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Source: (consider it) Thread: AS: Decluttering support
ecumaniac

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quote:
Originally posted by Jenn.:
Decluttering is good, but also hard. Does anyone else feel guilty throwing out things they were given as gifts - no matter how long ago it was?

Once some has given you a gift, it is (should be) your decision what to do with it. Release the guilt!!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Jenn.:
Do you guys throw stuff, sell it or donate it?

I throw away the worthless and donate the rest.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I have just emptied a few kitchen cupboards and got rid of all of the out of date stuff. That turns out to be a lot of stuff. I can't have done proper baking since my daughter was born nearly 4 years ago, or if I did it was with out of date stuff. Oopsy.

Decluttering feels good though. I'm determined to start the new house with a clean slate. Only stuff I want will come with me. I have about 10 weeks to make it happen [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Jenn.:
Trying to declutter a cupboard a day and pack a box a day. I have 10 weeks til the move but I'm already feeling rubbish about it. Which is silly because it's a really positive move, but I really hate moving house.

Decluttering is good, but also hard. Does anyone else feel guilty throwing out things they were given as gifts - no matter how long ago it was?

We've also decided to give stuff away rather than selling it, sending it to charity shops if friends don't fancy it. Given the volume of stuff I am beginning to think this is nuts but at the same time people have been so generous to us so it would feel wrong to sell things to people who are worse off than us (and no one with more money would want our cast-offs they were all so cheap). Also I think the hassle of selling things would be more stress than its worth. Do you guys throw stuff, sell it or donate it?

You can do it! A box and a cupboard a day seems like a good steady rate of progress - just make sure you have some little boxes on hand for when the cupboard's a challenging one or you need the pick-me-up of being able to say 'at least I did an extra box today'! It certainly is stressful to be moving (my move is for positive reasons too) so remember to be gentle with yourself, especially near the end. I'm trying to work out strategies for surviving this last week on as few dishes and so on as possible.

Letting go of gifts can be tough too, but I like, where I can, to pass things on to a home where I think they will be appreciated.

For the first time with this move i am trying to sell a few things through a mailing list at work. Mostly so far it's been books and a distinct lack of success has prevailed but I figure that by bringing them into the office I have at least removed them from the flat and if I have patience, someone may want one or two of them. And I managed to make enough to buy lunch on the day I forgot my purse, so it hasn't been a total disaster. Next mission is to measure the furniture that I'll put on the list.

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I filled two boxes last night and cleared my bureau-desk so it can go into storage tonight!

This is even more of an achievement when I consider that we went out for dinner and to the theatre as a last night of flatmately socialising before we all move on. There is still so much to do, but someone is coming to collect most of the living room furniture today and we are 8 days from moving so move we must!

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A friend lost everything in a divorce, wants books, great excuse to clean out mine (we have similar tastes), so my living room is an utter mess as I sort thru stacks and stacks, filled two cartons, wonder if I can get myself to part with a third -- got a phone call, she's liking simpler living doesn't want the books.

Sigh. Living room is still a mess and I've lost the motivation to finish the project.

Meanwhile another gal in aftermath of divorce wants to pull everything out of storage and put it in my house so she can stop paying storage (she has no job). All I need is my stuff plus someone else's! (I told her three months, then it goes to the trash. That buys her some time. Where will I put it all?)

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
quote:
Originally posted by Jenn.:
Do you guys throw stuff, sell it or donate it?

I throw away the worthless and donate the rest. [Smile]
A friend does garage sales but she's been cleaning out her Mom's house with several outbuldings stuffed with unopened "collectables" like Avon products in fancy containers.

I keep thinking I should garage sale but that takes storing the stuff until you have enough for a garage sale. Plus a garage sale is a lot of work. Better to the stuff OUT by donating specific items to friends and the rest of the useable stuff to charity thrift shops.

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I'll be reading this board regularly for a while, as I need to declutter. I might need to consolidate as much as I need to declutter; I have accumulated several files apiece for a number of important topics, stored in various places, each containing much that isn't important.
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This links a bit to the cycling thread.... I have filled a wheely bin with plant pots and seed trays that I really don't need and that are in no state to be reused even after a scrub - all because I needed to liberate my bike from the junk at the back of the garage, and to create space for the car to move further forward so that when I open the garage door I get to the bike first - otherwise I need to move the car to get to the bike, and usually I end up taking the car rather than cycling. There is still a fair bit to go from the garage, but it's a start.
I've also slightly tackled the roof-space by bringing down a box of management & technical books - outdated ones have gone for recycling and two are now on amazon to resell, the others I plan to take to work for a book-sale, although I've got reservations about that because some of them are unread and the others haven't improved my career [Razz]

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Another box packed last night after a long day at work and one of the three of us has moved out. So I'm down to 6 days to go and all the big furniture that was supposed to disappear on Tuesday night is still with us but we have a plan to remove it all on Sunday.

There are craft supplies scattered all over my bed. Got to deal with those as soon as I can. Perhaps I'll instigate a system of putting things into departed-flatmate's room as they are ready to go - that way I will have more space and they will be nearer the door!

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My wardrobe is decluttered - and I was ruthless!

(Now for the shoes!)

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...plugging along...

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Like everyone else... pegging away... trying not to be overwhelmed by the mountain... doing it bit by bit... [Smile]

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pulling my head out of the rabbit hole long enough to see that action really does need to be taken.....


there are mountains of stuff that i have no further use for

it needs to go

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Day and a half to go... all the big furniture is gone or dismantled, we've taken a large load to a charity shop, donated any unopened food within its use by/best before, binned most of the rest, started clearing kitchen cupboards and nearly eaten all of the 2kilo ham that has been waiting in the freezer since New Year. Ham sandwiches (the day after a roast ham and a cheat's carbonara) are just the thing for fuelling hungry movers.

The rest of today will be spent truly clearing as many rooms as we can, delivering belongings into storage or to our temporary home and eating chinese takeaway bought with the £16 I made selling books and furniture.

Tomorrow the dreaded cleaning. If I never post again, I've either been beaten by the dust bunnies or sooked up by a disgruntled carpet washer!

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I am discovering that once the first load of stuff goes and the sky has NOT fallen on my head, it gets easier!
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okay! my tough play has closed and I've given myself a day to mourn (I always mourn characters when we close a play. they become friends...) so today is the start! I got the dishes out of the way first (couldn't make my morning smoothie without washing up) so now I have to decide: the redneck front yard, the entryway from hell, the avalanche-danger kitchen cabinets, or the bedroom that resembles a city dump.

I'm leaning towards the bedroom; my kids "clean" the house by dumping all homeless crap into my room. I honestly have a path to my side of the bed. it's awful. That being said, we have beautiful weather for the first time in an age and getting the yard tidy would mean getting some sun exposure.

eeny, meany, miney....

screw it. look out bedroom, here I come!

(pray for me...)

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quote:
Originally posted by comet:

screw it. look out bedroom, here I come!
(pray for me...)

[Votive] Good luck comet!

quote:
Originally posted by Ethne Alba:
I am discovering that once the first load of stuff goes and the sky has NOT fallen on my head, it gets easier!

Yes it does!

I have now emptied all drawers and cupboards in the bedroom and have put this in big bold letters on the mirror -

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know
to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris

I watch 'hoarder' programmes and realise it isn't emotional attachment that's the problem, it's the 'this might come in useful' worry that's the problem. Some of those folks even keep newspapers 'just in case they're needed'.

So it's all going. If it's something I truly couldn't buy again then I'm giving it more thought. But, honestly, most of my crap is crap anyone can buy anywhere!

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Today was the first day of cleaning and the de-cluttering of my house with my niece who needs the money [Biased] . We started upstairs. This involved her opinion on my clothes and shoes. The best quote from her was 'did you wear these shoes when you were older?' She worked hard - and so did I and I am exhausted yet can't sleep. [Help]

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And we're out!

It took the sneaky application of some spare keys and hours and hours of cleaning and an indecent quantity of bleach, but the place looked prety respectable when we left. Now we just have to see how many of the spots and stains on the carpet will be counted as three years' worth of 'fair wear and tear'.

I am a little bothered by the waste - the flat had large onstreet bins and I think we filled a whole one by ourselves. It's amazing how being out of sight really does mean out of mind. And I know we threw things out by the end of the day just because it emptied a room. At least most of them were consumables (and we probably should have ditched more, but the knowledge that you paid money for something and wil use it in the future makes it hard).

I totally identify with the desire to keep things that 'might come in useful', Boogie. I was trying to be ruthless but it's something I struggle with. At least I managed to only keep fabrics that are destined for speciifc projects, I know it will be a while (if ever) until I get around to those projects but it is a step in the right direction. I just need to keep that up when I (hopefully) move into a flat with a full-size basement at the end of the summer.

Now I start the challenge of living for at least six weeks wearing only clothes from a single small suitcase (with a supplementary holdall of shoes and hosiery). I've done it before, I just need to do it this time while working in an office full time. Perhaps this will help me appreciate the joys of living simply. Or maybe I'll be so bored with these few sets of clothes that I will get a bit carried away when all my other lovely clothes come back into my life.

Comet, you make it out of there alive?

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quote:
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Comet, you make it out of there alive?

barely.

I actually worked for about an hour when a friend called and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. a hike in the backcountry. which I accepted (as if I wouldn't!) and left the room in chaos. if I have time today I'll try another hour, but it may have to wait until Sunday when I have a longer period of time to really sink my teeth into it. metaphorically speaking.

progress was made, though. a full trash bag of donations, another of trash, another of laundry. progress!

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quote:
Originally posted by comet:
barely.

I actually worked for about an hour when a friend called and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. a hike in the backcountry. which I accepted (as if I wouldn't!) and left the room in chaos. if I have time today I'll try another hour, but it may have to wait until Sunday when I have a longer period of time to really sink my teeth into it. metaphorically speaking.

progress was made, though. a full trash bag of donations, another of trash, another of laundry. progress!

Hope you labelled them. Wouldn't want to be confused now, would we? [Biased]

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it's happened. a friend once did me a "favor" and took my trash to the dump for me. only it was my laundry. we had to go dumpster diving to get all my clothes back!

so yes, I label!

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I've got rid of a whole car load of flat-pack cardboard boxes which I've been keeping since I moved last August. A friend is going abroad for a year and putting all her stuff in storage - the bad news is, she's threatening to give it all back to me in a year's time. And I've just discovered that I've lost the keys to get the roof bars off the roof - they probably went missing in the move. Maybe they're even one of the few things I've managed to throw away.

Still the garage and under-stair cupboard both look a heck of a lot clearer.

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quote:
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I actually worked for about an hour when a friend called and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. a hike in the backcountry.

<snip>

progress was made, though. a full trash bag of donations, another of trash, another of laundry. progress!

Three sorted bags (especially as two of them are leaving you never to return) is a good show for an hour's work. Maybe doesn't feel like you've made a proper dent, but it's good going nonetheless.

I may have to spend some of the weekend condensing my boxes, bags and assorted paraphernalia in the house-sit garage - I think our host wants to squeeze his boat in if he can and it should be do-able.

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I watch 'hoarder' programmes and realise it isn't emotional attachment that's the problem, it's the 'this might come in useful' worry that's the problem. Some of those folks even keep newspapers 'just in case they're needed'.

So it's all going. If it's something I truly couldn't buy again then I'm giving it more thought. But, honestly, most of my crap is crap anyone can buy anywhere!

Ah yes, those programs. I love watching them but they scare the crap out of me because (even though my house is mostly pretty tidy and clutter free) I recognise some of their traits in myself...

For example: I have a whole bookshelf full of nothing but old magazines, stored very neatly by date and title of magazine. All of them relate to house decorating (good homes etc) because I love reading these magazines and getting ideas for my own place. However, i've had some of them since 2004, and I moved a good deal of them from Birmingham when I came to London six years ago, and haven't opened them since... I mean to get rid of them, but I have this sense that I should go through them all first in case there is something useful in any of them...

I saw one of the "Hoarder" programs the other night and there was a guy on it who was really struggling to give up some newspapers because he couldn't get rid of them without going through every one... It freaked me out so much that most of the magazines went into the recycling on Tuesday! Not all of them mind, and the box is still in my flat waiting to go out, but psychologically, they've gone (though I did feel a bit anxious about it).

In January I posted a list of decluttering goals for the year. They were:
  • Tidy and clear out / rearrange all kitchen cupboards.
  • Make better use of the storage in the dining room.
  • Declutter the big "shove things in out of sight" cupboard.
  • Clean up the balcony.

I made a start with the balcony, but the weather has been so bad recently that spending time outside on my occasional days off has not been very practical. I've not done anything in the dining room or the cupboard-that-time-forgot, but I made a start on the kitchen cupboards on Tuesday. I decided to declutter and tidy one high level cupboard and one low level cupboard each time I clean the kitchen, which breaks it down into manageable chunks. This week I did the tupperware cupboard and recycled out loads of pots / lids that didn't have matching bits any more. I also cleared out the cupboard I keep my "bags for life" in and got rid of two big plastic bags full of plastic bags. It's a big double cupboard and half of it is now completely free of stuff so i'm pondering what to do with the space. I have some ideas of how i'm going to rearrange some of the contents of the other kitchen cupboards, so it will be good to get started on that, maybe over the weekend.

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I watch 'hoarder' programmes and realise it isn't emotional attachment that's the problem, it's the 'this might come in useful' worry that's the problem. Some of those folks even keep newspapers 'just in case they're needed'.

I watch those shows and think, "Heck, our mess isn't all THAT bad!"

[ 21. June 2012, 13:38: Message edited by: Campbellite ]

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I watch 'hoarder' programmes and realise it isn't emotional attachment that's the problem, it's the 'this might come in useful' worry that's the problem. Some of those folks even keep newspapers 'just in case they're needed'.

I watch those shows and think, "Heck, our mess isn't all THAT bad!"
Oh yes - me too! But I also recognise a little of their difficulties in myself, especially the need to keep junk (I'm a schoolteacher, you see!)

The sock drawer is now sorted.

No sock will be allowed back in without a partner and marriage certificate.

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quote:
Originally posted by Little Miss Methodist:

I saw one of the "Hoarder" programs the other night and there was a guy on it who was really struggling to give up some newspapers because he couldn't get rid of them without going through every one... It freaked me out so much that most of the magazines went into the recycling on Tuesday! Not all of them mind, and the box is still in my flat waiting to go out, but psychologically, they've gone (though I did feel a bit anxious about it).

This exactly!

I got rid of all my TES magazines and lots of plastic trays - and felt a bit anxious about it.

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quote:
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No sock will be allowed back in without a partner and marriage certificate.

[Smile]

That seems a little narrow-minded. Surely a civil partnership would be equally binding?

I'm putting off sorting through yet another drawer of paperwork. Some of the stuff I'm unearthing is 15 years old. [Eek!] It's fairly interesting to revisit, fairly easy to get rid of. It just takes so much time to achieve so little. [Roll Eyes] I must get to it... my only remaining time available before the bin men come tomorrow...

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
No sock will be allowed back in without a partner and marriage certificate.

[Smile]

That seems a little narrow-minded. Surely a civil partnership would be equally binding?


Absolutely - so long as there is a signed piece of paper and a partner as evidence!

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What do you do when you know that pair of socks is a legit pair... but one has had some experiences with bright-colored non-fast laundrymates... So they just don't have much in common any more?

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The little thrift store near my church building has some shelves under an extended roof, so that one can leave a box or plastic bag of clothing or other donations, even when they're closed for the weekend. Bless 'em. I hope to inundate them over the next several weeks...

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So they just don't have much in common any more?

You could always send them for counselling and see if they can overcome their differences.

I'd say it's down to the attitude of your family to "odd" socks. If they will wear them as a pair under clothes that don't show them, or on days when they're doing scruffy jobs around the house, there's no need to ditch a perfectly good pair of socks. If they languish at the bottom of the sock drawer being neglected they're better off going in the clothes recycling or being donated to a play group for making hand puppets.

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I very rarely wear matching socks. But the 'pairs' I put together have to feel the same on my feet so I have semi-regular sock culls to weed out any individuals that don't have potential mates.

Does this mean I have swinging socks? [Paranoid]

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The Joy of Socks?

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I'm putting off sorting through yet another drawer of paperwork. Some of the stuff I'm unearthing is 15 years old. [Eek!]

There is a fine line between filing and composting.

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Campbellite posted
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There is a fine line between filing and composting
[Killing me] I am posting this on my file box right now.


Thanks all, I just read this thread for inspiration. I have decided this year as I am not getting any younger it is time to trim down. So I am making this the year of give away. Why should my children have to wait until I die to enjoy some of my stuff. My diamond days are over. Donate, better to help a good cause then to be sitting in the my closet. and throw out. I am keeping way to much paper that I really do not need. Also time to weed out the books, so much can be found on line, I do not need much for reference any more. And last, who are the people in these pictures?

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Have been forced into this by a burglary....I'll check in with a progress report tomorrow, when I have filled bin bags with paper from all over the study. Can't face it now...
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quote:
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Have been forced into this by a burglary....I'll check in with a progress report tomorrow, when I have filled bin bags with paper from all over the study. Can't face it now...

[Votive]

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{{{{{{{St. Everild}}}}}}}

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Ouch.

Puts all my moving-stress into perspective.

I hope your home still feels like your home and nothing of true value (whatever that represents for you) has gone. Remember to take care of yourself as well as your things, the psychological effects of burglaries can reach further than you expect.

ETA errant 's'

[ 22. June 2012, 09:54: Message edited by: To The Pain ]

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Little Miss Methodist - about the magazines. What I do in your circumstance is to put the old magazines, one or two at a time, in the pile of magazines that I am going to read next. Then, the next time I sit down with a cup of coffee and a biscuit (or three) I can flick through whatever comes off the pile next, decide whether I want to keep it or not, and either put it back or put it to leave the house. Every time I go down to the launderette, I take a pile of magazines with me to leave for other people to read, and anything that I've cut up or torn pages out of goes in the recycling.
It's a painless way of doing it, because it means you don't have to sit down and go through them all at once, as a chore.

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I've currently got the time, but no energy, and am quite unreasonably cross about it. I hate chest infections and it's not as if I get them that often.

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Have been forced into this by a burglary....I'll check in with a progress report tomorrow, when I have filled bin bags with paper from all over the study. Can't face it now...

I'm so sorry St Everild - hope that it's not so devastating to deal with as it sounds.

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Feeling the urge to reorganise the way I use my kitchen cupboards, so i'm making a start this afternoon...

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I'm very sorry to hear that, St Everild. [Votive]

Hope it goes well with the cupboards, Little Miss. [Smile]

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon going through the drawers of old kept sentimental stuff. It was hard going... a lot of it was work my kids had done at school when they were very little. My son especially was very serious and earnest about his school work... I kept some special bits and chucked the rest... it's been emotional and difficult. [Frown]

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Nenya when we cleared Mum's stuff .after she had died I found a card I had made when I was 6 or 7 that she had treasured [Tear]

I also helped one of her cousins clean up before she went into care - that was a huge job, but so much easier as I had only known her about 10 years.

Well done on facing the hard work.

Huia

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Hi folks, another newbie wishing to join this thread. We have one week to empty and decorate Aged P's 2 bed bungalow which is filled to the rafters so that we can move in to care for him. And oh, that also means we have to clear and move our own 3 bed house [Eek!] So, I have been reading your very good ideas on how to let go of stuff. Because we live on an island and have to ship everything in, we get into mega save it mode 'cos we cant just nip out and buy it at some future date. But we do have a recycling centre so we will be making good use of that. At least it helps other folk on the island buy useful stuff at low prices.

I did get that heart sink moment of where do we start, doing Aged P's bedroom but having chosen one corner and completed it it seemed doable.

How are you all doing?

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quote:
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Hi folks, another newbie wishing to join this thread. We have one week to empty and decorate Aged P's 2 bed bungalow which is filled to the rafters so that we can move in to care for him. And oh, that also means we have to clear and move our own 3 bed house [Eek!] So, I have been reading your very good ideas on how to let go of stuff. Because we live on an island and have to ship everything in, we get into mega save it mode 'cos we cant just nip out and buy it at some future date. But we do have a recycling centre so we will be making good use of that. At least it helps other folk on the island buy useful stuff at low prices.

I did get that heart sink moment of where do we start, doing Aged P's bedroom but having chosen one corner and completed it it seemed doable.

How are you all doing?

Step by step is the only way you can do it. But don't wear youselves out - make sure you have time to rest.

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Mother in Law has returned from 6 weeks overseas and can't remember where she hid her precious rings.

Mrs C and I dread the thought of one day cleaning out that house, but now, we'll have to look out for the rings as well. MiL made a comment to that effect on the phone last night.

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Mr Curly--

A thought, FWIW: I have some neuro problems that can a) cause me to knock over or misplace things, and b) have difficulty seeing or finding them. I find that using a flashlight helps me focus on and find individual objects, especially with shiny things like rings. IME, works with or without other lights on.

YMMV.

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