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You Cannot Take It With You


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When my sister died, everything she owned got thrown out or donated. It made me look at all my "stuff" in a new way. So now, I don't buy anything unless I truly need it. I wear out my clothes before buying anything new, if even then.

Do you really NEED something, or merely WANT it? Think first. Go through all your stuff and donate or throw out what you don't need. I pretended I was someone cleaning out my stuff after I died, and I got rid of so much useless stuff. So freeing! and not as morbid as it sounds!
- Submitted by TIPPIMITCHELL 6/15/2010 in Saving Money | 7 Comments
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BCRAIGRNCEN 7/9/2010 5:31:00 PM

    When my mom died I realized she had never used the china she bought when I was a baby! She had boxes of new things she didn't use. She was saving them. For what? I joked and told my husband I am using all my stuff cause I can't take it with me and his next wife isn't using it first!
ROOTIHAUSMAN 2/13/2011 8:59:00 PM

    Good choice. When my son was diagnosised with cancer, I cleaned our house from top to bottom and got rid of anything we did not need. I still clean out a few times a year donating things to charity so that others may use things that we do not need or are not using any more. I think it is better to just keep what you are using each day. Thanks for sharing!
CJPJHM 7/24/2010 8:21:00 AM

    I am going through my closets today and donating things to Goodwill on Monday. This really hits home! Thanks
FATHINSN 6/25/2010 1:22:00 AM

    Hmm, maybe I should think like you instead of hoarding my room, drawers and whatever spaces that I can use to put my things.
VERNICEMAZ 6/17/2010 12:11:00 AM

    You've given me something to think about
MSTZYDECO1 6/16/2010 12:09:00 AM

    I am an hospice nurse and I see this all the time. I keep telling people that it is not about what you have it is about living life and enjoying it. When you are gone it is going to the trash or being donated. emoticon
SPARK-KELLI 6/15/2010 1:37:00 PM

    I went through the same thing when my grandmother died. I go through my closets every few months to weed out things we don't need (I donate a LOT) and keep track of items/clothes that need to be replaced. When something needs to be replaced, a trip to the thrift store is my first stop!

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