

Of course, living in the country in Minnesota you do have to be prepared for winter storms.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:58 AM
 
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Gave my consignment person some more items and she gave me some cash!
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:04 AM
 
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I finally got rid of all the alcohol, not sure if it goes bad, some of it we've had 20 years. We had scotch, gin, brandy, etc....I don't drink and my husband had a drink once or twice a year. He can no longer have alcohol due to his meds. I put it all in a box and put it out for our weekly trash pickup this morning.
Quite the opposite, it gets more desirable with age. 20 years on scotch plus it's original age is a rare and highly prized.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I'm going to upside rather than downsize this week. The closets here have so much wasted space so am looking into see through containers I can stack & put the things still in boxes away.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:04 AM
 
Location: New Oxford, PA
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I moved into my new place a week and a half ago, and while it is almost twice the size of my old place, I discarded lot of old belongings, including all my furniture. As I have been unpacking here, I'm still tossing things out, in hopes of a simpler existence.
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I gave away some shoes I bought without trying on (Walmart) that were too narrow and never worn. It took me 2 years to work up to that. I guess I thought my feet might shrink...

Next big goal will be tossing some 10 year old spices. NOOOOO......
Actually, I'm still using them....
The old spices won't hurt you, but they might not have much flavor left in them.
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Ah, I gave away 2 more pieces of my artwork to a helper I had yesterday. She loved my work and I offered her 2 and she walked out with them. I have so many in my apt and when I'm gone I hope they don't end up in the recycle. So that is 5 canvases I've given away in the last couple yrs. Feels good. Makes me feel lighter and gives the receiver pleasure.

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Old 07-25-2018, 09:32 PM
 
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I have lost some of my momentum...but I have 2 bags of towels and blankets and bath mats to take to the animal shelter tomorrow...since I will be near there for an appointment.

If I have time, I will load a few things to drop at Goodwill too.

Saw an old friend in the grocery and got some very negative comments when I mentioned Goodwill.
I know the CEO makes a ton of money but if you Google it you will see they do a lot of good for people. It's not just the thrift stores.
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