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    My family is going on a challenge to entirely de-clutter our home in the next 2 weeks to make this space more lovable and loving. The goal is to get rid of at elates 10 items a day that we no longer need or use and to find a "place" for everything else. Also, we will only keep things that are either practical or which we truly love and everything else will either go to charity or the garbage bin. Who is joining us? It would be great to have support from you.

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    I could do a little spring cleaning. When I moved here two years ago, I left almost my entire life of clutter behind. What I could fit into a small car (with a cat in a carrier and a too large cooler) and four boxes of clothes and photos I had shipped to me. While I could still get out of Dodge with the same essentials, I have somehow acquired some clutter. Mostly boxes that held newly purchased small appliance in case I needed to return them. Game on.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

    B*tch-lite

    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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    • #3
      I'm in escrow right now selling a 4br/4ba house and downsizing to an apartment. I have become a de-cluttering machine.

      One of the principles in the Gnoll Credo by J. Stanton is this : If you can't eat it, wear it, wield it, or carry it with you, leave it behind.

      The Gnoll Credo, a novel by J. Stanton

      In this wonderful book the Gnolls refer to anything that serves no purpose as "nerga". I have come to think of my house clean out as de-nergafication. It really feels good.

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      • #4
        Flylady.net
        Annie Ups the Ante
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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        • #5
          fly lady drives me batty. i just consider it. . . i don't know, somehow unworkable. lol

          that being said, i hew to minimalism, so i love to declutter frequently. I just did the bathroom/laundry a few weeks ago, and I'm the process of doing the clothing/closets again. It's easiest to do them seasonally. I'm down to a minimum, but DS is swimming in clothing (mostly hand-me-downs and gifts). So, I gotta figure that business out. Still working on it.

          Also, probably need to do a toy cull.

          Paper and general 'stuff' is easy -- we rarely bring it in. But, man! yeah.

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          • #6
            I want to do this. My house is a cluttered mess.

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            • #7
              I support this idea 100%! I dream of living the minimalist life. A house full of clutter makes me stressed just thinking about it. The practicallities of dumping everything however is another story. Sentimentality makes me hang onto stuff that serves no other purpose than to remind me of past events in my life. In may i am going on a yurt holiday for just a few days. the idea being you leave all your junk, mental and physical, behind and live simply, as a kind of detox from our hectic lives. I hope when i get back to have a renewed perspective on living the way we do.
              http://www.richardlongart.co.uk/

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              “You have to know the past to understand the present.”
              ― Carl Sagan

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                I'm in escrow right now selling a 4br/4ba house and downsizing to an apartment.
                This sounds like heaven! I would love to ditch the stuff and at least 1 person...

                We are helping my mom get ready to sell her home after 37 years. She is a semi recovered hoarder, so it is a lot of shit. Once at get her house done, I will be doing mine. It is amazing the things you accumulate when mindlessly buying or bored. I have always known about my moms issues, so try to stay away from clutter. However, things creep in if not paying attention.
                Primal since 4/7/2012

                Starting weight 140
                Current weigh 126

                www.jenniferglobensky.blogspot.com

                Jennifer

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                • #9
                  Check out "The Story of Stuff" here:

                  The Story of Stuff Project

                  What is interesting about this book is how the current over-consumerism has been manipulated from a long time ago.

                  I started cutting down several years ago, I have found that the less I have, the less I need.

                  The Gnolls Credo is dead on there, I'm reading the book now.
                  Randal
                  AKA: Texas Grok

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JennGlob View Post
                    This sounds like heaven! I would love to ditch the stuff and at least 1 person...

                    We are helping my mom get ready to sell her home after 37 years. She is a semi recovered hoarder, so it is a lot of shit. Once at get her house done, I will be doing mine. It is amazing the things you accumulate when mindlessly buying or bored. I have always known about my moms issues, so try to stay away from clutter. However, things creep in if not paying attention.
                    A couple of years ago, we dealt with my dad's house where he lived for 35 years before passing away. You don't know what a gift it is to do this when a parent is still alive!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post
                      A couple of years ago, we dealt with my dad's house where he lived for 35 years before passing away. You don't know what a gift it is to do this when a parent is still alive!
                      about 13 years ago, i had to do this when my mom was widowed and moving to a much smaller home. she'd lived in our house for over 20 years and i swear to pete never thrown away anything. it was a NIGHTMARE having her hover over me, telling me she might need "that" "someday". classic hoarding. i only had 5 days to clean out, pack and move her. i finally had to banish her and make her go do other stuff.

                      it filled TWO dumpsters and she still had more stuff to move than a sane person should, plus made me take stuff for which i had no use, but held sentimental value for her. at the time i was living in a 3-bedroom house so it all fit. when i moved to a loft with almost no storage i went mad with clearing out, giving almost everything away. it felt awesome and so empowering.

                      a few years later, she lost her marbles and her home. 90% of that s**t went into storage. she couldn't pay the monthly rent and it was eventually sold at auction. POOF!

                      my b/f teases me constantly about how maniacal i am about reducing clutter and keeping "stuff" to a minimum. both my mom and her mom were hoarders. your stuff winds up owning you. no thanks.

                      eta: i had a great uncle whom nobody had heard from for awhile and people got nervous. called the police, who had to call the fire department to axe their way into his nightmare hoard of stacks of papers and magazine and just STUFF. he'd been dead several days and it took the cops quite some time to find the body in the warren of belongings. <<shudder>>
                      Last edited by noodletoy; 03-24-2013, 10:05 AM.
                      As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                      – Ernest Hemingway

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by noodletoy View Post


                        eta: i had a great uncle whom nobody had heard from for awhile and people got nervous. called the police, who had to call the fire department to axe their way into his nightmare hoard of stacks of papers and magazine and just STUFF. he'd been dead several days and it took the cops quite some time to find the body in the warren of belongings. <<shudder>>
                        Oh my god, that's horrible. If that doesn't make you cut down on your clutter, I don't know what would.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post
                          A couple of years ago, we dealt with my dad's house where he lived for 35 years before passing away. You don't know what a gift it is to do this when a parent is still alive!
                          Oh, I do. I'm glad she can help and is still as normal as we can hope for her mentally. Also, at least we are in no hurry, it will take several more months. We have made enough progress since January to have the first garage sale in April. It will just be the worthless to us stuff. Then lots to charity. While I am glad she is still alive and we get to laugh and go to lunch while doing this, I can tell you if she had already passed, we would have been done in the time it took the charity truck to drive it away. Oh, and the trash man. All that being said, my kids 10 & 12 are learning a valuable lesson about stuff...cause, they are helping too. Really, it has been good for my relationship with my mom, we've spent a long time not being very nice to each other...gives me a chance to be a better daughter. I guess, I am getting rid of physical and emotional clutter..
                          Primal since 4/7/2012

                          Starting weight 140
                          Current weigh 126

                          www.jenniferglobensky.blogspot.com

                          Jennifer

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                          • #14
                            Okay, I got started and threw away ten items (actually more than ten items) of things gone wrong in the fridge. It's a small start, but at least it's a start!

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                            • #15
                              This thread is inspiring me to hoe out unworn clothes from the closet today. Thanks!

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