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Too much "Stuff"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

As part of our plan for my husband to retire in June and move to Tennessee, we have been doing things to put our condo in Illinois on the market. Last weekend, my husband and I rented a 10 foot truck to move boxes of "stuff" from Illinois toTennessee. We completely filled the truck with "stuff". Mind you, almost no furniture was moved because we are going to stage our condo with the furniture when we put it on the market in a few weeks. It was all STUFF!!

I tried and tried to toss out or give away as much "stuff" as possible before I packed it up. I know better than to move stuff I don't need. Even so, we still had lots of things to move. I'm going down next week to unpack the boxes and put things away. I have a feeling that in spite of my efforts to cull things out before packing, there will be some things that don't make the cut when it's time to put stuff away.

It's amazing how much stuff we have carted off to local charities in the past year, yet there is still more to be done.

Planning on doing a self-supported bicycle tour has really given me a whole new perspective on how little we actually need to live over the course of a year.

Every time I take a load of things to charity, I feel a sense of's just that much less that I have to care for.

Whoo Hoo!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DONNACFIT 2/28/2013 11:23PM

    Thanks for your blog..I have some heavy duty spring cleaning and decluttering planned for March and I needed some inspiration..I too have way too much stuff!!

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HEALTHY156 2/28/2013 11:31AM

    That is awesome, keep paring it down! I have been moving this month and have gotten rid of at least two carloads. I swear between Persephone and I it is amazing how much "stuff" we accumulate.

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SUNNYWBL 2/23/2013 7:33PM

    I'm working on it! I wish I could sell some of it, but it is better to just have it GONE! emoticon

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MISSG180 2/20/2013 8:41PM

    It's staggering how much stuff we accumulate! Sometimes I think it would be easier to just remove what we need and then let someone else get rid of what we didn't take. But life doesn't work like that.

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BILL60 2/20/2013 8:36AM

    I'm totally the opposite. If I don't use it regularly, out it goes. Unfortunately, at times I end up spending double. But it's well worth it. I'm a neatness nut who dislikes clutter. Wish my wife were the same.

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KA_JUN 2/19/2013 8:11PM

    You're right, we really do need much less than we have. Good luck on your move!

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CORNERKICK 2/19/2013 6:52PM

  Good for you!!

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_VALEO_ 2/19/2013 5:15PM

    Great feeling! Good job on simplifying your life!

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TERRIJ7 2/19/2013 4:35PM

    I guess maybe we should all move every so often, just to be able to purge. If I had to pack it and move it all, I probably wouldn't hold on to as much stuff.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/19/2013 4:01PM

    I could open a resale shop with what I give weekly to charity. And I kid you not. Too much stuff, indeed. And
I've been in the process of clearing
as well. Very freeing feeling.

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LOPEYP 2/19/2013 2:59PM

    Wow that's quite a chore. We should declutter every couple of years. I know clutter makes me feel stressed.

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