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Old 01-09-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Our library does not take any text books. Our text books are quite old so I don't think they are worth much. We have a lot of things to do (to down size, to fix up the house, to check out possible new relocation places etc.) so we don't really have the time to try to sell items.

All our extra, not needed stuffs will either be donated/given away (library, goodwill, friends, neighbors, freecycle) or go to the dump.
I was amazed to find that some of my older textbooks were worth more than newer ones. Fundamentals seldom change.
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Old 01-09-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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If no one has mentioned it yet (haven't read the whole thread) - this is a great little book on the subject (written by someone who lives in Japan - where space is at a premium):

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

http://www.amazon.com/The-Life-Chang.../dp/1607747308

Note that most houses in Florida don't have basements or finished attics - so it's hard to accumulate a lot of junk you don't see once in a while. And - when you can't just forget about it - it's easier to get rid of. And not have it sit around accumulating dust. Robyn
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Old 01-09-2016, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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If no one has mentioned it yet (haven't read the whole thread) - this is a great little book on the subject (written by someone who lives in Japan - where space is at a premium):

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Amazon.com: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (8601421528498): Marie Kondo: Books

Note that most houses in Florida don't have basements or finished attics - so it's hard to accumulate a lot of junk you don't see once in a while. And - when you can't just forget about it - it's easier to get rid of. And not have it sit around accumulating dust. Robyn
Same here in Texas. So we fill up our garages and park the vehicles on the driveway
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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the chairs we ordered recline back and have hassocks, so will be great to elevate the feet.

If your budget permits, can you rid yourself of something big and bulky and replace with chairs? Given that I'm growing older, I decided not to delay pleasure! And I love to read.
I've noticed over many years that more than two people (in a gathering) almost never sit on a couch built for three or even four. Three people on the typical couch is crowded and self-conscious. You can't turn sideways to the person next to you and converse. The couch is a lousy idea, imo, and most are so heavy they're nearly impossible to move.

I have a circle of seven comfortable lightweight (upholstered) chairs. I'm thinking of eliminating the couch and getting a few more chairs so everyone can have her/his own. What kind of chairs did you order, if I may ask? Can you post a link to a picture?
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Same here in Texas. So we fill up our garages and park the vehicles on the driveway
People do that where I live too . Especially those that didn't throw away all their winter stuff when they moved to Florida. Or those who are door mats when it comes to taking stuff they don't want from their parents when their parents are down-sizing. We have a 3 car garage - one car - and almost no junk. We should probably rent out at least one parking space in our garage . Sometimes I throw away things and they wind up in the garage courtesy of my "we might need it in the future" husband. I clean out the garage once a year - so things don't get out of hand. I really hate clutter.

This past year - I tackled a small pile of hard drives from old computers that I didn't just want to throw away as is. Bought small torx screwdrivers so I could dismantle them. Broke them into little bits with a hammer - and then threw them away.

I get a commercial shredding outfit out here every couple of years to shred the sensitive documents I no longer need every couple of years. This year is the year! Can't wait to get rid of stuff like this. Robyn
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Maybe in your case downsizing means just reorganizing your boxes and labeling them.
I seem to be doing a lot of that, lol. I bring things downstairs from upstairs with the intention of getting rid, but wind up incorporating those things into the downstairs (like a large wicker trunk to hold quilts, now downstairs instead of up ). Or I reorganize boxes of writing and other papers, relabeling them. Sometimes I think all I do is rearrange in the name of downsizing.
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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This past year - I tackled a small pile of hard drives from old computers that I didn't just want to throw away as is. Bought small torx screwdrivers so I could dismantle them. Broke them into little bits with a hammer - and then threw them away.
I just had a flash image of Maxine doing this, lol.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I've noticed over many years that more than two people (in a gathering) almost never sit on a couch built for three or even four. Three people on the typical couch is crowded and self-conscious. You can't turn sideways to the person next to you and converse. The couch is a lousy idea, imo, and most are so heavy they're nearly impossible to move.

I have a circle of seven comfortable lightweight (upholstered) chairs. I'm thinking of eliminating the couch and getting a few more chairs so everyone can have her/his own. What kind of chairs did you order, if I may ask? Can you post a link to a picture?
Sure thing...this is a close approximate of the chairs we ordered: Home Decor and Furniture from Shore Decor in Morehead City NC Neutral No Stress Recliner With Ottoman
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:23 PM
 
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I've noticed over many years that more than two people (in a gathering) almost never sit on a couch built for three or even four. Three people on the typical couch is crowded and self-conscious. You can't turn sideways to the person next to you and converse. The couch is a lousy idea, imo, and most are so heavy they're nearly impossible to move.

I have a circle of seven comfortable lightweight (upholstered) chairs. I'm thinking of eliminating the couch and getting a few more chairs so everyone can have her/his own. What kind of chairs did you order, if I may ask? Can you post a link to a picture?
How about some love seats and single chairs? Those that want to sit next to each other can still do so.
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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I've noticed over many years that more than two people (in a gathering) almost never sit on a couch built for three or even four. Three people on the typical couch is crowded and self-conscious. You can't turn sideways to the person next to you and converse. The couch is a lousy idea, imo, and most are so heavy they're nearly impossible to move.

I have a circle of seven comfortable lightweight (upholstered) chairs. I'm thinking of eliminating the couch and getting a few more chairs so everyone can have her/his own. What kind of chairs did you order, if I may ask? Can you post a link to a picture?
I take naps on my sofa.
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