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12/30/14 2:16 P

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I have this problem too. Great idea, ELLIEJOSIE! Although I'm not sure about the initial system that was mentioned. Guess I have some looking up to do! :)

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12/30/14 1:52 P

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Great ideas and suggestions. I need help with this too.

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12/30/14 11:13 A

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throw it out, that's what I have been doing

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12/29/14 10:38 P

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Thanks!
ELLIEJOSIE I know you're right about the emotional attachment to some things - and the indecisiveness - I will try your suggestion on a small scale. I need to empty out a drawer in my kitchen but I know it's full of miscellaneous stuff that I've hung onto "just in case". I'll start there.

I also like the idea of a junk drawer for those loose one-of-a-kind things - thanks
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12/29/14 5:25 A

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I doubt I will ever find a satisfactory solution to that!!!!

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12/28/14 5:07 P

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I fully agree with what EllieJosie said. Good luck! I know the feeling. I just moved and I keep on finding that type of stuff!

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12/28/14 4:23 P

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I have that problem too. a couple of things that has helped (but the problem is ongoing)

1. put it all in a box and plan on leaving it in the box for a couple of months. anything you actually use during that time gets pulled out of the box and you find a place for it. anything still left in the box (except for seasonal items) gets donated.

2. designate a "junk drawer" that drawer contains all the "homeless" items you want to keep. There is nothing wrong with having a junk drawer as long as you don't let it get out of control

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12/28/14 4:20 P

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Here's my take on your problem. You are finding a roadblock that you would find another way, if possible, because it is part of your indecision for some reason. Address it this way: use a flylady system of donate, trash, or find a home. But if you want to keep an item and can't or won't find a home for it, make that a 4th box. Keep filling it, don't deal with it right away, just donate or trash or re-locate everything else and let that box alone, adding to it as needed. When you are done with a room, put that box into the garage or where you won't see it. Don't judge it or yourself about it. Then in one month or year or a longer period of time, go through the box. Chances are, you don't need those items and don't want them now - they were in the box because you needed an excuse to not make a decision. Keep doing this, over and over, until there is no reason to have a 4th box. I have to do this with clothing, having grown up very poor, and clothing was so scarce. I just can't toss it or give it away easily. It isn't about the clothing, it is about my deepest feelings about scarcity and poverty. But after a year "in hiding", I've lost the emotion attached to the box and out they go.

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12/28/14 4:02 P

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I read through this week's challenge and I was reminded of what my biggest ongoing problem is. A little challenge like clean out a drawer - take out the stuff that doesn't belong and only put back what does belong.

Sounds simple enough.

My problem is whenever I pull out "what doesn't belong" I don't know what to do with it.
It ends up orphaned in a pile until it gets stuffed somewhere else just to get it out of sight.

This happens a lot, whether I'm decluttering my living room or my bathroom drawers. There's always homeless stuff that doesn't really have a place to live but I don't necessarily want to get rid of it.

Even using Flylady, her approach to using 4 boxes - I can gather trash and recycling and thrift store items but then I'm left with a box of homeless items that can take another hour to sort through and find a home for. Thinking of what's involved at that stage is alone enough to prevent me from starting.

How do you deal with the wanted-but-unwanted stuff after a cleanout?


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