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Old 04-07-2015, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I'm moving to a senior housing complex this week. Going through my closet, I found 5 pairs of blue dress pants. Why did I ever think I needed so many? But, since time is tight, I packed them & will decide which ones to keep. Also have a box for goodwill. I found so many clothes that fit me well, once upon a time, but are too small now. To goodwill they will go.

Then there's my mother's dishes. The sets were divided between the three girls & mine is the everyday set. For twelve. I will never have that many people in my tiny apartment. But, I took them & will deal with it later. May end up giving them to a niece.

Did sort out a lot for goodwill. That felt good.
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Old 04-07-2015, 05:00 AM
 
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I guess I have been doing this all along to some degree- I am pretty good at getting rid of clothing regularly. We are in a large house, and one bedroom is sort of the accumulation point for stuff to give away. When the pile gets big, I contact Viet Vets or Lupus Foundation (or whoever else happens to send me a postcard "we will be on your street") and off it goes.
It's the "stuff" that is in my basement and attic and closets- not clothing- housewares and the like (and photos oh my photos) that will be the torture for me.
I find I do well with a kitchen timer, and the proper mindset.
We have downsizing and a move in our mind somewhere in the next few years (could be as soon as within a year but not likely) so I am very receptive to this thread.
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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DH has taken on the tedius process of determining which, if any, of my Starbucks bears is worth selling. I have most of them, so that's a *lot* of bears. He figures if they're going for under $10 (most are), donate 'em instead of selling 'em.

But I'm keeping the First Edition bear. Just because.
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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DH has taken on the tedius process of determining which, if any, of my Starbucks bears is worth selling. I have most of them, so that's a *lot* of bears. He figures if they're going for under $10 (most are), donate 'em instead of selling 'em.

But I'm keeping the First Edition bear. Just because.
I hope you're examining his stuff too, lol. Possession wars (happening here!).
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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MaryleeII talked about her "good" Lenox china. I thought about my good china too. What am I saving it for? Well, I decided to take my china with me when we downsize. I got it for a wedding gift, so we're talking almost 43 years ago. But it's still beautiful and I still love it as much as the day we got it. I always used it for special dinners and "saved" it for holidays. So it was used only two or three times a year. Under-used! We'll, I decided not to use it only for special occasions, but to use it every day. Yes, it will become my set of everyday dishes. We will enjoy it for as many years as we can in our golden years. Heck, I might even put it in the DW!
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I put stuff in the alley. It disappears. I mark it "free".
Never worry about original cost.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:07 PM
 
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Just before my step grandfather passed... one of his kids asked for the silver and china for thier teenage daughter... we were all happy because it made him happy...

Years later I visited her and asked if she had ever used any of it... there was a pause and then she said she sold it all of it shortly after he passed.

He was happy to give it to her and she was happy to get it... what she did AFTER he was gone is of no one's concern...
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I'm shredding my 40 cookbooks! I make a dish, forget which cookbook it came from, as I always make comments next to the recipe, like: Make again! Awesome! Not the best, don't make again!

I'm cutting out recipes (some I've made, some I wish to make) from all these cookbooks, putting them into big envelopes labeled: Chicken, Pork, Soups, Beef, Desserts, Salads, etc.

Then? Put them into 3-ring binders, with plastic covers, with tabs! Then I'll have just 2 big cookbooks!

Until............I go to the next thrift store and buy another stack of cookbooks!
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Got rid of the fruit basket I kept on the kitchen counter. Have been throwing too many bananas into the compost pile! If you want a banana walk three blocks to the store - lol.
You know you can FREEZE them, right in the skin, and then use them for baking and such...and my grandson LOVES frozen bananas.
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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Default What did you do to downsize today?

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I thought I'd start a thread where we could each contribute what we did towards downsizing in anticipation of retirement.
Well, let's see now. I'm 71 years old now. I retired in 2005 at the age of 61 but downsizing happened to me about 2007. I just figured it was part of growing old.
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