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Declutter

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  • misskim
    misskim Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-12 22:38:46

    This is linked to goal 1. Moving to a house with less storage space is frying my brain! What do I do with all my stuff? Plus dear heart is a hoarder and keeps EVERYTHING! Help!

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    • artfellow
      artfellow 2 cheers 2017-02-13 00:05:43

      @misskim you may have already come across this but have you read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo? It helped me a lot when I was doing my own de-cluttering. The book is just the right length to get you inspired. There are YouTube videos about this too but I personally recommend the book.

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    • jlittle
      jlittle 0 cheers 2017-02-13 23:29:31

      @misskim if you're a book personi can possibly help. What are the things you thingyou won't have space for?

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    • misskim
      misskim Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-13 23:34:52

      @jlittle ah well it's not just books. I'm an artist, hubby is an artist, we are hoarders. I'm going to charity shop most of it, maybe ebay some furniture and pass on as much as possible. Will be doing most of this behind hubs back as he keeps everything! I gave a pair of yellow trousers to a refugee charity last week and he stated that they were his summer pants he wears once a year!!!! We will probably keep most of the books though, we love books.

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      • jlittle
        jlittle 0 cheers 2017-03-18 00:15:59

        @misskim I love books too, my mom was a bookdealer who met my dad, a book collector. . . . you get the idea. I had a bookstore for 9 years, worked in the book business for many years. So I have "tricks" for getting as many books as possible on shelves.

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  • jlittle
    jlittle 0 cheers 2017-02-13 05:27:44

    Been working on this for too long.

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    • superbligh
      superbligh 1 cheers 2017-02-13 21:10:25

      @jlittle I tend to shove my clutter into a holding pen (called 'the loft') where it stays for years. Out of sight, out of mind. :-)

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    • jlittle
      jlittle 0 cheers 2017-02-13 23:17:22
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  • misskim
    misskim Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-13 18:35:47

    Ooh thank you @artfellow that sounds like a great place to start... I'll take a look. Tips are most welcome!

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  • jessica
    jessica Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-16 11:20:49

    goal is to de-clutter bed room and get rid of old item--to let go of past emotional memories and create space for new memories

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-18 10:36:22

    Off to the donation pile - a sleep shirt that has somehow become way larger and just doesn't fit anymore. Someone might love it, though. Off we go. 

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  • amaranthinedream
    amaranthinedream Doing 0 cheers 2017-02-18 19:38:54

    Continue culling and curating until I know and appreciate everything in my home, each with its own designated place.

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  • rosewilder
    rosewilder Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-19 16:26:24

    I am going to dedicate an hour to this today. As I harbor a touch of hoarder in me, I am going to make a game of it: how many items can I discard or donate in an hour of organization?
    Let the declutter games begin! May the odds be ever in my favor. 

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  • fantomenmom
    fantomenmom Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-20 04:45:03

    I know this doesn't look done yet, but it is a whole lot better than before I started decluttering. Still more to do on the patio, but I am feeling better about it.

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  • rosewilder
    rosewilder Doing 12 cheers 2017-02-20 15:59:55

    That might have been the hardest hour of my day! There is so much emotional baggage that goes along with the physical clutter: an important thing to recognize and accept.
    I started with the easiest area in the house: the bathroom. There were quite a few expired toiletries to throw out. A few things I bought and never used. I think the reason I haven't gotten rid of them previously was because I wanted to be the kind of person that _____. (Polished my nails, etc.) But I'm not that person, and that's okay.
    Then on to the bedroom: much harder. Two areas that I didn't have success with: gifts that I don't want but can't seem to get rid of (some of these have been hanging around for years) and my deceased great aunt's jewelry and personal effects. I don't use them, but I can't seem to donate them either.
    Easier (but not easy) to donate or discard was extra buttons I've been saving in case I lose a button, a pair of unattractive earrings (I haven't worn earrings in 5 years, been saving them in case my daughters want them some day, but I can give them the attractive pairs I saved for them!), a coin purse (I have another better one if I actually ever use a coin purse), a glasses case I hadn't used in over 5 years because I got a better one, a pair of old glasses that are no longer my prescription and quite frankly, not too flattering, and an old journal. (It still had pages left in it, but I am not living in some sort of journal shortage!)
    It's really embarrassing to see how "just in case" and miserly I am. You would think I grew up in the Depression, for goodness sakes. I clearly have to spend more time with this meditation affirmation: I live in material, and non-material abundance.

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-22 13:31:56

      @meditation7 Thank you so much for the good energy sent my way, the support, and the inspiration! I really appreciate it.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 2 cheers 2017-03-01 23:59:42

      @rosewilder this is kind of crazy but I have a whole drawer full of wayward buttons and another drawer full of old costume jewelry from a great aunt! When I was a teenager I wore the jewelry but not any more. I may need to look at some decluttering soon, too

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 2 cheers 2017-03-02 01:09:05

      @rosewilder good to see you on here! Havent' in the other place in a while. I collect all the weird craftsy paraphernalia and sicne I still technically craft, i will hold onto that stuff until/unless i have to relocate to another planet.

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder Doing 3 cheers 2017-03-02 02:37:15

      @wyverndust That is such an amazing coincidence! It must be something about being a great aunt. ; )

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder Doing 1 cheers 2017-03-02 02:40:52

      @ahorrasi , It's so good to see you, too!

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-20 20:31:25

    Off to the garbage - a small lashes brush I've not used in a dozen years. It still lived in my brush container, waiting for who knows what. Time to let those "just in cases" go. Bye.

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