Out with the old . . .

Happy New Year everyone!  Anne here, and I'm currently embarking on the incredibly glamorous holiday activity of . . . decluttering. I don't do it every year, but I find the beginning of the year a good time to take stock of things and try for a bit of a fresh start. Clearing out the old to make way for the new. IMG_4252

Not that I'm planning to buy more stuff — I'd love to get down to something fairly minimalist, but I know myself and it will never happen. It's not that I'm a big shopper, it's just that my mother raised me to be thrifty and to use things to the nth degree — clothes worn until they fall apart, mended if possible, and if not, repurposed into cleaning rags. That kind of thing. Recycling.

As well, things breed in my house. Coffee mugs, bowls, books — oh my, do the books ever breed! — notebooks, and stuff I use in my hobbies — beads and pretty paper and that sort of thing. They breed. You should see my TBR (to-be-read) pile(s) —that's one on the right. I blurred the titles.)  A tactful (cough splutter) friend once said to me, "You know Anne, this place would be really tidy if you just got rid of all the books and the papers."
Yes, but I'd rather cut off my arm! ( Probably. Actually, I quite like my arm.)

Hats1I love charity shops, and am very happy to give them anything they can sell. So I'm combing through my wardrobe and filling bags with the clothes and shoes I've hardly worn in the past year, and I'm looking at books that I know I'll never read again, and putting them in the charity box, too. And hats — I have so many hats, but I hardly ever wear a hat! So I'm culling hats, too. (The hats in the photo are just my everyday hats — I have lots more dress-up/silly hats.) And I'm even hardening my heart and tossing things in the rubbish bin. (Extreme behavior!)

It's a lovely feeling when you've cleared out a pile of stuff. I cleared out the bathroom cabinet yesterday and tossed a stack of half-used old tubes of hand cream and sunblock and old make-up and medicines — all kinds of things that were out of date. Today I keep going into the bathroom to admire all the gleaming, empty shelf space. <g> 

I wish I were the kind of person who did this as an everyday thing. I had an aunt whose house was like a display home, and every drawer and cupboard contained something completely unknown in my house — empty spaces!  But I'm not that kind of person and never will be, so every few years there's a frenzy of decluttering and tossing.

What about you — are you an everyday declutterer or is it the occasional frenzy for you?

140 thoughts on “Out with the old . . .”

  1. I’m not a hoarder, but I do tend to hold on to things as long as I have a place to store them. About the time that I retired 10 years ago, I decided it was time to start letting go of things. I don’t do it all the time, but sporadically I will start pitching out (either giving or throwing away) things I have not used in a year. I’m just always amazed at the amount of stuff I have accumulated.

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  2. I’m not a hoarder, but I do tend to hold on to things as long as I have a place to store them. About the time that I retired 10 years ago, I decided it was time to start letting go of things. I don’t do it all the time, but sporadically I will start pitching out (either giving or throwing away) things I have not used in a year. I’m just always amazed at the amount of stuff I have accumulated.

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  3. I’m not a hoarder, but I do tend to hold on to things as long as I have a place to store them. About the time that I retired 10 years ago, I decided it was time to start letting go of things. I don’t do it all the time, but sporadically I will start pitching out (either giving or throwing away) things I have not used in a year. I’m just always amazed at the amount of stuff I have accumulated.

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  4. I’m not a hoarder, but I do tend to hold on to things as long as I have a place to store them. About the time that I retired 10 years ago, I decided it was time to start letting go of things. I don’t do it all the time, but sporadically I will start pitching out (either giving or throwing away) things I have not used in a year. I’m just always amazed at the amount of stuff I have accumulated.

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  5. I’m not a hoarder, but I do tend to hold on to things as long as I have a place to store them. About the time that I retired 10 years ago, I decided it was time to start letting go of things. I don’t do it all the time, but sporadically I will start pitching out (either giving or throwing away) things I have not used in a year. I’m just always amazed at the amount of stuff I have accumulated.

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  6. I find it difficult to get rid of clothing that “might” fit me again. I tend to buy classics, so they never go out of style. But my closet contains multiples of black pants in various sizes, etc. Luckily I’m not a shoe or hat person because that could get out of control in a hurry. But you’re right: it is a wonderful feeling when you clear away what you are not using and give it to someone who needs it.

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  7. I find it difficult to get rid of clothing that “might” fit me again. I tend to buy classics, so they never go out of style. But my closet contains multiples of black pants in various sizes, etc. Luckily I’m not a shoe or hat person because that could get out of control in a hurry. But you’re right: it is a wonderful feeling when you clear away what you are not using and give it to someone who needs it.

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  8. I find it difficult to get rid of clothing that “might” fit me again. I tend to buy classics, so they never go out of style. But my closet contains multiples of black pants in various sizes, etc. Luckily I’m not a shoe or hat person because that could get out of control in a hurry. But you’re right: it is a wonderful feeling when you clear away what you are not using and give it to someone who needs it.

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  9. I find it difficult to get rid of clothing that “might” fit me again. I tend to buy classics, so they never go out of style. But my closet contains multiples of black pants in various sizes, etc. Luckily I’m not a shoe or hat person because that could get out of control in a hurry. But you’re right: it is a wonderful feeling when you clear away what you are not using and give it to someone who needs it.

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  10. I find it difficult to get rid of clothing that “might” fit me again. I tend to buy classics, so they never go out of style. But my closet contains multiples of black pants in various sizes, etc. Luckily I’m not a shoe or hat person because that could get out of control in a hurry. But you’re right: it is a wonderful feeling when you clear away what you are not using and give it to someone who needs it.

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  11. Oh, Anne, I SO hear you! Our parents had the Depression era frugality and we inherited it. Like you, I’m making some attempt to thin the stuff, but with limited success so far.
    The one thing I tend to go really overboard on is scarves, but at least they don’t take up much space…..

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  12. Oh, Anne, I SO hear you! Our parents had the Depression era frugality and we inherited it. Like you, I’m making some attempt to thin the stuff, but with limited success so far.
    The one thing I tend to go really overboard on is scarves, but at least they don’t take up much space…..

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  13. Oh, Anne, I SO hear you! Our parents had the Depression era frugality and we inherited it. Like you, I’m making some attempt to thin the stuff, but with limited success so far.
    The one thing I tend to go really overboard on is scarves, but at least they don’t take up much space…..

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  14. Oh, Anne, I SO hear you! Our parents had the Depression era frugality and we inherited it. Like you, I’m making some attempt to thin the stuff, but with limited success so far.
    The one thing I tend to go really overboard on is scarves, but at least they don’t take up much space…..

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  15. Oh, Anne, I SO hear you! Our parents had the Depression era frugality and we inherited it. Like you, I’m making some attempt to thin the stuff, but with limited success so far.
    The one thing I tend to go really overboard on is scarves, but at least they don’t take up much space…..

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  16. From what people tell me my place would make a fantastic episode on the tv show about hoarders. I moverd late last year and used it as an opportunity to rimd myself of a lot of things. I’m culling my clothes and will cut my plain tee shirts and the like into small cleaning rags that I can use once ou twice then toss.

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  17. From what people tell me my place would make a fantastic episode on the tv show about hoarders. I moverd late last year and used it as an opportunity to rimd myself of a lot of things. I’m culling my clothes and will cut my plain tee shirts and the like into small cleaning rags that I can use once ou twice then toss.

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  18. From what people tell me my place would make a fantastic episode on the tv show about hoarders. I moverd late last year and used it as an opportunity to rimd myself of a lot of things. I’m culling my clothes and will cut my plain tee shirts and the like into small cleaning rags that I can use once ou twice then toss.

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  19. From what people tell me my place would make a fantastic episode on the tv show about hoarders. I moverd late last year and used it as an opportunity to rimd myself of a lot of things. I’m culling my clothes and will cut my plain tee shirts and the like into small cleaning rags that I can use once ou twice then toss.

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  20. From what people tell me my place would make a fantastic episode on the tv show about hoarders. I moverd late last year and used it as an opportunity to rimd myself of a lot of things. I’m culling my clothes and will cut my plain tee shirts and the like into small cleaning rags that I can use once ou twice then toss.

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  21. I’m the same, Mary — where did all that stuff come from? LOL And having a place to store them is key, I agree. I have very little storage space in this house — no closets, no linen press, etc — and they’ll be a priority when I renovate.

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  22. I’m the same, Mary — where did all that stuff come from? LOL And having a place to store them is key, I agree. I have very little storage space in this house — no closets, no linen press, etc — and they’ll be a priority when I renovate.

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  23. I’m the same, Mary — where did all that stuff come from? LOL And having a place to store them is key, I agree. I have very little storage space in this house — no closets, no linen press, etc — and they’ll be a priority when I renovate.

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  24. I’m the same, Mary — where did all that stuff come from? LOL And having a place to store them is key, I agree. I have very little storage space in this house — no closets, no linen press, etc — and they’ll be a priority when I renovate.

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  25. I’m the same, Mary — where did all that stuff come from? LOL And having a place to store them is key, I agree. I have very little storage space in this house — no closets, no linen press, etc — and they’ll be a priority when I renovate.

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  26. Kathy, it was very liberating to pack up the clothes I had that were too big or too small and put them out for the charity collection. It was also quite fun trying everything on and deciding keep or toss.

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  27. Kathy, it was very liberating to pack up the clothes I had that were too big or too small and put them out for the charity collection. It was also quite fun trying everything on and deciding keep or toss.

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  28. Kathy, it was very liberating to pack up the clothes I had that were too big or too small and put them out for the charity collection. It was also quite fun trying everything on and deciding keep or toss.

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  29. Kathy, it was very liberating to pack up the clothes I had that were too big or too small and put them out for the charity collection. It was also quite fun trying everything on and deciding keep or toss.

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  30. Kathy, it was very liberating to pack up the clothes I had that were too big or too small and put them out for the charity collection. It was also quite fun trying everything on and deciding keep or toss.

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  31. I have a long-established system for clothing. Once or twice a year, I go through my closet and turn all the hangers backward so the hooks come over the back of the hanging bar. I hang things I wear in the usual way. When it’s time to re-evaluate, I pull out the “worn” pieces first checking to see if any need repair or replacement. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the unworn pieces still in the closet are reviewed with an eye to donate, consign or trash leaving my closet empty. I return the “worns” to the closet with hangers again turned backwards. I haven’t had a system for shoes and they’ve gotten really out of hand so this year I have tucked a small post it note inside the right shoe of each pair. I’ll remove the post it as I wear the shoes making the Great Shoe Purge easy.

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  32. I have a long-established system for clothing. Once or twice a year, I go through my closet and turn all the hangers backward so the hooks come over the back of the hanging bar. I hang things I wear in the usual way. When it’s time to re-evaluate, I pull out the “worn” pieces first checking to see if any need repair or replacement. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the unworn pieces still in the closet are reviewed with an eye to donate, consign or trash leaving my closet empty. I return the “worns” to the closet with hangers again turned backwards. I haven’t had a system for shoes and they’ve gotten really out of hand so this year I have tucked a small post it note inside the right shoe of each pair. I’ll remove the post it as I wear the shoes making the Great Shoe Purge easy.

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  33. I have a long-established system for clothing. Once or twice a year, I go through my closet and turn all the hangers backward so the hooks come over the back of the hanging bar. I hang things I wear in the usual way. When it’s time to re-evaluate, I pull out the “worn” pieces first checking to see if any need repair or replacement. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the unworn pieces still in the closet are reviewed with an eye to donate, consign or trash leaving my closet empty. I return the “worns” to the closet with hangers again turned backwards. I haven’t had a system for shoes and they’ve gotten really out of hand so this year I have tucked a small post it note inside the right shoe of each pair. I’ll remove the post it as I wear the shoes making the Great Shoe Purge easy.

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  34. I have a long-established system for clothing. Once or twice a year, I go through my closet and turn all the hangers backward so the hooks come over the back of the hanging bar. I hang things I wear in the usual way. When it’s time to re-evaluate, I pull out the “worn” pieces first checking to see if any need repair or replacement. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the unworn pieces still in the closet are reviewed with an eye to donate, consign or trash leaving my closet empty. I return the “worns” to the closet with hangers again turned backwards. I haven’t had a system for shoes and they’ve gotten really out of hand so this year I have tucked a small post it note inside the right shoe of each pair. I’ll remove the post it as I wear the shoes making the Great Shoe Purge easy.

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  35. I have a long-established system for clothing. Once or twice a year, I go through my closet and turn all the hangers backward so the hooks come over the back of the hanging bar. I hang things I wear in the usual way. When it’s time to re-evaluate, I pull out the “worn” pieces first checking to see if any need repair or replacement. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the unworn pieces still in the closet are reviewed with an eye to donate, consign or trash leaving my closet empty. I return the “worns” to the closet with hangers again turned backwards. I haven’t had a system for shoes and they’ve gotten really out of hand so this year I have tucked a small post it note inside the right shoe of each pair. I’ll remove the post it as I wear the shoes making the Great Shoe Purge easy.

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  36. Carol, that sounds like a great system. My trouble is, as soon as I’ve given something away, I need it. It’s happened often enough to make me hesitate. Or that’s my excuse, anyway.

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  37. Carol, that sounds like a great system. My trouble is, as soon as I’ve given something away, I need it. It’s happened often enough to make me hesitate. Or that’s my excuse, anyway.

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  38. Carol, that sounds like a great system. My trouble is, as soon as I’ve given something away, I need it. It’s happened often enough to make me hesitate. Or that’s my excuse, anyway.

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  39. Carol, that sounds like a great system. My trouble is, as soon as I’ve given something away, I need it. It’s happened often enough to make me hesitate. Or that’s my excuse, anyway.

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  40. Carol, that sounds like a great system. My trouble is, as soon as I’ve given something away, I need it. It’s happened often enough to make me hesitate. Or that’s my excuse, anyway.

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  41. I try to be an everyday declutterer but it never seems to work. Oh, I’m very good at it for a few days, sometimes a whole week, but, eventually, I fall back into my old habits. I’ve spent the past three days shredding paper. So. Much. Paper. Today, I’m sorting through books. Getting rid of books is probably my most difficult task – like tossing old friends aside – but I’m determined to be ruthless. Some will go to charity, some to the library for fundraisers, and some for giveaways at my blog. I console myself with the knowledge that they will all end up in new homes where, hopefully, new people will fall in love with favorite characters and become fans of favorite authors…like you, Anne! I’m saving my clothes closet for later. A body can only take so much in one week. *grin*

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  42. I try to be an everyday declutterer but it never seems to work. Oh, I’m very good at it for a few days, sometimes a whole week, but, eventually, I fall back into my old habits. I’ve spent the past three days shredding paper. So. Much. Paper. Today, I’m sorting through books. Getting rid of books is probably my most difficult task – like tossing old friends aside – but I’m determined to be ruthless. Some will go to charity, some to the library for fundraisers, and some for giveaways at my blog. I console myself with the knowledge that they will all end up in new homes where, hopefully, new people will fall in love with favorite characters and become fans of favorite authors…like you, Anne! I’m saving my clothes closet for later. A body can only take so much in one week. *grin*

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  43. I try to be an everyday declutterer but it never seems to work. Oh, I’m very good at it for a few days, sometimes a whole week, but, eventually, I fall back into my old habits. I’ve spent the past three days shredding paper. So. Much. Paper. Today, I’m sorting through books. Getting rid of books is probably my most difficult task – like tossing old friends aside – but I’m determined to be ruthless. Some will go to charity, some to the library for fundraisers, and some for giveaways at my blog. I console myself with the knowledge that they will all end up in new homes where, hopefully, new people will fall in love with favorite characters and become fans of favorite authors…like you, Anne! I’m saving my clothes closet for later. A body can only take so much in one week. *grin*

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  44. I try to be an everyday declutterer but it never seems to work. Oh, I’m very good at it for a few days, sometimes a whole week, but, eventually, I fall back into my old habits. I’ve spent the past three days shredding paper. So. Much. Paper. Today, I’m sorting through books. Getting rid of books is probably my most difficult task – like tossing old friends aside – but I’m determined to be ruthless. Some will go to charity, some to the library for fundraisers, and some for giveaways at my blog. I console myself with the knowledge that they will all end up in new homes where, hopefully, new people will fall in love with favorite characters and become fans of favorite authors…like you, Anne! I’m saving my clothes closet for later. A body can only take so much in one week. *grin*

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  45. I try to be an everyday declutterer but it never seems to work. Oh, I’m very good at it for a few days, sometimes a whole week, but, eventually, I fall back into my old habits. I’ve spent the past three days shredding paper. So. Much. Paper. Today, I’m sorting through books. Getting rid of books is probably my most difficult task – like tossing old friends aside – but I’m determined to be ruthless. Some will go to charity, some to the library for fundraisers, and some for giveaways at my blog. I console myself with the knowledge that they will all end up in new homes where, hopefully, new people will fall in love with favorite characters and become fans of favorite authors…like you, Anne! I’m saving my clothes closet for later. A body can only take so much in one week. *grin*

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  46. I ‘collect”! I just retired from 47 years at the same library and it is amazing at the amount of ‘stuff’ I had accumulated during that time! Plants, set-aside book donations, little odd-ments…it took me a month to drag everything home. To make things even more difficult, I weeded both the non-fiction and the mystery collection before I left and kept coming across books that looked interesting or were old favorites. You guessed it! About a dozen boxes later…
    Add to the above the fact that I moved two years ago from a home that I had lived in for almost 60 years into one that was about 1/3rd the space. I literally got rid of about 25 boxes of books (and kept just as many!). I now have a “storage unit library”.
    I think it’s a disease…

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  47. I ‘collect”! I just retired from 47 years at the same library and it is amazing at the amount of ‘stuff’ I had accumulated during that time! Plants, set-aside book donations, little odd-ments…it took me a month to drag everything home. To make things even more difficult, I weeded both the non-fiction and the mystery collection before I left and kept coming across books that looked interesting or were old favorites. You guessed it! About a dozen boxes later…
    Add to the above the fact that I moved two years ago from a home that I had lived in for almost 60 years into one that was about 1/3rd the space. I literally got rid of about 25 boxes of books (and kept just as many!). I now have a “storage unit library”.
    I think it’s a disease…

    Reply
  48. I ‘collect”! I just retired from 47 years at the same library and it is amazing at the amount of ‘stuff’ I had accumulated during that time! Plants, set-aside book donations, little odd-ments…it took me a month to drag everything home. To make things even more difficult, I weeded both the non-fiction and the mystery collection before I left and kept coming across books that looked interesting or were old favorites. You guessed it! About a dozen boxes later…
    Add to the above the fact that I moved two years ago from a home that I had lived in for almost 60 years into one that was about 1/3rd the space. I literally got rid of about 25 boxes of books (and kept just as many!). I now have a “storage unit library”.
    I think it’s a disease…

    Reply
  49. I ‘collect”! I just retired from 47 years at the same library and it is amazing at the amount of ‘stuff’ I had accumulated during that time! Plants, set-aside book donations, little odd-ments…it took me a month to drag everything home. To make things even more difficult, I weeded both the non-fiction and the mystery collection before I left and kept coming across books that looked interesting or were old favorites. You guessed it! About a dozen boxes later…
    Add to the above the fact that I moved two years ago from a home that I had lived in for almost 60 years into one that was about 1/3rd the space. I literally got rid of about 25 boxes of books (and kept just as many!). I now have a “storage unit library”.
    I think it’s a disease…

    Reply
  50. I ‘collect”! I just retired from 47 years at the same library and it is amazing at the amount of ‘stuff’ I had accumulated during that time! Plants, set-aside book donations, little odd-ments…it took me a month to drag everything home. To make things even more difficult, I weeded both the non-fiction and the mystery collection before I left and kept coming across books that looked interesting or were old favorites. You guessed it! About a dozen boxes later…
    Add to the above the fact that I moved two years ago from a home that I had lived in for almost 60 years into one that was about 1/3rd the space. I literally got rid of about 25 boxes of books (and kept just as many!). I now have a “storage unit library”.
    I think it’s a disease…

    Reply
  51. I do both…maniacal purging and every day purging. I’ve had 2 “spells” of mania lately which helped some but….things are so out of control I need to up the every day purging.
    What I have found is that the more I purge, the easier it is to get rid of stuff. Very little goes in the trash. Recycle, find a new home, charity..
    I saved 30 years, it may for all I know be 50 years! of birthday and Christmas cards. What do I need those for…but my sister is a media specialist at a middle school and she lets the kids take bookmarks for every book they check out. So…now I’m turning the suitable cards into book marks. Trash to treasure.
    Same thing with umpteen million pictures of mountains, birds, bushes, flowers, scenery, sunsets and dawns,vacation pictures of who knows what. Turn them into book marks. I actually have fun chopping the pictures up because sometimes the bookmarks are much more stunning than the picture ever was!
    As for weeding out books…I haven’t done a deliberate purge in awhile of things I’ve kept. I do try to purge as I read them. Keep? nope. After they come back to me from my sister’s I move them on.
    I do need to bite the bullet on my non-fiction books and thin them out…
    I found I could purge those areas if I had a good purpose. Just tossing wasn’t working for me.
    The other thing that is currently working is that I’ve got a little notebook I write down everything I’m moving on, even if it is a pen! After just a few weeks it was amazing how much I’d moved on even though it doesn’t always look that way. After all, purging a desk drawer isn’t visible to anyone but me. But there in black and white is what I did get rid of.

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  52. I do both…maniacal purging and every day purging. I’ve had 2 “spells” of mania lately which helped some but….things are so out of control I need to up the every day purging.
    What I have found is that the more I purge, the easier it is to get rid of stuff. Very little goes in the trash. Recycle, find a new home, charity..
    I saved 30 years, it may for all I know be 50 years! of birthday and Christmas cards. What do I need those for…but my sister is a media specialist at a middle school and she lets the kids take bookmarks for every book they check out. So…now I’m turning the suitable cards into book marks. Trash to treasure.
    Same thing with umpteen million pictures of mountains, birds, bushes, flowers, scenery, sunsets and dawns,vacation pictures of who knows what. Turn them into book marks. I actually have fun chopping the pictures up because sometimes the bookmarks are much more stunning than the picture ever was!
    As for weeding out books…I haven’t done a deliberate purge in awhile of things I’ve kept. I do try to purge as I read them. Keep? nope. After they come back to me from my sister’s I move them on.
    I do need to bite the bullet on my non-fiction books and thin them out…
    I found I could purge those areas if I had a good purpose. Just tossing wasn’t working for me.
    The other thing that is currently working is that I’ve got a little notebook I write down everything I’m moving on, even if it is a pen! After just a few weeks it was amazing how much I’d moved on even though it doesn’t always look that way. After all, purging a desk drawer isn’t visible to anyone but me. But there in black and white is what I did get rid of.

    Reply
  53. I do both…maniacal purging and every day purging. I’ve had 2 “spells” of mania lately which helped some but….things are so out of control I need to up the every day purging.
    What I have found is that the more I purge, the easier it is to get rid of stuff. Very little goes in the trash. Recycle, find a new home, charity..
    I saved 30 years, it may for all I know be 50 years! of birthday and Christmas cards. What do I need those for…but my sister is a media specialist at a middle school and she lets the kids take bookmarks for every book they check out. So…now I’m turning the suitable cards into book marks. Trash to treasure.
    Same thing with umpteen million pictures of mountains, birds, bushes, flowers, scenery, sunsets and dawns,vacation pictures of who knows what. Turn them into book marks. I actually have fun chopping the pictures up because sometimes the bookmarks are much more stunning than the picture ever was!
    As for weeding out books…I haven’t done a deliberate purge in awhile of things I’ve kept. I do try to purge as I read them. Keep? nope. After they come back to me from my sister’s I move them on.
    I do need to bite the bullet on my non-fiction books and thin them out…
    I found I could purge those areas if I had a good purpose. Just tossing wasn’t working for me.
    The other thing that is currently working is that I’ve got a little notebook I write down everything I’m moving on, even if it is a pen! After just a few weeks it was amazing how much I’d moved on even though it doesn’t always look that way. After all, purging a desk drawer isn’t visible to anyone but me. But there in black and white is what I did get rid of.

    Reply
  54. I do both…maniacal purging and every day purging. I’ve had 2 “spells” of mania lately which helped some but….things are so out of control I need to up the every day purging.
    What I have found is that the more I purge, the easier it is to get rid of stuff. Very little goes in the trash. Recycle, find a new home, charity..
    I saved 30 years, it may for all I know be 50 years! of birthday and Christmas cards. What do I need those for…but my sister is a media specialist at a middle school and she lets the kids take bookmarks for every book they check out. So…now I’m turning the suitable cards into book marks. Trash to treasure.
    Same thing with umpteen million pictures of mountains, birds, bushes, flowers, scenery, sunsets and dawns,vacation pictures of who knows what. Turn them into book marks. I actually have fun chopping the pictures up because sometimes the bookmarks are much more stunning than the picture ever was!
    As for weeding out books…I haven’t done a deliberate purge in awhile of things I’ve kept. I do try to purge as I read them. Keep? nope. After they come back to me from my sister’s I move them on.
    I do need to bite the bullet on my non-fiction books and thin them out…
    I found I could purge those areas if I had a good purpose. Just tossing wasn’t working for me.
    The other thing that is currently working is that I’ve got a little notebook I write down everything I’m moving on, even if it is a pen! After just a few weeks it was amazing how much I’d moved on even though it doesn’t always look that way. After all, purging a desk drawer isn’t visible to anyone but me. But there in black and white is what I did get rid of.

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  55. I do both…maniacal purging and every day purging. I’ve had 2 “spells” of mania lately which helped some but….things are so out of control I need to up the every day purging.
    What I have found is that the more I purge, the easier it is to get rid of stuff. Very little goes in the trash. Recycle, find a new home, charity..
    I saved 30 years, it may for all I know be 50 years! of birthday and Christmas cards. What do I need those for…but my sister is a media specialist at a middle school and she lets the kids take bookmarks for every book they check out. So…now I’m turning the suitable cards into book marks. Trash to treasure.
    Same thing with umpteen million pictures of mountains, birds, bushes, flowers, scenery, sunsets and dawns,vacation pictures of who knows what. Turn them into book marks. I actually have fun chopping the pictures up because sometimes the bookmarks are much more stunning than the picture ever was!
    As for weeding out books…I haven’t done a deliberate purge in awhile of things I’ve kept. I do try to purge as I read them. Keep? nope. After they come back to me from my sister’s I move them on.
    I do need to bite the bullet on my non-fiction books and thin them out…
    I found I could purge those areas if I had a good purpose. Just tossing wasn’t working for me.
    The other thing that is currently working is that I’ve got a little notebook I write down everything I’m moving on, even if it is a pen! After just a few weeks it was amazing how much I’d moved on even though it doesn’t always look that way. After all, purging a desk drawer isn’t visible to anyone but me. But there in black and white is what I did get rid of.

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  56. Hallo, Hallo Ms Gracie,
    I rarely part with my books – the only times I feel justified in parting with one is if they were an immediate DNF or a story I read more in length but realised it simply wasn’t my cuppa. In that regard, I can understand purging through books — however, the rest of it? I love a lived in existence when it comes to homes – it gives you a better sense of people’s personalities and it has that cosy comforting feel too.
    Generally though, my fam did Spring cleanings but sometimes those become Winter cleans! lol Overall though, it is more like whenever you feel in the mood to declutter and put things back to rights.
    Thanks for giving me such an enjoyable read – I’ve missed visiting with you and I’m looking forward to a better year this New Year’s 2019 where I can read again about your readerly and writerly lives.

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  57. Hallo, Hallo Ms Gracie,
    I rarely part with my books – the only times I feel justified in parting with one is if they were an immediate DNF or a story I read more in length but realised it simply wasn’t my cuppa. In that regard, I can understand purging through books — however, the rest of it? I love a lived in existence when it comes to homes – it gives you a better sense of people’s personalities and it has that cosy comforting feel too.
    Generally though, my fam did Spring cleanings but sometimes those become Winter cleans! lol Overall though, it is more like whenever you feel in the mood to declutter and put things back to rights.
    Thanks for giving me such an enjoyable read – I’ve missed visiting with you and I’m looking forward to a better year this New Year’s 2019 where I can read again about your readerly and writerly lives.

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  58. Hallo, Hallo Ms Gracie,
    I rarely part with my books – the only times I feel justified in parting with one is if they were an immediate DNF or a story I read more in length but realised it simply wasn’t my cuppa. In that regard, I can understand purging through books — however, the rest of it? I love a lived in existence when it comes to homes – it gives you a better sense of people’s personalities and it has that cosy comforting feel too.
    Generally though, my fam did Spring cleanings but sometimes those become Winter cleans! lol Overall though, it is more like whenever you feel in the mood to declutter and put things back to rights.
    Thanks for giving me such an enjoyable read – I’ve missed visiting with you and I’m looking forward to a better year this New Year’s 2019 where I can read again about your readerly and writerly lives.

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  59. Hallo, Hallo Ms Gracie,
    I rarely part with my books – the only times I feel justified in parting with one is if they were an immediate DNF or a story I read more in length but realised it simply wasn’t my cuppa. In that regard, I can understand purging through books — however, the rest of it? I love a lived in existence when it comes to homes – it gives you a better sense of people’s personalities and it has that cosy comforting feel too.
    Generally though, my fam did Spring cleanings but sometimes those become Winter cleans! lol Overall though, it is more like whenever you feel in the mood to declutter and put things back to rights.
    Thanks for giving me such an enjoyable read – I’ve missed visiting with you and I’m looking forward to a better year this New Year’s 2019 where I can read again about your readerly and writerly lives.

    Reply
  60. Hallo, Hallo Ms Gracie,
    I rarely part with my books – the only times I feel justified in parting with one is if they were an immediate DNF or a story I read more in length but realised it simply wasn’t my cuppa. In that regard, I can understand purging through books — however, the rest of it? I love a lived in existence when it comes to homes – it gives you a better sense of people’s personalities and it has that cosy comforting feel too.
    Generally though, my fam did Spring cleanings but sometimes those become Winter cleans! lol Overall though, it is more like whenever you feel in the mood to declutter and put things back to rights.
    Thanks for giving me such an enjoyable read – I’ve missed visiting with you and I’m looking forward to a better year this New Year’s 2019 where I can read again about your readerly and writerly lives.

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  61. PJ, I’m with you on the getting rid of books. It’s very hard. A friend of mine did a huge declutter a couple of years ago and got rid of 3000 books!! I’m trying to be inspired by her. As for the clothes, I’m doing one drawer at a time. Happy new year.

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  62. PJ, I’m with you on the getting rid of books. It’s very hard. A friend of mine did a huge declutter a couple of years ago and got rid of 3000 books!! I’m trying to be inspired by her. As for the clothes, I’m doing one drawer at a time. Happy new year.

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  63. PJ, I’m with you on the getting rid of books. It’s very hard. A friend of mine did a huge declutter a couple of years ago and got rid of 3000 books!! I’m trying to be inspired by her. As for the clothes, I’m doing one drawer at a time. Happy new year.

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  64. PJ, I’m with you on the getting rid of books. It’s very hard. A friend of mine did a huge declutter a couple of years ago and got rid of 3000 books!! I’m trying to be inspired by her. As for the clothes, I’m doing one drawer at a time. Happy new year.

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  65. PJ, I’m with you on the getting rid of books. It’s very hard. A friend of mine did a huge declutter a couple of years ago and got rid of 3000 books!! I’m trying to be inspired by her. As for the clothes, I’m doing one drawer at a time. Happy new year.

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  66. Linda, I think we share the same disease. I have books that I know I’ll never read again, but I want to keep them because they were part of my life, and feel a bit like friends. I have old library discard books from when I was a child and my oldest sister was a librarian and used to bring them home for the little bookworm. A friend of mine keeps saying that I need to get those movable storage shelves that library basements have, but I resist.

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  67. Linda, I think we share the same disease. I have books that I know I’ll never read again, but I want to keep them because they were part of my life, and feel a bit like friends. I have old library discard books from when I was a child and my oldest sister was a librarian and used to bring them home for the little bookworm. A friend of mine keeps saying that I need to get those movable storage shelves that library basements have, but I resist.

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  68. Linda, I think we share the same disease. I have books that I know I’ll never read again, but I want to keep them because they were part of my life, and feel a bit like friends. I have old library discard books from when I was a child and my oldest sister was a librarian and used to bring them home for the little bookworm. A friend of mine keeps saying that I need to get those movable storage shelves that library basements have, but I resist.

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  69. Linda, I think we share the same disease. I have books that I know I’ll never read again, but I want to keep them because they were part of my life, and feel a bit like friends. I have old library discard books from when I was a child and my oldest sister was a librarian and used to bring them home for the little bookworm. A friend of mine keeps saying that I need to get those movable storage shelves that library basements have, but I resist.

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  70. Linda, I think we share the same disease. I have books that I know I’ll never read again, but I want to keep them because they were part of my life, and feel a bit like friends. I have old library discard books from when I was a child and my oldest sister was a librarian and used to bring them home for the little bookworm. A friend of mine keeps saying that I need to get those movable storage shelves that library basements have, but I resist.

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  71. Vicki, you’re right in that the more you purge the easier it gets. And for me, finding a home for things makes it easier, too. I like your idea of writing down everything you purge. I did that when I gave all my vinyl records away — wrote them all down. And when I find myself missing some LP or other, I can always download it onto the computer. Thanks for the suggestions and the encouragement.

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  72. Vicki, you’re right in that the more you purge the easier it gets. And for me, finding a home for things makes it easier, too. I like your idea of writing down everything you purge. I did that when I gave all my vinyl records away — wrote them all down. And when I find myself missing some LP or other, I can always download it onto the computer. Thanks for the suggestions and the encouragement.

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  73. Vicki, you’re right in that the more you purge the easier it gets. And for me, finding a home for things makes it easier, too. I like your idea of writing down everything you purge. I did that when I gave all my vinyl records away — wrote them all down. And when I find myself missing some LP or other, I can always download it onto the computer. Thanks for the suggestions and the encouragement.

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  74. Vicki, you’re right in that the more you purge the easier it gets. And for me, finding a home for things makes it easier, too. I like your idea of writing down everything you purge. I did that when I gave all my vinyl records away — wrote them all down. And when I find myself missing some LP or other, I can always download it onto the computer. Thanks for the suggestions and the encouragement.

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  75. Vicki, you’re right in that the more you purge the easier it gets. And for me, finding a home for things makes it easier, too. I like your idea of writing down everything you purge. I did that when I gave all my vinyl records away — wrote them all down. And when I find myself missing some LP or other, I can always download it onto the computer. Thanks for the suggestions and the encouragement.

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  76. Hi there, Jorie — so nice to have you drop in again. I kind of do that with the DNF books, only sometimes the problem isn’t with a book, it’s that I’m not in the right mood for it. So I keep it, just in case. Here’s hoping you have a better year in 2019 and that we see you popping in from time to time. Take care. xx

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  77. Hi there, Jorie — so nice to have you drop in again. I kind of do that with the DNF books, only sometimes the problem isn’t with a book, it’s that I’m not in the right mood for it. So I keep it, just in case. Here’s hoping you have a better year in 2019 and that we see you popping in from time to time. Take care. xx

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  78. Hi there, Jorie — so nice to have you drop in again. I kind of do that with the DNF books, only sometimes the problem isn’t with a book, it’s that I’m not in the right mood for it. So I keep it, just in case. Here’s hoping you have a better year in 2019 and that we see you popping in from time to time. Take care. xx

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  79. Hi there, Jorie — so nice to have you drop in again. I kind of do that with the DNF books, only sometimes the problem isn’t with a book, it’s that I’m not in the right mood for it. So I keep it, just in case. Here’s hoping you have a better year in 2019 and that we see you popping in from time to time. Take care. xx

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  80. Hi there, Jorie — so nice to have you drop in again. I kind of do that with the DNF books, only sometimes the problem isn’t with a book, it’s that I’m not in the right mood for it. So I keep it, just in case. Here’s hoping you have a better year in 2019 and that we see you popping in from time to time. Take care. xx

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  81. When I moved to smaller quarters, I had to be very strict about “what made the cut”. A lot of beloved books went to a charity for local police (it’s called Book ‘Em ) and in their stead I ordered replacements on Kindle, so I could read them again sometime. I practice now the “one in and one out” rule which helps…..when I follow it, ahem. Mugs are an issue—-they breed in my cupboards too, but then again, what else is a CUP board to hold, I ask? I miss my small juice glasses, not that I can’t and do use larger glasses for that beverage, but the small ones were so JUST RIGHT. I left the business world a year+ ago and it has taken me time to realize which clothes are just not in my NEED ONE anymore, but they would and will fit another woman, perhaps one who is just starting out and who needs a cashmere sweater to look elegant and fine. I like to imagine my things in their second life being cherished and appreciated….I hope they are as they deserve that one more day.

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  82. When I moved to smaller quarters, I had to be very strict about “what made the cut”. A lot of beloved books went to a charity for local police (it’s called Book ‘Em ) and in their stead I ordered replacements on Kindle, so I could read them again sometime. I practice now the “one in and one out” rule which helps…..when I follow it, ahem. Mugs are an issue—-they breed in my cupboards too, but then again, what else is a CUP board to hold, I ask? I miss my small juice glasses, not that I can’t and do use larger glasses for that beverage, but the small ones were so JUST RIGHT. I left the business world a year+ ago and it has taken me time to realize which clothes are just not in my NEED ONE anymore, but they would and will fit another woman, perhaps one who is just starting out and who needs a cashmere sweater to look elegant and fine. I like to imagine my things in their second life being cherished and appreciated….I hope they are as they deserve that one more day.

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  83. When I moved to smaller quarters, I had to be very strict about “what made the cut”. A lot of beloved books went to a charity for local police (it’s called Book ‘Em ) and in their stead I ordered replacements on Kindle, so I could read them again sometime. I practice now the “one in and one out” rule which helps…..when I follow it, ahem. Mugs are an issue—-they breed in my cupboards too, but then again, what else is a CUP board to hold, I ask? I miss my small juice glasses, not that I can’t and do use larger glasses for that beverage, but the small ones were so JUST RIGHT. I left the business world a year+ ago and it has taken me time to realize which clothes are just not in my NEED ONE anymore, but they would and will fit another woman, perhaps one who is just starting out and who needs a cashmere sweater to look elegant and fine. I like to imagine my things in their second life being cherished and appreciated….I hope they are as they deserve that one more day.

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  84. When I moved to smaller quarters, I had to be very strict about “what made the cut”. A lot of beloved books went to a charity for local police (it’s called Book ‘Em ) and in their stead I ordered replacements on Kindle, so I could read them again sometime. I practice now the “one in and one out” rule which helps…..when I follow it, ahem. Mugs are an issue—-they breed in my cupboards too, but then again, what else is a CUP board to hold, I ask? I miss my small juice glasses, not that I can’t and do use larger glasses for that beverage, but the small ones were so JUST RIGHT. I left the business world a year+ ago and it has taken me time to realize which clothes are just not in my NEED ONE anymore, but they would and will fit another woman, perhaps one who is just starting out and who needs a cashmere sweater to look elegant and fine. I like to imagine my things in their second life being cherished and appreciated….I hope they are as they deserve that one more day.

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  85. When I moved to smaller quarters, I had to be very strict about “what made the cut”. A lot of beloved books went to a charity for local police (it’s called Book ‘Em ) and in their stead I ordered replacements on Kindle, so I could read them again sometime. I practice now the “one in and one out” rule which helps…..when I follow it, ahem. Mugs are an issue—-they breed in my cupboards too, but then again, what else is a CUP board to hold, I ask? I miss my small juice glasses, not that I can’t and do use larger glasses for that beverage, but the small ones were so JUST RIGHT. I left the business world a year+ ago and it has taken me time to realize which clothes are just not in my NEED ONE anymore, but they would and will fit another woman, perhaps one who is just starting out and who needs a cashmere sweater to look elegant and fine. I like to imagine my things in their second life being cherished and appreciated….I hope they are as they deserve that one more day.

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  86. I am a sporadic and nonsystematic declutterer.
    I have two clothing sizes in the closet (I trust I don’t have to explain why that would be) and I look at them from time to time with a view to packing some bags for donation, but then I think if I screw up I might need them again and I wind up just putting them back on the rack. My system, if it can be called that, is to keep a Donation Bag in the closet and put stuff in it as I think of it; when the bag is full, it gets hauled out to my car and I start another one. When there are enough bags in the car to make it worthwhile, I take them to Goodwill.
    Another way I declutter is to look in this or that drawer — do I have too many scarves? (Can one have too many scarves?) I take a couple with me when I lunch with a particular friend who’s fallen on hard times and ask if she might be able to use them. I tread carefully so as not to upset her dignity; I can only offer to help in small ways like scarves that I can make excuses about.
    I have another friend who loves a certain style of jewelry and when I find a piece I no longer wear that would suit her I pass that along to her. She wears something of those every time I see her, which I think is a cool gesture on her part.
    Today I packed up two old boomboxes and a radio that I no longer have a use for that are in the way now that I have bought myself new ones for Christmas. I suppose my overall decluttering plan is if it’s in the way, I am reminded that it ought to go and I get it gone. If it’s not in the way, I leave it to my heir to sort out; at least he’ll have fun wondering why the why I would have kept *that*.

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  87. I am a sporadic and nonsystematic declutterer.
    I have two clothing sizes in the closet (I trust I don’t have to explain why that would be) and I look at them from time to time with a view to packing some bags for donation, but then I think if I screw up I might need them again and I wind up just putting them back on the rack. My system, if it can be called that, is to keep a Donation Bag in the closet and put stuff in it as I think of it; when the bag is full, it gets hauled out to my car and I start another one. When there are enough bags in the car to make it worthwhile, I take them to Goodwill.
    Another way I declutter is to look in this or that drawer — do I have too many scarves? (Can one have too many scarves?) I take a couple with me when I lunch with a particular friend who’s fallen on hard times and ask if she might be able to use them. I tread carefully so as not to upset her dignity; I can only offer to help in small ways like scarves that I can make excuses about.
    I have another friend who loves a certain style of jewelry and when I find a piece I no longer wear that would suit her I pass that along to her. She wears something of those every time I see her, which I think is a cool gesture on her part.
    Today I packed up two old boomboxes and a radio that I no longer have a use for that are in the way now that I have bought myself new ones for Christmas. I suppose my overall decluttering plan is if it’s in the way, I am reminded that it ought to go and I get it gone. If it’s not in the way, I leave it to my heir to sort out; at least he’ll have fun wondering why the why I would have kept *that*.

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  88. I am a sporadic and nonsystematic declutterer.
    I have two clothing sizes in the closet (I trust I don’t have to explain why that would be) and I look at them from time to time with a view to packing some bags for donation, but then I think if I screw up I might need them again and I wind up just putting them back on the rack. My system, if it can be called that, is to keep a Donation Bag in the closet and put stuff in it as I think of it; when the bag is full, it gets hauled out to my car and I start another one. When there are enough bags in the car to make it worthwhile, I take them to Goodwill.
    Another way I declutter is to look in this or that drawer — do I have too many scarves? (Can one have too many scarves?) I take a couple with me when I lunch with a particular friend who’s fallen on hard times and ask if she might be able to use them. I tread carefully so as not to upset her dignity; I can only offer to help in small ways like scarves that I can make excuses about.
    I have another friend who loves a certain style of jewelry and when I find a piece I no longer wear that would suit her I pass that along to her. She wears something of those every time I see her, which I think is a cool gesture on her part.
    Today I packed up two old boomboxes and a radio that I no longer have a use for that are in the way now that I have bought myself new ones for Christmas. I suppose my overall decluttering plan is if it’s in the way, I am reminded that it ought to go and I get it gone. If it’s not in the way, I leave it to my heir to sort out; at least he’ll have fun wondering why the why I would have kept *that*.

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  89. I am a sporadic and nonsystematic declutterer.
    I have two clothing sizes in the closet (I trust I don’t have to explain why that would be) and I look at them from time to time with a view to packing some bags for donation, but then I think if I screw up I might need them again and I wind up just putting them back on the rack. My system, if it can be called that, is to keep a Donation Bag in the closet and put stuff in it as I think of it; when the bag is full, it gets hauled out to my car and I start another one. When there are enough bags in the car to make it worthwhile, I take them to Goodwill.
    Another way I declutter is to look in this or that drawer — do I have too many scarves? (Can one have too many scarves?) I take a couple with me when I lunch with a particular friend who’s fallen on hard times and ask if she might be able to use them. I tread carefully so as not to upset her dignity; I can only offer to help in small ways like scarves that I can make excuses about.
    I have another friend who loves a certain style of jewelry and when I find a piece I no longer wear that would suit her I pass that along to her. She wears something of those every time I see her, which I think is a cool gesture on her part.
    Today I packed up two old boomboxes and a radio that I no longer have a use for that are in the way now that I have bought myself new ones for Christmas. I suppose my overall decluttering plan is if it’s in the way, I am reminded that it ought to go and I get it gone. If it’s not in the way, I leave it to my heir to sort out; at least he’ll have fun wondering why the why I would have kept *that*.

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  90. I am a sporadic and nonsystematic declutterer.
    I have two clothing sizes in the closet (I trust I don’t have to explain why that would be) and I look at them from time to time with a view to packing some bags for donation, but then I think if I screw up I might need them again and I wind up just putting them back on the rack. My system, if it can be called that, is to keep a Donation Bag in the closet and put stuff in it as I think of it; when the bag is full, it gets hauled out to my car and I start another one. When there are enough bags in the car to make it worthwhile, I take them to Goodwill.
    Another way I declutter is to look in this or that drawer — do I have too many scarves? (Can one have too many scarves?) I take a couple with me when I lunch with a particular friend who’s fallen on hard times and ask if she might be able to use them. I tread carefully so as not to upset her dignity; I can only offer to help in small ways like scarves that I can make excuses about.
    I have another friend who loves a certain style of jewelry and when I find a piece I no longer wear that would suit her I pass that along to her. She wears something of those every time I see her, which I think is a cool gesture on her part.
    Today I packed up two old boomboxes and a radio that I no longer have a use for that are in the way now that I have bought myself new ones for Christmas. I suppose my overall decluttering plan is if it’s in the way, I am reminded that it ought to go and I get it gone. If it’s not in the way, I leave it to my heir to sort out; at least he’ll have fun wondering why the why I would have kept *that*.

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  91. I’m a continual de-clutterer mode, in fits & starts. I anticipate moving in a few years & don’t want to tackle everything in a rush. Also, I feel better in an organized space.

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  92. I’m a continual de-clutterer mode, in fits & starts. I anticipate moving in a few years & don’t want to tackle everything in a rush. Also, I feel better in an organized space.

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  93. I’m a continual de-clutterer mode, in fits & starts. I anticipate moving in a few years & don’t want to tackle everything in a rush. Also, I feel better in an organized space.

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  94. I’m a continual de-clutterer mode, in fits & starts. I anticipate moving in a few years & don’t want to tackle everything in a rush. Also, I feel better in an organized space.

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  95. I’m a continual de-clutterer mode, in fits & starts. I anticipate moving in a few years & don’t want to tackle everything in a rush. Also, I feel better in an organized space.

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  96. I go in spurts. I have been decluttering on and off for quite some time. I had a china set, service for 12. I do not big dinners anymore. The style was not what I would have chosen for myself. So, my son took it because supposedly, someone they knew wanted it. NOT. It now sits in their garage in Phoenix. I have given away much of my antique glass collection. I take clothes and household items to either the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And I have even eliminated some of my beloved books….I am a book addict.
    But, it is like two steps forward and three steps back.
    I saw a smaller set of china on a neighborhood site. It was from the 1940’s and it is exactly what I love, blue rim and flowers and I fell in love. So, you know what I did. I bought it. It makes me smile every time I see a piece.
    So, this down sizing thing – I do not want to become a fanatic.
    I have loved some of the suggestions here. I will put some of them in place to help me cut back…..but there are obviously limitations to my decluttering.
    Try not to judge me, please.

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  97. I go in spurts. I have been decluttering on and off for quite some time. I had a china set, service for 12. I do not big dinners anymore. The style was not what I would have chosen for myself. So, my son took it because supposedly, someone they knew wanted it. NOT. It now sits in their garage in Phoenix. I have given away much of my antique glass collection. I take clothes and household items to either the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And I have even eliminated some of my beloved books….I am a book addict.
    But, it is like two steps forward and three steps back.
    I saw a smaller set of china on a neighborhood site. It was from the 1940’s and it is exactly what I love, blue rim and flowers and I fell in love. So, you know what I did. I bought it. It makes me smile every time I see a piece.
    So, this down sizing thing – I do not want to become a fanatic.
    I have loved some of the suggestions here. I will put some of them in place to help me cut back…..but there are obviously limitations to my decluttering.
    Try not to judge me, please.

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  98. I go in spurts. I have been decluttering on and off for quite some time. I had a china set, service for 12. I do not big dinners anymore. The style was not what I would have chosen for myself. So, my son took it because supposedly, someone they knew wanted it. NOT. It now sits in their garage in Phoenix. I have given away much of my antique glass collection. I take clothes and household items to either the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And I have even eliminated some of my beloved books….I am a book addict.
    But, it is like two steps forward and three steps back.
    I saw a smaller set of china on a neighborhood site. It was from the 1940’s and it is exactly what I love, blue rim and flowers and I fell in love. So, you know what I did. I bought it. It makes me smile every time I see a piece.
    So, this down sizing thing – I do not want to become a fanatic.
    I have loved some of the suggestions here. I will put some of them in place to help me cut back…..but there are obviously limitations to my decluttering.
    Try not to judge me, please.

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  99. I go in spurts. I have been decluttering on and off for quite some time. I had a china set, service for 12. I do not big dinners anymore. The style was not what I would have chosen for myself. So, my son took it because supposedly, someone they knew wanted it. NOT. It now sits in their garage in Phoenix. I have given away much of my antique glass collection. I take clothes and household items to either the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And I have even eliminated some of my beloved books….I am a book addict.
    But, it is like two steps forward and three steps back.
    I saw a smaller set of china on a neighborhood site. It was from the 1940’s and it is exactly what I love, blue rim and flowers and I fell in love. So, you know what I did. I bought it. It makes me smile every time I see a piece.
    So, this down sizing thing – I do not want to become a fanatic.
    I have loved some of the suggestions here. I will put some of them in place to help me cut back…..but there are obviously limitations to my decluttering.
    Try not to judge me, please.

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  100. I go in spurts. I have been decluttering on and off for quite some time. I had a china set, service for 12. I do not big dinners anymore. The style was not what I would have chosen for myself. So, my son took it because supposedly, someone they knew wanted it. NOT. It now sits in their garage in Phoenix. I have given away much of my antique glass collection. I take clothes and household items to either the Salvation Army or Goodwill. And I have even eliminated some of my beloved books….I am a book addict.
    But, it is like two steps forward and three steps back.
    I saw a smaller set of china on a neighborhood site. It was from the 1940’s and it is exactly what I love, blue rim and flowers and I fell in love. So, you know what I did. I bought it. It makes me smile every time I see a piece.
    So, this down sizing thing – I do not want to become a fanatic.
    I have loved some of the suggestions here. I will put some of them in place to help me cut back…..but there are obviously limitations to my decluttering.
    Try not to judge me, please.

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  101. Janice, moving is certainly an incentive to reduce possessions. We moved so often when I was a kid, and so many of my beloved things were left behind that I think it made my hoarder tendencies worse.
    I do like the idea of imagining how someone else would love item x or y. It’s how I make myself pass on things I love but no longer use.

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  102. Janice, moving is certainly an incentive to reduce possessions. We moved so often when I was a kid, and so many of my beloved things were left behind that I think it made my hoarder tendencies worse.
    I do like the idea of imagining how someone else would love item x or y. It’s how I make myself pass on things I love but no longer use.

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  103. Janice, moving is certainly an incentive to reduce possessions. We moved so often when I was a kid, and so many of my beloved things were left behind that I think it made my hoarder tendencies worse.
    I do like the idea of imagining how someone else would love item x or y. It’s how I make myself pass on things I love but no longer use.

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  104. Janice, moving is certainly an incentive to reduce possessions. We moved so often when I was a kid, and so many of my beloved things were left behind that I think it made my hoarder tendencies worse.
    I do like the idea of imagining how someone else would love item x or y. It’s how I make myself pass on things I love but no longer use.

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  105. Janice, moving is certainly an incentive to reduce possessions. We moved so often when I was a kid, and so many of my beloved things were left behind that I think it made my hoarder tendencies worse.
    I do like the idea of imagining how someone else would love item x or y. It’s how I make myself pass on things I love but no longer use.

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  106. Janice, a friend of mine insists that when you leave clothes in the wardrobe too long the wardrobe will shrink them. And I do believe she’s right. Nice to have a friend to pass things on to. Charity shops fulfil that function in my case.

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  107. Janice, a friend of mine insists that when you leave clothes in the wardrobe too long the wardrobe will shrink them. And I do believe she’s right. Nice to have a friend to pass things on to. Charity shops fulfil that function in my case.

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  108. Janice, a friend of mine insists that when you leave clothes in the wardrobe too long the wardrobe will shrink them. And I do believe she’s right. Nice to have a friend to pass things on to. Charity shops fulfil that function in my case.

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  109. Janice, a friend of mine insists that when you leave clothes in the wardrobe too long the wardrobe will shrink them. And I do believe she’s right. Nice to have a friend to pass things on to. Charity shops fulfil that function in my case.

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  110. Janice, a friend of mine insists that when you leave clothes in the wardrobe too long the wardrobe will shrink them. And I do believe she’s right. Nice to have a friend to pass things on to. Charity shops fulfil that function in my case.

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  111. Diane I would love to be a continual declutterer. I also feel better in an organized space — I suspect everyone would. But my house has very little storage space, and thats my problem. So I need to get rid of stuff.

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  112. Diane I would love to be a continual declutterer. I also feel better in an organized space — I suspect everyone would. But my house has very little storage space, and thats my problem. So I need to get rid of stuff.

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  113. Diane I would love to be a continual declutterer. I also feel better in an organized space — I suspect everyone would. But my house has very little storage space, and thats my problem. So I need to get rid of stuff.

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  114. Diane I would love to be a continual declutterer. I also feel better in an organized space — I suspect everyone would. But my house has very little storage space, and thats my problem. So I need to get rid of stuff.

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  115. Diane I would love to be a continual declutterer. I also feel better in an organized space — I suspect everyone would. But my house has very little storage space, and thats my problem. So I need to get rid of stuff.

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  116. Annette I loved the story about passing on the dinner set you didn’t love and ending up buying something that makes you smile. That 1940’s set sounds beautiful. All our stuff should make us smile, shouldn’t it?

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  117. Annette I loved the story about passing on the dinner set you didn’t love and ending up buying something that makes you smile. That 1940’s set sounds beautiful. All our stuff should make us smile, shouldn’t it?

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  118. Annette I loved the story about passing on the dinner set you didn’t love and ending up buying something that makes you smile. That 1940’s set sounds beautiful. All our stuff should make us smile, shouldn’t it?

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  119. Annette I loved the story about passing on the dinner set you didn’t love and ending up buying something that makes you smile. That 1940’s set sounds beautiful. All our stuff should make us smile, shouldn’t it?

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  120. Annette I loved the story about passing on the dinner set you didn’t love and ending up buying something that makes you smile. That 1940’s set sounds beautiful. All our stuff should make us smile, shouldn’t it?

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  121. My husband and I went through a kitchen drawer yesterday; I added about a dozen items to our donate bag. Now if I could only get in the habit of doing something similar every day…week…month…. When we were first married, we moved every two years or so;that was a total pain, but it did force me to evaluate all off my possessions. I haven’t moved now in 16 years and it shows.

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  122. My husband and I went through a kitchen drawer yesterday; I added about a dozen items to our donate bag. Now if I could only get in the habit of doing something similar every day…week…month…. When we were first married, we moved every two years or so;that was a total pain, but it did force me to evaluate all off my possessions. I haven’t moved now in 16 years and it shows.

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  123. My husband and I went through a kitchen drawer yesterday; I added about a dozen items to our donate bag. Now if I could only get in the habit of doing something similar every day…week…month…. When we were first married, we moved every two years or so;that was a total pain, but it did force me to evaluate all off my possessions. I haven’t moved now in 16 years and it shows.

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  124. My husband and I went through a kitchen drawer yesterday; I added about a dozen items to our donate bag. Now if I could only get in the habit of doing something similar every day…week…month…. When we were first married, we moved every two years or so;that was a total pain, but it did force me to evaluate all off my possessions. I haven’t moved now in 16 years and it shows.

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  125. My husband and I went through a kitchen drawer yesterday; I added about a dozen items to our donate bag. Now if I could only get in the habit of doing something similar every day…week…month…. When we were first married, we moved every two years or so;that was a total pain, but it did force me to evaluate all off my possessions. I haven’t moved now in 16 years and it shows.

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  126. Yep Annie This is the time of year to clean out. Lase month I went through the closet and cleared out two trash bags of clothes to goodwill. I have a box in the guest/ cat room that I put things for habitat in. When the box if full we hit the local habitat. They get to contents not the box. Yesterday hubby and I sorted out my medical insurance drawer You don’t realise how much junk your Dr office and insurance company sends you until you clean out those files. The desk files will be next
    There are things I won’t get rod of. We all have something mine is cross stitch supplies, patterns and tools. I am a cross stitch fiend and have even been known to rescue items from the thrift store. LOL
    Wendy

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  127. Yep Annie This is the time of year to clean out. Lase month I went through the closet and cleared out two trash bags of clothes to goodwill. I have a box in the guest/ cat room that I put things for habitat in. When the box if full we hit the local habitat. They get to contents not the box. Yesterday hubby and I sorted out my medical insurance drawer You don’t realise how much junk your Dr office and insurance company sends you until you clean out those files. The desk files will be next
    There are things I won’t get rod of. We all have something mine is cross stitch supplies, patterns and tools. I am a cross stitch fiend and have even been known to rescue items from the thrift store. LOL
    Wendy

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  128. Yep Annie This is the time of year to clean out. Lase month I went through the closet and cleared out two trash bags of clothes to goodwill. I have a box in the guest/ cat room that I put things for habitat in. When the box if full we hit the local habitat. They get to contents not the box. Yesterday hubby and I sorted out my medical insurance drawer You don’t realise how much junk your Dr office and insurance company sends you until you clean out those files. The desk files will be next
    There are things I won’t get rod of. We all have something mine is cross stitch supplies, patterns and tools. I am a cross stitch fiend and have even been known to rescue items from the thrift store. LOL
    Wendy

    Reply
  129. Yep Annie This is the time of year to clean out. Lase month I went through the closet and cleared out two trash bags of clothes to goodwill. I have a box in the guest/ cat room that I put things for habitat in. When the box if full we hit the local habitat. They get to contents not the box. Yesterday hubby and I sorted out my medical insurance drawer You don’t realise how much junk your Dr office and insurance company sends you until you clean out those files. The desk files will be next
    There are things I won’t get rod of. We all have something mine is cross stitch supplies, patterns and tools. I am a cross stitch fiend and have even been known to rescue items from the thrift store. LOL
    Wendy

    Reply
  130. Yep Annie This is the time of year to clean out. Lase month I went through the closet and cleared out two trash bags of clothes to goodwill. I have a box in the guest/ cat room that I put things for habitat in. When the box if full we hit the local habitat. They get to contents not the box. Yesterday hubby and I sorted out my medical insurance drawer You don’t realise how much junk your Dr office and insurance company sends you until you clean out those files. The desk files will be next
    There are things I won’t get rod of. We all have something mine is cross stitch supplies, patterns and tools. I am a cross stitch fiend and have even been known to rescue items from the thrift store. LOL
    Wendy

    Reply

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