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Old 11-22-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I went from having nothing (when I lost my house and only kept 20 or was it 12) boxes of kitchen, clothing, & bedding - no furniture to now maybe having too much. I think I felt deprived after losing so much that, for awhile, I bought too much to replace things. That has finally stopped.

I have gotten rid of some clothing but now have to do a car load of things that will go to a thrift store. I too, will wait for spring though.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:30 AM
 
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I got a tooth pulled. Does that count? [lol]
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I got a tooth pulled. Does that count? [lol]
No, lol.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:57 AM
 
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I am really getting back into the de cluttering mode after thanksgiving.

Right now I have summer and winter things on my closet, what a pain. Went on an overnight trip and looking for things was not easy. But not as bad as one sister. I think she took 3 coats with her. We were gone one night!

Winter is a good time to do this. My tomato plants froze, so I can quit that daily chore.
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:42 AM
 
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I just unpacked three of four rooms' worth of boxes and bags (and still have the basement to go) after moving into a new house -- mostly boxes! Included in them were some really nice banker boxes and a lot paper boxes (matching red with handles) collected from work. I was very tempted to stack them all up and keep them for a future move, but am so sick of stuff hanging around me that I said HECK WITH IT and tossed them. Now I might be regretting that, LOL? But surely I can find other boxes if and when I move again. Never look back, ha!
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Last night a friend came over and we packed up some of the kitchen items that I won't be using until after the move. We also go 2 more boxes ready for the Salvation Army pickup. I currently have 28 boxes packed and ready for the move and I have just begun. 8 boxes of Christmas decorations! I thought I would have 40 boxes total - lol.
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:36 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Retire, are you finally going to Myrtle Beach???
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Yes - Myrtle Beach here I come - 158 days and counting
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:52 AM
 
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Damn; that's MY goal! Although I toy with the idea of St. Augustine or Tybee Island, mostly for the senior tax breaks... As for downsizing, I would only caution not to go overboard (no pun intended)... I got rid of fully half of my books before my latest move, only to find that I now have half my bookshelves empty (underestimated how much space was built in). Ugh!
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Old 11-27-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I moved to a small apartment last year due to a divorce. Downsizing was a necessity. I keep a bag in my hallway that I fill up over a month, and then donate that to the Goodwill near me, always being careful to note what I gave on the receipt.

Lately I have been scanning all my old files, such as my old tax returns, bank statements, receipts, warranties, and health related documents. If I keep this up I may be able to replace my 4 drawer file cabinet with a 2 drawer file cabinet.

I have scanned some of my photos but need to keep on doing that. I'd also like to get rid of most of my CDs and use the MP3 format instead. I need to also get rid of my remaining VCR cassette tapes - I've had them scanned to DVD but I'm so attached to them it is very hard to do (handwriting, memories).

Has anyone else gone to a paperless environment - or near paperless? I like having less paper and can actually find things when I need them much easier on my computer. But have others done this and have tips? Or warnings?
I have gone nearly 100% paperless. I do get my auto/renter's insurance renewals/policies in the mail though. They are not available paperless but the bill and payment process is. I hardly get any mail anymore and I'm glad for that. Medicare sends out the records of your claims to you by mail also. They were sending me once a year a huge book of Medicare info so I opted out of it! Waste of paper. My apt complex has an outside company that bills us for water etc and it's not available on line...I asked! This is the only bill I get in the mail. Hooray. I have not had any problems going paperless. To me it's the only way to go. I think it's actually safer because your bank statements etc could get in someone's else's mailbox.
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