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I am a minimalist and so I do not have such problem from hoarding. I am also trying to be more organized to really simplify my life and makes it easy to find things.

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12/8/13 3:27 P

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I come from a family of hoarders. !! I inherited my parents place. So you can imagine how bad it is. I am going through room by room getting it all cleared out. I only keep what I need and will use. I put myself on a deadline because I have a couple of obsessive cleaning friends who have decided to come over this week ( on separate days) to help tackle the place.
I have a give away pile that will go to Goodwill by the end of the year.....to deduct on my taxes.
I have gone paperless wherever and whenever I can. I put all my life on one big calendar and check it everyday to keep on track.
I recently created my own house journal. It is made from a large 3 ring binder that I sectioned off for different uses. It is to keep track of all aspects of my home and life...budgeting, cleaning, shopping and anything to do with my health and eating. I have even included a section on redecorating the house.

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These are all good suggestions, a few I didn't think of but will utilise them!

I am very concerned about the environment so I don't buy paper goods as much as I can get away with. I use reusable hand cloths, linen napkins in place of those paper wasters. I also avoid plastic containers & anything disposable whenever I can. When I grocery shop I look for the foods with the least amount of packaging as well. The only paper goods I keep on hand are the obvious toilet paper & I use Kleenex since I moved back to the left side of the country because my allergies flare up in fall!

I have also always used the library instead of rushing out to buy books. If I want to buy a book I see if I can use it in e-book form before bringing in a book and putting it on the bookshelf. Same with magazines, my library system has Zinio (emagazines) where you can check out magazines on your laptop, book reader etc. Saves me from having to recycle magazines and less money for unwanted subscriptions!

I put in all my receipts into a spreadsheet every month in their proper category so at tax time I have what I need at hand. Every month's receipts are in an envelope!

In terms of cleaning products I use vinegar, baking soda and water for most tasks so I am not buying separate products for each household chore and I save a lot of money this way. (If the smell bothers me I use a little lemon or orange to soften the blow.) I do buy Windex though it seems nothing works as well as the blue stuff for mirrors and windows lol!

At the beginning of the year I see what do I need at hand to send out anniversary or birthday cards, pick up butcher paper, have UPS send me boxes etc. I get these items at the 99 cent or dollar store or at Big Lots! Plus I have some relatives and acquaintances who live on limited incomes and need a basket full of supplies and essentials from time to time so I keep those items at hand so I can just make up a bag or basket full of items and they are all set till their next check comes round.

I'm careful buying fresh foods to make sure I can use it up before it goes bad. Fruits, vegetables, soy milk, cheese etc...I'd rather go to the grocery twice a week than waste money!

I saved up the entire amount of buying the car I wanted before I purchased it. I drive a car until the car is ready to go to car heaven. I've pretty much always had a Toyota, now I have a BMW but it was bought a few years into its life, great car.

The biggest thing I can think of is not buying the entire loan amount of a house that I was approved for. I don't need a mansion for a home. I don't have to waste time cleaning what I don't use and sure some of the rooms are smaller but I paid 30% down, avoided PMI and can breathe so much easier in life because I'm not beholden to a bank for the entire cost of the home. Plus in 7 years I will own the house. No 15-30 year loan for me!

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"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."


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1/18/13 9:00 P

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I have a hubby who was incedibly impoverished as a child. So aything he is offered he brings home. And to not take it makes him mad 75% of the time. I feel him out and if he is willing to give it to someone else we do that otherwise I have a 3 month system. I put said thing in a place he can see after 3-4 weeks I move it to another less used area. If he has not noticed It gets moved to the garage and on month 3 if nothing has ben said about it off it goes to the goodwill. Keeps the peace and does not clutter the house.

The night before I make a to do list for the next day. And prep anything that can be done in advance like lunches and backpacks in the car so no last minute were is my backpack craziness.

I live in a small home and instead of moving to a bigger home as our family gets bigger I just make more room here. The less room the less I have to clean and the less junk people feel is ok to leave around the house. I can have the entire house cleaned in 1 hour if the babies dont destroy things as I go.

I dont have cable. the news is a downer that seriously depressed me. They only show the bad as if life is ALL bad which it is not. We stream netflix so the family can see things when we want to but it is not as enticing as the cable was because there is not the feeling that if you want to see something you MUST watch it now or you wont have another chance. And that leads to better family bonding time and conversations because we can watch as show when ever we want not when some cable CEO thinks we should.

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I started biking with hubby to his work in the morning because he was tired of putting gas in his truck. It's saved us a bunch and burns lots of calories, plus it gives us uninterrupted time to talk. emoticon

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8/10/12 4:34 A

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I try to go for necessary items in the life so that things are not much complicated. If you think about getting lots of things in short period of time then you actually make your life complicated.

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5/14/12 9:31 P

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i try to make lists and if it is a big job, then i split my lists into smaller pieces. i try yo make myself do 5 minute tasks each night just so the mess does not build up to much.

i use the library a lot. i can also get ebooks online also.

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5/11/12 9:34 A

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I am also into getting rid of stuff. It's only my husband and I, we don't have any children right now and won't for probably a few years (we are in our early 20s). We live in a small 1 bedroom apartment but in my opinion, we still have a lot of stuff. I look through things on a regular basis and make bags to take to goodwill, I also have no problem just throwing stuff away. But the idea that someone had about taking old magazines to the doctors office is a good idea!

We don't own a TV. This makes life a lot simpler because it gives us time to do things and spend together without constantly having one of those things on. My hubby does have an xbox hooked up to a computer monitor so we can watch movies but that is it. And if there is a show we really want to watch, we watch it online, usually only a show or two a week. I stopped watching tv in college and I don't miss it. It wastes a lot of time and brain power.

I stopped buying a lot of books and instead getting them from the library. The library here in the suburb of Minneapolis where I live is really nice, they have a lot of newer books.

I grocery shop at Aldi that has much lower prices than other grocery stores. However, I do coupon and shop at a local grocery store and target when the prices are better than Aldi's after the coupon.

If anyone is interested in learning how to coupon check out:
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These sites will teach you how to get started and they list deals each week for different stores. NO wasting time seeing if your coupon makes an item cheaper or not there are tons of blogs that match coupons to sales to help you save big.

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4/25/12 6:58 P

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Throw out my crap

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4/3/12 1:13 P

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"The more you say no to temptation, the stronger you become.".... Ann_48, this is great!!

I truly need to rid the house of "stuff"-- but I cling to this as security, Ha! It helps to stay away from the stores because I don't need to buy anything but groceries. With grown children, my husband and I need fewer groceries now--- but I do stretch the budget still by checking prices in ads, and watching for deals. Coming from humble roots, I do not waste items. Sometimes I recycle "trash articles" at the curbside. On my daily walk, I see some useful articles that should have been donated to charity. This is a peeve of mine--- that people discard things that someone else could use. I take pride in restoring trash to treasures, and hey, I save the landfill. Thanks to all for hints and suggestions!!

Rejoice in each new day; it is a gift!


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I shop in my closet. sometimes i forget about items that i have not used in a while. sometimes stuff falls on the floor or is in the back corner so i don't see it.

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I am into decluttering often, too. It makes life so much simpler.

I also drop off magazines at doctors offices so they don't get wasted. I can't stand to just toss anything.

It's okay to be tempted, but being tempted doesn't mean you have to give in. The more you say no to the temptation, the stronger you'll become.


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I love to read and after I am done, I pass on my paperbacks to my granddaughter-I mail them to her out in Vancouver, WA from Fl and if I don't think they are suitable for her, I contribute them to our park library. I also read a lot of magazine and I pass them on to others. They get read by many people and eventually end up at a nursing home! I hate waste so like to make sure things are used up and not just tossed out!

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I'm into decluttering (been doing that forever it seems) and have been organizing like crazy too. Still not done and not sure when I will be, but it's getting there.

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I am enjoying reading all of these awesome ideas. I am 110% in with the decluttering, too. I love the idea of one thing in, one thing has to go. I am going to start doing the same. Thank you to everyone for these great ideas!

It's okay to be tempted, but being tempted doesn't mean you have to give in. The more you say no to the temptation, the stronger you'll become.


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When we lived in our rv for several years, space was limited so had to think about any purchase that would take up precious space. Something new came in, something else had to go out! I still try to adhere to this and not clutter up everything in our home. I have had to clean out for my dad, twice, so hopefully won't leave a job like that for our kids. I try to keep it simple.

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All great ideas! emoticon for sharing them!



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I use my phone my grocery list, my task list, and my calendar. I plan out meals for two weeks at a time and shop for them after payday. I have my husband and both boys tell me something they want to make each week and then they are the ones who make that meal. Right now that isn't really making my life easier with having to supervise the boys so much - but it will pay off.

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since jan1 i have been cleaning and decluttering my house each wk i did a rm my kids got all there stuff i have held on to ha last wk i did the last rm cant wait to do the yard sun rm and garage my husband even got involved in it alot went to the church and goodwill lots...............i feel free ha i bought a lg desk calalnder and i m going to write out monthly meals on it i also had a lot of food you buy on sale but dont use lot went to the food bank mentally and physically i feel so much better knowing know i can live a much simpler life and a easy and simpler way to clean and take care of the house hold its amazing what we all hold on toha have a good day emoticon

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I write things down then put it in my Outlook task list. Once I get that done, I don't even think about it again until it comes up on my daily list. This includes everything from something I need to do to something I need to buy.

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Anything that I need for taxes goes into a spread sheet before it is filed and at year end I have everything together and only need to print off my spreadsheet and voila, done. I started this about 10 years ago and it sure took the stress out of doing taxes for me.

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I stopped buying food not on my grocery list. I'd see a great deal or get an impulse to make tacos and buy a bunch of stuff that would just end up sitting there because I hadn't planned on using it. Either it would get shoved in the deepest corners of the pantry or the fresh stuff would expire and have to get tossed out. Without all that extra stuff, I have less clutter, less guilt about buying things I didn't use or need but MORE money saved!

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I like to be as organized as possible, this really simplifies my life. I agree about avoiding drama!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt


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One thing I do or rather don't do, is watch the news. I quit watching the news several years ago and am much happier for it.

I try to live as frugally as possible and only shop when necessary. I've never felt the need to keep up with the jones' or anyone else, for that matter. We don't have a lot of money, but we live a very rich life because we're happy with what we have.

I try to avoid drama at all cost. Life is too short and I want to enjoy each and every moment of every day.

What do you do that simplifies your life?



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It's okay to be tempted, but being tempted doesn't mean you have to give in. The more you say no to the temptation, the stronger you'll become.


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