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AMALLECO SparkPoints: (11,422)
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2/12/13 2:09 P

I know the feeling. When I'm about to do a clean sweep, I amp myself up with blogs from organizers and fashionistas. I like the idea of minimalism, but don't think I could fulfill it.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/12/13 1:32 P

Most people do have too much stuff. It is hard work to keep my life as simple and organized as possible.

MARTYJOE Posts: 428
2/12/13 1:30 P

Sounds like a wonderful way to help others and avoid becoming a hoarder of clothes you'll never wear

CEEMAY SparkPoints: (9,882)
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2/12/13 12:37 P

You have inspired me to get into my closet and clear out the clothes that don't fit, are starting to look rather shabby, I don't ever wear, don't like, or otherwise will not be using. Maybe that will help me feel like spring is coming when it is so cold here!


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,759)
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2/12/13 11:51 A


I know it's difficult to part with your stuff, but I can assure you that cleaning out your closet can be extremely liberating !!

Like others, I periodically sort through my things. Clothes that are in good shape that I will probably never wear for different reasons get donated to my local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Your church must take clothing donations for the poor. Donate some of your clothes to your church. This way, you know those clothes will go to someone in need.

Keep the things that have sentimental value. But consider donating the things you won't ever wear again. Magazines, how many times are you going to read a particular magazine ? If you like certain photos, cut those out and paste them in a scrap book. The rest can get recycled. Because honestly, most magazines are loaded with advertisements we don't need.

Have you ever considered creating a scrap book ? If not, that would be something fun to do with your magazine photos and articles.

Books, I have a rather substantial library. Books that I read and are turning yellow, get donated. Books that I started to read and didn't really like, get donated. I keep books that are difficult to find or rare. The popular stuff that gets read, eventually gets donated.

Same thing with CDs and DVDs. I will go through them and keep the ones I really want, the rest get donated.

Some times, it feels good to divest yourself of some stuff. Because you have to ask yourself,"do you really need all that stuff ?"

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
2/12/13 10:53 A

I'm pretty organized so I don't have a lot of clutter. I live by the rule: one new thing in, one old thing out. So if I buy a new blouse or book an old one has to go out.

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (223,351)
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2/12/13 10:38 A

Look at it this way...the books you won't be rereading are doing no good. Donate them so others can enjoy them too!

My guideline is if I have forgotten I had it, I obviously don't need it. It's a good tax deduction too!

JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
2/12/13 10:14 A

I was a big collector of all things for years.
I went from:
a 5 bedroom house to
a 3 bedroom town house to
a smaller 3 bedroom townhouse to
a two bedroom condo

I now am quite selective about what is kept and what is passed on to others.

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,535)
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2/12/13 10:07 A

I have a hard time parting with books too, but I make myself go through them and purge them at least once per year. I donate them to an organization that holds a used book sale in April and the proceeds go to WISE, which has a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. It makes it easier for me to part with them when I know I am supporting a good cause. When I bring new paperbacks or hardcovers into the house, I try to balance that out by finding an equal number of already read books to add to my donate pile.

(Now that I have a Kindle though, that has cut way down on my book clutter.)

When I am finished with my magazines, I leave them in the mail room where I live. I have many neighbors who are on fixed incomes who enjoy magazines but can't afford subscriptions. Nursing homes appreciate magazines also.

MNNICE Posts: 17,485
2/12/13 9:59 A

The older I get the less I can tolerate "stuff" and clutter. Last night I spent several hours sorting through old medical bills and records, organizing what I needed or wanted to keep and shredding a couple bags full of the unnecessary.

SUITABLE Posts: 5,959
2/12/13 9:02 A

I need to move every couple years to keep from becoming buried.

MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (566,701)
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2/12/13 8:57 A

I soooo need to go through my closet and get rid of things I know I will never wear again. It's crazy that I keep so much...the good news is that I do have a huge closet so it looks nice and organized.

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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2/12/13 8:10 A

Dear Eowyn,

Isn't it liberating to bet rid of all of that stuff? Doesn't it just energize you with a sense of self-accomplishment?

I really enjoy spring cleaning, even in the winter. For more on this, check out my October blogs on getting organized. I think you'll enjoy them.

Jonny Mac

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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2/12/13 7:30 A

I love the New Year's decluttering.....always makes me feel I am starting with a clean slate every year.....

RUKIDDINGME123 SparkPoints: (39,606)
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2/12/13 6:44 A

One of my new years resolutions was to declutter my house and I have been struggling with the same issue. There are things I know I will never use but for sentimental reasons I can't part with them.

I have gotten rid of a few piles of books and lucky for me there is a donation box near the house that takes books, cd's & dvd's. I also have a used book store near by that will take them and give you store credit. As far as the magazines are concerned I usually take 6 or so to the doctors office with me and leave them in the waiting room.

Good luck with your cleaning.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
2/12/13 6:33 A

I was just clearing my room today and I've gotten rid of a huge bag of books and mags! And I still have so many left! But I can't bear to part with some of them! Among the stuff that I got rid of were presents from others. I just know that I won't reread those, so it's no point keeping them around!

I can't believe I've accumulated so much stuff! My shelves are all full and I'm running out of space! And don't even get me started on my closet! I have some clothes that are more than 10 years old, some even more than 20 years! I guess I'll just have to harden my heart and really clear my room!

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