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We have been re-arranging, re-organizing, and donating, freecycling, and tossing lots of stuff. There is still a LOT to go through. I have a very hard time getting rid of toys too But, I don't have to do it all at once. Just because I'm not ready to get rid of it today doesn't mean I won't be next week or next month, and that doesn't negate the carloads I DID get rid of today.

Every little bit helps. Your give away stuff looks great.


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I wish I lived closer to you so I could buy it at a garage sale. Do you ever have garage sales? From my experience it is alot more satifying to go to garage sales than have one. Yes, I guess I like collecting things too. I could've written this post myself! I finally got tired of being embarrassed everytime someone came to my house unannounced because it was always such a cluttered mess. I finally decided that every item must have a "home". If it didn't, it had to go.

Or something else had to go to make space for it. I've made a lot of changes over the last year as far as my housekeeping strategies and clutter collecting and it has made such a difference!

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I love how good it feels to come into a house that is tidy! One thing I have learned about sentimental items I love clearing out clutter! You're right that it definitely makes your head and your whole life, really feel more free. I love stuff, too, but only that stuff which actually has meaning for me, or which is genuinely useful.

The rest has to go! I can't tell you how many moments during your post that I found myself saying to myself "That. So nice to know I'm not the only one who has trouble with attachment. Enjoy your blog so much!!! GREAT philosophy! I am hoping once winter : comes I will do this in my house too!! It's a great idea and definitely something I'd like to do this Winter while I'm indoors. I need to get over those things and either give them away or throw them away.

I'm trying to prepare for a garage sale right now to do some purging. It truly is a garage sale - I'm actually going to do it in the garage and, hopefully,we will be able to use the garage for our car instead of junk! Moving because of my husbands' job has been a great preventive for keeping to much stuff. I can't imagine how bad it would be if I lived in one place for a very long time! Boy, do I hear you!


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It is wonderful! Even when we aren't moving, I still make piles. I've really, really pared down, but its an ongoing process. I hear ya about the toys, too! Thankfully our son is used to going through his things and making a pile for donations.

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When we lost my grandmother, my parents and family went through the house to clean it out OH MY Made my parents purge a TON of stuff, so we wouldn't have to deal with all of their stuff "someday. It's a constant process, I think. You need to keep up with it and donate if you can't use it. Needs change, kids grow out of things I have another pile going right now, actually One day I figured out how much we pay for our house each year, then I divided that amount by the square footage of our house.

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This gave me a dollar amount of what it cost me to store junk. This helps me buy less and donate more. Although, I still think I could merchandise my own good will with extra crap in my house. This is exactly what I needed to hear today! I am in the process, a very slow process, of cleaning out my basement storage room and purging tons of STUFF. Stuff that's just been sitting down there, all happy and tucked away in boxes taking up space and cluttering up my life! After 5 minutes of back and forth, I finally put it back, I really don't need another wreath!

Excellent plan! And I yell at myself, too, mostly on my to do lists. For example: 1. Not that it makes a difference.

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There's the Sarah I love I also like to buy stuff just in case, or because it was a great deal and i'll get around to using it mostly craft supplies But.. This is my current nemesis sp my linen closet! I will open the door and look at everything, start to take stuff out and then I freeze! I can't seem to be able to throw out any shampoos, conditioners, soaps, extra shower curtains, stuff!


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What should I do? I think we were seperated at birth! Are you crazy? Maybe you're crazy for asking if you're crazy, because you're certainly not crazy. Sounds to me like you're normal. No, you're better than normal, because you're realizing you have a thing about stuff. I'm right there with you: I have a thing about stuff, too. I keep WAY too much of it.

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Maybe we should all have decrapification parties! I know the feelings! I'm really bad about getting attached! I do love being able to feel lighter after getting rid of things.. You're not alone :. I have inherited the 'Keep' gene from both sides of my family. My maternal grandmother kept everything because it has sentimental value to her. My paternal grandmother kept everything because she could use it again. My mother keeps things because she likes having things. And I have inherited ALL of them! I am so bad! I have gotten a lot better though.

But you definitely have to take advantage of it when you are in the mood to purge!