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8/15/17 11:09 A

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Hi, Im Earnie from Monteagle, TN. I want to de-clutter my home and dont have a clue where and how to start. Ive read the hints about how to do it, but I end up making more of a mess than I had before. I find it hard to make decisions about what to do with all the stuff. My house is full of books, dishes, pantry items, and three sizes of clothes because I go back and forth in weight. Some boxes and possessions have been moved years ago from a previous home to this home and stuffed in closets, shelves, garage, etc.

My husband died three years ago and I may or may not want to move to a smaller home in the future. In any case, I want to make it nicer for me now and easier on my niece when the time comes for her to deal with things. I also want to create a notebook with all pertinent information so that my niece can open a notebook and find all pertinent information and my all of wishes.

Im here to learn from everyone and welcome all your best ideas.




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Hi, Chris!

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I recently returned to Spark People too, after quite a while away, and like you, I'm so happy I joined this team before I went MIA. I need to sort my life and my house out!
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Hi, I've been missing from SP for almost a year, when other things seemed to take over my life. I've been back for three weeks now, and really need to de-clutter, tidy up and sort out not just my house and its belongings, but my life in general. I may not make it to posting on the forums each day, but I've joined each of the options at the bottom of the team page in the hope of transforming my life, my home and clearing out a lot of unnecessary mind clutter.
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Dawn b of tomah,wi currently living in a clutter 3 bedroom 2 bathroom mobile home. My older brother has 1 bedroom and a roommate has another room. My plan is to declutter my master bedroom my kitchen and my living room. But there is a lot to do so I will post back as often as I can.



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I am happy I found this group. I rejoined Spark a few days ago. My goals for this year are to lose weight and get rid of clutter.

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Just found this group, and I'm looking forward to participating. Back in January, I challenged myself to get rid of 2017 things in 2017. I decided to spread the declutting across the year, so that's about 170 things per month; and I'm keeping up, so far. It was easy, at first, as I hit the magazines and books, then the kitchen tools and plasticware, then my craft room. Still a long ways to go; but, surprisingly, it's getting easier. Hope my motivation and eagerness continue. I hope to find continued inspiration from this group of like-minded people.

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Hi, I am new to this team and rejoining Spark after a long break. This summer I plan to declutter my house. I lost a bedroom I used for exercise and storage to my son and his new wife recently for their stuff so my stuff has been redistributed through the rest of the house and now it's rather messy. Back to work.

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My name is Sharon and I didn't know that I was a HOARDER like on that TV show called: HOARDERS... seriously.

Great news!!! = Today I got RID of my junk from my garage and Gazebo... if you want to see the photos, feel free to go to my sparkpage and read my blog called:

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I just joined and already I cleared off the counter in the main bathroom. Feels good!

Have had the problem of clutter ever since my dh died over 5 years ago.

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I joined back in February - but life got too crazy - I said I would return - well taxes are done, Physical therapy is lined out as are several other Dr appointments and it is time to get the house in control so this is day 1 of week 1 for me and I started my own 21 day streak down below. God bless you everyone! Let's work together to declutter our lives of stuff and things!

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Hi! My name is Sherri. I am also a pack rat, just like my mother. Two years ago, I moved in with my mom. She was alone and was starting to need help. I was a single mom of 3 girls. My ex moved into the big house that I had just left and shipped pretty much everything that had been ours, here to my mom's little house. Mom and I were doing pretty good finding a home for everything. Three months later, she passed away. I have been pretty much at a standstill ever since. I decided that enough is enough. Between mom's stuff and my stuff, this house is a mess of clutter. It is time to get my life and house in order.

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Hello! Almost nineteen years ago my husband and I bought a roomy home to accommodate our growing family. We had two children and one on the way. We eventually had five in all. Our son left for grad school this fall and no longer resides here. We have two daughters who are away at college and come home for a week or weekend occasionally. They will probably not live at home again, not even for the summers. So it's just our two youngest daughters at home with us. Even though we've had a few yard sales over the years, we've acquired so much stuff. The size of the house didn't help as there was always space to keep accumulating items even though we rarely used most of them. Our home should be cozy, but feels more like a warehouse of useless things. We want our home back!

Cleaning is easy for me, but organizing not so much. So today I told my girls that tomorrow, March 1st will be our first day of spring cleaning. My youngest daughter (10) responded smartly saying spring doesn't start until March 20th. I let them know that the aim is to have the house cleaned by spring (doable!) and organized before Thanksgiving (attainable goal?).

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HI, I m 68 years old, live in Washington state in a two level home that is full of "STUFF" Daughter has begged, encouraged and started helping me on her visits but I have got to keep at the removal process. Maybe having a team of ideas, encouragers and accountability will help- First goal is to set the timer 15 minutes and concentrate at aggressive work in one room per day for that 15 minutes ... Garbage bag, place in correct area, goodwill or just can't give up yet box will be my ways of talking through every item!!

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Hello all,

I've just joined. I'm a packrat, from a long line of packrats. I moved several times with my husband, ending up in Alaska at a time when no sane person tossed anything that could conceivably be reused. Almost everyone had junky yards and homes, tho we managed to corral ours indoors. Two stents overseas saw us bring treasures and multiplied housewares back home. When our parents passed, we acquired their things. Same with his only sibling. Played right into my hoarding tendencies.

I freak a bit when anyone is dejunking around me, tho I can tolerate my husband doing it. He has some packratty behaviors, but the lion's share of the mess is mine. Table tops and counter tops, all the closets, half the garage, part of a storage barn, most of the formerly free corners and nooks in the house are now pretty well packed. That's bad enough now that I can't find my art supplies, or locate important items or research books because of all the books in FRONT of them and so end up buying more that gets put away quickly when company comes, then lost, then I buy more... You get the picture, I hope. Doesn't help that I'm having brain fog issues with a disease I've developed, so I forget what I've got and where I put it. I'm now disabled by the disease and at home most of the time. More clutter.

Relatives have recently moved up here and frequently come for a week or two with their infant and 6 yr old. Our clutter is causing problems with the kids, and they leave some bulky items here rather than haul them back and forth on the plane every few weeks. More clutter.

Kinda reached a tipping point. I need to let go of some things, both physical items and emotional baggage, to improve my own and my family's quality of life. I'm looking for guidance and support. HELP!


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Hello Latisha. I'm Judy and I am new too by about 2 weeks. I do a little bit of decluttering every day and I am beginning to notice it. It sure does work. Just A "little bit" say 15-20 mins each time works like a charm for me. Maybe it will work for you. Who knows. Hmmmm?

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Hello,

Instead of cleaning off my desk, I decided to join this group!

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My name is Latisha. I just joined this yesterday so I can get back organized one room at a time. I look forward to getting to know you and to learn from different ways to remove the clutter.

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Hi. I have a lot of clutter. My son is living with me so I have his "stuff" here. I also have my daughters' oldest son living with me and he also has a lot of "stuff". I have 2 big sheds "full" of stuff and my son has a storage shed full of stuff. We live in a 70x16 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom old trailer and it is not BIG enough for all of us. But we are managing so far. But the stuff (clutter) is killing me. I have tried off and on for years to thin it out and it has done no good, so if someone has any good ideas how to do it, Please let me know. I am a 76 year old retired LPN and divorced. I live in Clifton, Colorado.

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Hello! I'm new here, and look forward to learning from everyone and getting to know you. Sorry this is so long, but it's been a long road to where I am. This is the condensed version.

I had a hellacious 10 years. Lost my job in 2008 due to the economy and a company that decided to get rid of everyone FT making over minimum wage and getting benefits and replacing them with PTers they could pay less and give no benefits to. Since the economy had just collapsed and I was over 50, I could not ever find another job. My story is common in my age group. I spent all my savings, including retirement money, trying to save my house, but finally lost it in 2011. Pushed from pillar to post for the next 5 years, moved 6 times, and lost from theft, having to leave behind or selling things all along the way. What I'm left with now is a room full of boxes, which is all I have left from my life, so it's emotional parting with anything.

I have a nice place now that I can afford, but I've been here 18 months and haven't unpacked yet. My BR is stuffed with boxes and I sleep in the LR. I was so afraid I was going to have to move again, that I only unpacked what I needed.

It's going well here, and I now know that I'm not going to have to move, but I've gotten comfortable in my "studio style" living and just ignore the bedroom, except when I need to deal with clothes that are in there. I've become rather blind to the boxes at this point.

So now I'm ready to do what I need to do to fix up this place, which includes getting rid of a lot of stuff, since I can't possibly fit it all into this 520 sf apartment. I tossed some stuff last week that God knows why I was carrying it around, and I've decided to go through one box a day until I've gotten rid of what isn't necessary or precious. Along the way, I'll buy furniture to hold or display all the things I keep as I need them.

So that's where I am. It's been a very long road, but I'm ready to get on with my life now.

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Hi Everyone,

I am Clare. My story is similar to Carol's who joined earlier...I live in the country on a farm and the best way for me to get rid of stuff is to take it to town myself...45 km to nearest town. I tried to hire a skip bin, but we live too far out. Nearest skip place over 100km away.

The crux of my problem is: there is clutter in the house and 2 full shipping containers here that will need time to sort through.

I have joined a local buy sell and swap on facebook and will have to deliver the items to town if people want them. I found the language to list items on there intimidating so we'll have to see how that goes. Of course, my daughter who has stuff in both containers, will have to take her stuff on, but the rest I need to deal with. My husband is an opposing force.

What I need to overcome is the feeling of powerlessness that comes from not having enough say in what happens in my home and in the containers I bought.

I hope this team will support me in a bid for assertiveness and a tidy up.






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Good afternoon just joined and I have too much stuff

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Hi, I'm new to the team. I've been de-cluttering since 2014. I started in my craft room, it looked like a hoarder's paradise. Since then I've been working on other areas in my house. I'm slowly getting my things under control. Lately, I want to step up the effort, so here I am emoticon

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Hi Everyone, I am new to this team and just starting to use Spark again.

I have to work on keeping things neat and tidy so I don't have periodic clean ups to do. Apart from that, my clutter volume isn't that bad.

My son is getting married in two months and his bride will be moving in with me. I've promised them the hall closet and half the garage so that means I have a bit of work cut out for me.

I have stuff I don't need, but I also feel minimalism is for wealthy people who can just buy a new tool if they need it. So I have to find a balance I guess.

I'll be interested to hear how other people are managing their lives.

My challenge right now is to stop eating so much sugar.


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Hi all, new to the team. Looking forward to cleaning up my living space.

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Hi, I'm new to the team. I started off 2016 (and 2015) wanting to declutter, but haven't done a good job. Or rather, I started decluttering some other areas of my life and now I need to get back to the housework. Sometimes it feels hard to squeeze everything in -- work, family, taking care of myself, taking care of the house, pets, etc. But I know it's just more of a need to prioritize. Conquering some clutter would feel fabulous.

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Hi, I'm new to the team.
Looking to declutter my home and my habits.

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Hi everyone I'm new to the team and SparkPeople...really need to make some life changes so here I am.

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Hello there, I've just joined this team - sounds just like what I need!!
I've moved more times than I can count. Always having my life in boxes. Each time I've moved I got shed of lots of stuff; but still find that I live a very cluttered life. ie when I can't find an article I'm looking for, @ times I've been guilty of buying it. However, other times I just give up the project, leaving things as/where they are, and go do something else.
I also know that there are emotions involved - some I've stuffed deliberately, others I believe have snuck in through the blasted back door.

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Hi Carol. Welcome to the team. You've definitely come to the right place. The people here are great.

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Hi, I'm Carol and I joined this team a few weeks ago but haven't introduced myself. I am also doing two weight loss challenges right now and am feeling a little overwhelmed with how much time I am spending on SP. The two challenges will be over in 3 more weeks and I want to get started with some serious decluttering. We had decluttering for one of our goals in one challenge and I got my huge walk-in closet in my bedroom about done. I think I took about 8 big garbage bags full of clothes to Goodwill.

I have lived in my house for 21 years and things weren't too bad until I remarried 7 years ago and we combined 2 households into 1. DH is definitely a hoarder. He has trouble getting rid of things because, "he might need them later." Plus he collects things. I stopped collecting but still have things I did collect years before. My biggest problem is that I don't know what to do with things I think are worth something. We live in the country on a dead-end gravel road and there is no way we could accommodate traffic for a garage/yard sale. Other than just give stuff to Goodwill, I don't know what to do with it. So it just sits.

A couple of years ago, DH and I planned to move to Michigan to live near my mother who was in a nursing home. We packed up a bunch of stuff and even moved some of it up there and put it in storage. My mother passed away so we decided since our kids lived around this area, we would just stay here. We brought the stuff we had packed back here and it's still sitting in the basement in totes. I say since we haven't used it in 2 years, it's safe to just get rid of it. DH says it's stuff he wants to keep. DH isn't in the greatest of health, he is 73 and has onset dementia and I'm 69 in Sept. I want to be in a position to move closer to our doctors and my children and into a smaller house when we can't keep up with a 4 bedroom house on 5 acres and I want to get into that position before that happens. I don't want to wait until I'm in a caregiver position and have to manage it all by myself. I just don't know where to start.

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I rotate mine. I do one or two for awhile & get tired of them so I put them on the shelf & do several others for awhile. Just dug out a couple that haven't been used for awhie & am anxious to use them again.

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Hello! My name is the_little_lady. I am not a hoarder, just like to keep stuff in case I will ever need it in the future... I have recently gone through my stash of cookbooks to give to a new home but nobody wants them! My luck... My clothes are now down to what I will wear and what I will need... What I am kind-of debating on are my workout videos and DVDs... Should I keep or should I part with? I really am bored with them but lots of thought and money went into them... Any opinions?

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5/13/16 1:50 P

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Welcome, Karen. You can do it! I know from experience!

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I'm Sandy & as you might guess, I live in St. Louis. Well actually, a suburb of St. Louis. I'm glad to find this team. I've considered joining it before, but didn't want to add another team. Now I'm re-setting my priorities & I've eliminated several groups & added a couple of others. Looking forward to being clutter free.

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I share a too small house with my Dad. We're both terrible at collecting stuff. I feel like I'm drowning in stuff. I cleaned up a small room to make into an exercise room and slowly the clutter crept back. This week I spent 1 night getting it back in shape, 1 night putting away the last 2 weeks laundry and 1 night sorting a file cabinet that I should be using for current paperwork not 20 year old leases and rotting batteries. I "run away from home" most weekends to escape but I really want to be able to enjoy my home because I'm not in a position to change my living situation (I bought my Dad's house so he wouldn't have to move). I think I found he right place.

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Hi Elizabeth!

Isn't it AMAZING how fast stuff accumulates when you lose the enforced discipline of moving every couple years? I'm boggled by it! Welcome to an encouraging group of determined declutterers!

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Wow, Joyce -- I'm impressed! And boy is your sister lucky to have you! I am praying for you both -- you can do it!

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Hi, everyone; I'm new to the team but not to Spark. I was so glad to find this team exists! I recently lost my job to downsizing and am taking the opportunity to clear the clutter from my life -- the physical clutter in my home, the other physical clutter of excess weight, as well as mental and emotional clutter -- I figure this is a great opportunity to do it -- plus it's a positive break from my job-search activities. My goal is 1 hour of physical (stuff) clutter clearing a day. I am so ready to clear the clutter and have a home that supports me! I'm also doing the DailyOm "Year to Clear" online course and lovlng it -- daily reaidngs that help me learn to welcome the clearing instead of dreading it. I'm really looking forward to being on this team.

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That is a great start Joyce! Glad for you that your sister can move in with you.

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Don't remember ever signing in here. But I now have a time line and must get serious.
My Sister is supposed to get out of her house in Illinois and move to my house in Missouri by this time next year. 12 months to get it done.

She has to clear out a whole house; I have to clear out 2 rooms and garage space for her storage.

Bought the Kon Mari book for each of us. Started the discussion with Hubby "What do we want our house to look like in 10 months?"and we Filled 3 boxes with VCR tapes we can get rid of.... so that was a good days effort!


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