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Monday, January 14, 2013

Short workday makes for time at home to get things accomplished! Still filling boxes of this and that, I hung onto for years even after having about five garage sales!! What was I thinking?

I read another Sparker on her page about how she decluttered and it made a difference in uncluttering her life too. I think I was hanging on to things during my divorce that were comfort things, ONLY THINGS!! During that time, I lost six of my dearest relatives in one week. two in one day, I had major surgery, was in school full time, working four part time jobs, raising my daughter alone, maintaining my home and saw THINGS as what I could come home to, not change my life(haha).. Now I see that they never were valuable as material things, just needed as crutches to keep me alive and sane.

Laziness is another factor.. like some who have admitted it here: toss it in the closet and close the door.. How easy is that? for now..
I already made DD do a blood vow to not let anybody but herself into my bedroom when I die.. there are things I can never part with religious articles that I use all of the time.. they are antiques, passed to me form dear relatives.. I cannot bear the thought of somebody trashing them and have them in my TRUST to be donated..

I can bare bones it only so far, I draw the line at my personal religious and family items. DD's little things she made for me..etc.. what kind of mom would I be to toss all of them? I have one envelope of her drawings,,

I think Americans are the worst for this,, I never hear people elsewhere having such clutter!! Either that or they bury the stuff in their back yard or rotate it from one relative to another...

With so many deaths in the past twenty years and me being the person to help clear out homes, I can honestly say that I do not have one quarter of the things in my home that any one of those people had!! I laughed at the first few, chuckled at the ones in the middle and understood why, at the last few.. so that is what motivates me..

But seriously, 200 + decks of cards in one drawer??????????????? I guess I can dispose of all those old tee shirts I collected!Kidding!!!!
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    Well... that's a lot of cards, no doubt about it, lol...
    1889 days ago
    Loved your blog. Decluttering is hard. I had a hard time getting rid of things when I moved into a smaller apartment. My son helped me get rid of a lot of things I didn't really need. Have a great week.
    1889 days ago
    Good blog LINDA, growing up without a home or a room of my own my possessions were few but I clung to most of them. When DH and I married my MAM gave away my few dolls and the piles of doll clothes she and I had made together. I was so angry with her, I never told her I just let it happen. I feel sure that I am not getting rid of our kids things because I do not want to think about the kids feeling the way I do about my things being given away. I want them to do that when they are ready. Things that happen to us in our formative years stay with us for a life time I think. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1889 days ago
    I'm glad I tackled this when I last moved.
    1889 days ago
    I need to do this too, I don't want my house to look like the Hoarders homes on tv.
    My DM will save every scrap of plastic, cloth, ect that comes along including the trays from a cinnamon roll package because she is going to "use" this some time and when we had to move her, she got so mad at me for tossing out such valueables.
    1889 days ago

    Good post! I too at times have to de-clutter, but it seems the older I get the more I can let go. Happy cleaning!!
    1890 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    I will say that there are things that I hold on to...but mostly for my beau's sake.
    I learned long ago that things are just things, I left two marriages and left every single thing behind both times....except for my clothes, my writings, and pictures of my kids and family.
    My beau is more attached to having things than I am, he was a military kid and always moving, I think that has something to do with it, along with the fact that in his last relationship, he lost everything, he lived in a hotel and found himself unable to pay for his storage locker...he didn't leave everything voluntarily like I did.

    I will admit that while we have a few 'frivolous' things (computer, laptop, xbox, and a nice size tv), almost everything in our home is utilitarian...nice, but useful. Except my kitchen gadgets...all those useful/useless things that I MUST have!
    1890 days ago
    On my small Christmas tree were momentos Ashley made all her growing up years. I don't ahve many gifts from her but pictures, yes. I throw things out or free cycle them. Maybe a garage sale. Robert is the apck Rat.
    1890 days ago
    Linda , a lot of my friends have been experiencing the same issues including myself. After I lost a few relatives in a short period of time I hung onto and still have Things I have a difficult time parting with - one friend of mine moved recently from her home that was purchased by her and her husband he has since passed. She had a very difficult time letting go of these articles but she told me that she had the memories in her heart and know one could take that from her - Hugs K emoticon
    1890 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2013 2:38:11 PM
    I think we can all find things to get rid of. A good motto is, "If you haven't used it in a year, you probably won't use it again!"
    1890 days ago
  • LEANIE64
    Wow !! I am inspired to do better after reading your blog. I am working at de-cluttering..but its is a slow process. I find if I look at the big picture..its too overwhelming to deal with..but if I take one area and just work on that one area daily..moving on to another when that is completed..I can do this. Thanks again..it does help knowing that others suffer with this issue. Sharlene
    1890 days ago
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