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Old 01-01-2016, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Recently I threw away big tall white Christmas tree that had yellowed and brown in the heat of the storage place I kept it. Gave away all the big blue and silver balls that I used to put on it. Now I put the 4' green tree up and all the little ornaments that I consider beautiful and I'm glad that I no longer have to climb ladders to get the big tree out and drag it in.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:45 AM
 
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I hope you do.

I read some of these type of posts here and on other forums, and wonder "when does it stop?"

The de-cluttering of things, finances, people. I'm 55 and I see people in their 60s, 70s, and up still going through this. I don't want that for me.
Once you're where you want to be (if ever), implement the "one in, one out" rule for books, articles of clothing, kitchen gadgets, etc.; that's the only way I know to keep it all from accumulating once again!
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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Once you're where you want to be (if ever), implement the "one in, one out" rule for books, articles of clothing, kitchen gadgets, etc.; that's the only way I know to keep it all from accumulating once again!
I'm pretty stabilized in that regard. I am 55, but I hear people in their late 60s, 70s, still contemplating whether they should get rid of clothes/shoes etc - things that they haven't worn in years or never wore and probably wouldn't even look the same on them if they did wear them.

I just don't get it.

Does it feel like it is too final a move to get rid of things?
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Just a little tip: You can order virtually any book that's been in print for six months (or ever has been) through your local library's "interlibrary loan program." Ours is free, while others may charge a nominal fee. It's a great way to save money AND not accumulate more books you'll never read again. I haven't bought a book in decades, yet read everything I want. Of course now there's kindle, but I prefer paper.
Excellent advice! #lovelibraries
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. One of the things I do with my books is donate them to the Friends of the Library for their yearly sale. So, to me, it's a win/win.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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I seldom post but I do follow this thread with interest! We have been in the same home for 36 years and are ready to clean out. Out went custom drapes and curtains stored in the attic which we will never use again, and my children certainly won't use them as tastes have changed.

I finally parted with my leather suitcases that I brought to college years ago (no wheels so I can't use them). They cannot be used for storage as they are not in good shape. I was brought up with the idea that you should buy quality goods and keep them forever. Now I try to use the philosophy that they served their purpose at the time.

Today I have a pile of pullover sweaters to donate which I haven't worn in years as I prefer cardigans.

We had a big influx of things from cleaning out my parents' home so I need to be super organized. The older I get, the less I can tolerate clutter.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm pretty stabilized in that regard. I am 55, but I hear people in their late 60s, 70s, still contemplating whether they should get rid of clothes/shoes etc - things that they haven't worn in years or never wore and probably wouldn't even look the same on them if they did wear them.

I just don't get it.

Does it feel like it is too final a move to get rid of things?
Three theories: one is "sentimental value"; second is the "I might need that one day" worry; third is that things find their place and, once there, you just don't think about it UNTIL you go to relocate and move it and then wonder why you kept it. If it's tucked away in a drawer, closet, or box in the basement or attic, it's really not hurting anything or in the way, so why bother? Of course, if you're at "Hoarders" level and literally climbing over the stuff, that theory doesn't apply.
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Three theories: one is "sentimental value"; second is the "I might need that one day" worry; third is that things find their place and, once there, you just don't think about it UNTIL you go to relocate and move it and then wonder why you kept it. If it's tucked away in a drawer, closet, or box in the basement or attic, it's really not hurting anything or in the way, so why bother? Of course, if you're at "Hoarders" level and literally climbing over the stuff, that theory doesn't apply.
I'm in the 'might need it someday' category. I'll decide when I move to my forever home what to keep in clothing. Here it is very casual so do not wear my 'good clothes' to church. I do not want to get rid of clothes that cost me a bundle until I see what folks are wearing wherever I decide to move.

I do not want to have to buy them again.
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Old 01-07-2016, 03:11 PM
 
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Bought a new Keurig because my old one was acting up.

Of course while I was waiting for delivery, my old one all of a sudden is not being so cranky. It seemed to be taking longer to heat and brew. I did run vinegar through it. I use bottled or filtered water, so I really didn't think that was a problem.

Anyway I set up the new machine today. Sheesh, I guess the heating and brewing time has been extended on these newer models. It is also very light. Old one is heavy.

I'm going to just have to get used to it.

And giving away the old - working Keurig to a local thrift shop that helps the community. Giving them my back up Mr. Coffee also. I don't want to be tied down to coffee drinking. If it doesn't work, I can just skip it or go to a local diner.
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Hayden
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I bought a new house that is 100 square feet smaller than my current house.

Don't want to go too fast, after all.
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