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child of grace
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Posted: 11/26/2012 12:27:28 PM
I need to clean out big time! I thought I did a lot last Jan-Feb but, from the looks of things, apparently not! Actually looking forward to it!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 12:30:17 PM
We try to purge on a regular basis...problem is, it all ends up in the garage "to hold" for a yard sale and then that yard sale never comes along and next thing you know my garage is a mess and dh gets grumpy and...and...and...

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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:39:32 PM
Why don't you do it now? Then you have the whole month of December to enjoy it.

Frankly, if you ever stopped POSTING questions about decluttering, losing weight, and saving money, maybe you could actually accomplish some of those things.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:06:24 PM
I just love you, Captain K!!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:14:31 PM
Well, to be fair, you DO post an awful lot of threads about decluttering. With all the decluttering threads you've posted, I would think your house would be almost bare and ready for that food stockpile you're planning.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:16:13 PM
One thing I learned....as i get a bag done for Goodwill, it goes in the car and dropped off the next time I go out.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:16:22 PM
Blessings to you, Zombie!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:18:08 PM
Waiting till after the holiday? No way! I'm totally in a clean and purge mood RIGHT NOW!

When we drag out the ornaments, I'm totally going through them and getting rid of stacks.

When DH and I first got together, we bought all kinds of boring ornaments just to fill the tree. We're at the point now, that all that stuff and go bye-bye. We just have in the way of Christmas decor. It needs to go now!

I do want to have another garage sale before Xmas, but I bet that won't happen. I don't think we have a free weekend!

Regarding purging, I typically don't even try to sell most of our clothes. Those get donated almost immediately because no one seems to buy adult clothes from garage sales. The one thing I do keep for garage sales is costumes though, or clothing pieces that could double as costume pieces. People do seem to pick up that kind of thing.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:20:23 PM
I dropped several bags off at Goodwill this morning. Trying to be pro-active and declutter ahead of time. And we are painting our dining room, so I emptied the china cabinet and got rid of a few things, washed all the crystal, it looks so good! Only one wall completely finished (the wall where the cabinet goes ) but we will get some more done tonight.

Dh's whole family plus my dad are coming over for Christmas (that will make 15 of us in my small house) so I need to make room for all the visitors!



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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:21:42 PM
Thank you--I'll pray for you too!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:23:49 PM
how does one spell "alveetazang!"

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:27:57 PM
You're welcome! Have a good day!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:28:39 PM
I try to declutter regularily. I don't like clutter in the house. Problem is, my 13 yr. old and my husband are hoarders!! They don't agree with me on that one. I used to be a bit of a hoarder myself, but I find that when it takes me to long to find things and I don't enjoy what I have because I have too much, it's time to donate it. I don't wait for garage sales because I don't have room to store stuff until time for a garage sale. I just want to get it out of the house. Have fun decluttering! You will be happy when you see all the trash bags and donations!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:29:05 PM
Yes! As I bring out Christmas decorations right now..I am making a vow that anything I do not use goes to charity next week. I have other things in the storage room that need to go to Goodwill. There is just too much! Microwave,old kids clothes and toys..what the heck to do with T.V.s and monitors! I have 4 TV's and at least 3 monitors. They are taking up room. DH will not let me get rid of them! GGRR!!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:38:15 PM
I took 2 big sacks of books,videos, clothes and toys to the charity shop this morning- it felt great.mthe stuff I sort out now will be going to recycling and into the bin as I don't fthink anything left is worth anything.

It's hard work but worth it. I have found a method that works for me this past weekend: I bag a pile of stuff up, then take it to a tidy room. I tip it out and sort it there- for some reason it seems easier to sort the stuff in a tidy room. I then go back for another pile of stuff. I had got cluttered due to being unwell and I had a load of laundry to sort through, some of which I had washed to take to the charity shop. I need to be sorted by this weekend when I have promised my kids we will decorate for Christmas- deadlines work best for me!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:43:06 PM
Don't wait until after Christmas. Start now.

Don't wait to have that yard sale that will never happen. Take whatever you have decided can go to the Good Will. It helps me that it is on my way to pick my son up after school. The donations go straight to the trunk of my car & I drop it off on the next trip to school.

Go through your Christmas stuff while you are putting it out. You will invariable find items that can go.

Also, if you are purging, it makes you stop & think before buying too many Christmas gifts.




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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:48:30 PM
We are in the process of moving. Lots of stuff isn't making the trip to the new house.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:02:29 PM
I have a close friend who has different charities scheduled to do pick ups at her house every other week. She invited me to bring over anything that is good enough to donate and she stores it at her house until the charities pick it up. Several of us have taken her up on the offer with the caveat that she is to feel free to go thru our stuff and take for herself or any one she knows whatever can be used. She is a great matchmaker for those in need.

We are trying to declutter with the idea that DD is going to college next year, and neither DH nor I can easily navigate the attic. We are actively cleaning out the basement and attic and will, hopefully, have everything we want to keep neatly stored in the basement before Dd leaves for college next fall. As we look thru our stuff, we are trying to keep in mind that we want to downsize after she finishes college and we won't have as much space. I am trying to organize our business records so we can dispose of those that we will no longer need by the time we move.

Our Christmas stuff is pretty tight, so I don't expect to get rid of much of it. We are, and always have been, pretty choosy as to what we buy for the season. I think my kids would dedopt me if I tried to thin out my Nutcracker collection, so I have asked that no one but my kids, DH, and Mom buy me nutcrackers.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:02:38 PM

how does one spell "alveetazang!"

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:58:05 PM
We get a postcard every month from the Epilepsy Foundation and they come to our area on a particular date so we put our things out for them. We've done it once and I plan to again.

So easy. You can do same with Salvation Army as well I think though this information literally just fell on my doorstep and has worked for me while I've hemmed and hawed and thought about Goodwill/Salvation Army for years and never did anything about it. Epilepsy Foundation Donate info



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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:35:16 PM

Don't wait until after Christmas. Start now.



Don't wait to have that yard sale that will never happen. Take whatever you have decided can go to the Good Will.


Go through your Christmas stuff while you are putting it out. You will invariable find items that can go.


This. - otherwise it is just blahblahblah.




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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:44:58 PM
No but I am thinking about getting my Christmas stuff out and purging the stuff I don't absolutely love. I meant to do it last year but it got away from me and I really didn't feel like doing it after Christmas, so it is waiting for me. If it is sentimental sortof, but I don't like it, I am going to take a photo of it. Thanks for reminding me!

We don't set the tree up until after dd's bday (mid-Dec), so maybe I will do that this weekend!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:57:01 PM
I third that everything should go to goodwill (or similar!) unless you have tons of free time the time spent organizing, pricing, setting up, etc. is never worth the money you get! Our junk is way more valuable in our eyes than in 99% of the population so whatever you think it's "worth", it isn't!!

Just put everything in your trunk and get it out of the house!!! (Mine is full as we speak - I did my closet, the playroom and can't fit anymore in my trunk so I had to stop!)
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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:15:30 PM

When DH and I first got together, we bought all kinds of boring ornaments just to fill the tree. We're at the point now, that all that stuff and go bye-bye.


It was the same with me, Penny. I did have a handful of ornaments I had cross stitched and some special Peanuts ornaments that my cousin had given me. Everything else was just something cute to put on the tree. The first Christmas after XH walked out 2 years ago, I went through all of the decorations. Boy, was THAT hard - I wanted to go to sleep the first of December and wake up January 1 and have it all over. Instead, I made a "goes to XH bag" (ornaments that were given specifically to him and had no meaning to me whatsoever), and a "goes to the Goodwill" bag. I also included in XH's bag the cross stitched stocking I made for him the first year we were married - it matches mine. Since DS was born, lo those 24 years ago, I've bought him a special ornament every year. He has his own box to take with him whenever he goes.

I also culled out decorations that folks have given me over the years and I felt obligated to use them, even though they weren't my style. You know how that is. By the time I cleaned out, I'd forgotten where they had come from and they just had no emotional attachment for me. I'm sure someone was tickled to get them.

I also load my donation bags in the car immediately after they're filled and drop them off the next day. The Salvation Army has a trailer (with no tractor) that I pass every day on my way home. I just wing in there, drop my stuff off and I'm on my way. I just dropped off a tiny microwave, a crock pot (got a new, bigger version of both) and a huge bag of clothes. I'm gonna do some more de-cluttering as I'm decorating.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:24:35 PM
I'm right there with you. Getting "twitchy" just thinking about what I need to do. I have gotten rid of a lot since my dh passed but still this place is still full of "stuff". So in January I begin another pass through. Every closet. Every drawer.

I have taken the suggestion from some here. Sort and put into boxes. Then if I have not needed any of the stuff it goes to the thrift store. That seems to work well for me. Specially with those things that I struggle with.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:43:27 PM
It's a natural time to declutter as you decorate for Christmas. Need a clean slate, right??

So, post your progress OP--that'll keep you accountable and making headway

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:46:48 PM
I like to squeeze in a decluttering in December to 1) to get rid of toys that the kids no longer use 2) last donation to Goodwill for the year.

Two years ago, we did a big Christmas decoration uncluttering. We put out a few big folding tables and went thru everything Christmas related and got rid of so much. It was a good feeling.

Good Luck!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:47:24 PM
I'm good in the household area but holiday ornaments - wow.

I need to sort all my holiday items and keep only that which is meaningful.

OP you might try the bag and hold method. Don't overthink it. Just grab anything that doesn't move you and toss it in a nice thick trash bag. Then put the bags in an out of the way spot and in a predetermined amount of time - a month, 3 months, whatever you are comfortable with - donate it. In that time if you haven't missed it you can let it go.




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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:11:12 PM
nope. doing it now.. while putting out Christmas decor, i got rid of what i didnt want anylonger.. i seem to be doing that everyyear.. one of these years im gonna have to get some new stuff!! yeah!!1 did get a new smaller tree last year.. so had to get rid of some ornaments.. let the DDs got thru and take, when ever i go thru seasonal clothes, i get rid of stuff,, use to take to goodwill, but now take to a new lil thrift shop downtown, that is so cute., a young couple, so i donate all to them.. just helpin out a small bussiness..and helps me out to.
have fun..connieb
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