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Old 05-22-2016, 06:04 PM
 
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So the house is empty and the garage is full? Oh no wait, its the daughters house for sale and has her mothers stuff in the garage. So..if the house sells she's going to take all her mothers stuff with her?
I wonder if she is where are a lot of us are...its just a huge task to winnow through all that for the bits you want to keep, so you procrastinate.

Clemencia53, other people already think I'm eccentric (if they are nice) because I never married or have kids. its hard when people don't even give you a chance. Otherwise I think I'm fairly normal although I have a few strong opinions. Fitting in is a normal human thing to facilitate connection.
Well I've been married lots of times but never had kids - so I'm different too!! And yea - people think that is strange - not having kids, but married.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:44 AM
 
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Selling a bazillion items on eBay, Craig's List, or even local Facebook "online yard sale" sites seems like almost a full-time job to me. It's simply amazing to me that people would go to the trouble of organizing, photographing, and posting things for just a dollar or two. I guess that's fine if you don't have another full-time job, but I'd rather spend my precious free time other ways. When I recently downsized, the good stuff went to auction and the rest to charity. I resolved that when I downsize yet again (soon), I would actually make money doing so, but so far that hasn't happened. I may take a month after I retire and try to sell things if I don't have anything better to do, but that probably won't happen, either.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:55 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Selling a bazillion items on eBay, Craig's List, or even local Facebook "online yard sale" sites seems like almost a full-time job to me. It's simply amazing to me that people would go to the trouble of organizing, photographing, and posting things for just a dollar or two. I guess that's fine if you don't have another full-time job, but I'd rather spend my precious free time other ways. When I recently downsized, the good stuff went to auction and the rest to charity. I resolved that when I downsize yet again (soon), I would actually make money doing so, but so far that hasn't happened. I may take a month after I retire and try to sell things if I don't have anything better to do, but that probably won't happen, either.
A lot of times you have a couple of things that have some value and it doesn't seem like much trouble to put up others while you are at it. if I only had to list one thing on eBay it might take 15 minutes but in half an hour I could probably list 5 if that makes any sense. And they make it easy to print postage when things sell. Still a pain if it requires much in the way of packaging.
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:39 PM
 
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We declined to re-new our Sam's Club membership. We've had either Sam's or Costco for about the past 20 years, and found it to be economical for our size family. However, now that our kids have moved out, and we have moved to a small apartment, we no longer need to buy in such quantities. We also have limited storage. We find such quantities no longer suit our purposes.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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Update: I'm still working my way through all the food in my cupboards and deep freezer. I swear I can live a year off this stuff! :P
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:23 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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My attitude is "use it or lose it." I don't buy any item until I am out of it, or see a sale close to my running out of an item. This goes for health and beauty items mostly, but food as well. Once I get rid of something, I will not buy it again in any way, shape or form, so I better be sure. So far, no regrets or replacements, and I had an estate sale 4 years ago.
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Every time we're in a heat wave I start in on cleaning things out, have no idea why. I've been in 110+ degree attics, cool basements, and rummaging closets without the a.c. on yet. I seem to accomplish more when I'm hot, lol. In just two days all of the clutter is out of the d.r., office/studio, and kitchen, absolutely minimalist. Feels great. The only problem is, it's all on the main bedroom or living room surfaces. That's how I usually declutter, cleaning out certain rooms and filling up others. The things in these other rooms are things I really should get rid of but am reluctant...they could be useful some day, etc. I have to get the stuff off our bed by midnight otherwise there will be no place to sleep. The emptied rooms look great.
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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My attitude is "use it or lose it." I don't buy any item until I am out of it, or see a sale close to my running out of an item. This goes for health and beauty items mostly, but food as well. Once I get rid of something, I will not buy it again in any way, shape or form, so I better be sure. So far, no regrets or replacements, and I had an estate sale 4 years ago.
But we may someday be in desperate circumstances like a huge economic depression, down to our last scrap of lipstick, regretting all that old makeup we once gave away.
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Old 05-28-2016, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Guess what???
Memo to parents: Your adult kids don't want your stuff | NOLA.com
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I'm struggling with this now. Vanity is what keeps me imagining that my kids will want my framed artwork and file cabinet drawers of writings. Pure vanity. They don't seem to be curious about their parents as I was about mine, though they all support my endeavors with related birthday gifts (camera, etc).

My parents revealed nothing of themselves to me, so I would have gone nuts over discovering artwork or writings by either of them. I have a small watercolor done by my dad, a piece I'm obsessed with. He did that? My dad? Who was he anyway? Not a scrap of creative anything from my mother, other than a half-finished hooked rug from the 1940s.

I want to believe my kids, no, my grandkids, will find in my creative attempts an urge to be creative themselves. But...lol...they don't need my stuff (all of which would wind up in the dumpster before they even got it). Let's face it, today's kids generally aren't sentimental, but more than that they move a lot for career and many live in apts with no storage.

So, today in the heat wave I continue on purging the files...
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