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Old 02-07-2010, 06:14 AM   #21
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I'm in - but its going to to be tough to get at least one item every day
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:37 AM   #22
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Here's another thought -

Maybe someone gets, say, 10 days credit if they get rid of an recurring expense. Say someone decides to quit buying that latte after lunch. Or they start packing their lunch instead of buying it. Or they carpool one day a week, thus getting rid of a commute's worth of gas. Or they cancel call waiting. Whatever it may be.
I did all those things simply by retiring ...
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:00 AM   #23
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Audrey, Are you selling the MH and coming off the road? I wrote to you a while ago when the wife and I downsized to a condo. We also have a Monaco and wanted to be able to leave home once both kids got situated in college, and not worry about the house.This thread is ironic as I walked thru my shop and just thought the other day, if I could just get rid of a little at a time.. We had no choice with the house, as we had a buyer that needed to be in pretty quick and we didn't want to risk the sale by not accomodating them. Where are you building and Best of Luck. Sorry to hijack the thread also,
No, I am in the process complicating my life by building a house but also keeping the motorhome and staying on the road at least half of the year. In fact, half the house is for the RV to live in. It is a winter home, so to speak, and located in the lower Rio Grande Valley (southern tip of Texas).

So, within a couple of years I expect we'll have at least twice the stuff! But that's only because we got rid of so very much five years ago.

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Old 02-07-2010, 08:10 AM   #24
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We have been doing this for several months. We have a long way to go. I have several friends who have started doing this too. It feels good to donate the useful things which we will never use, but others can use. On the other side, this has caused us to think very carefully about every purchase we make to assure it is something we need and will use.
Yes - a huge benefit is how it really changes your point of view when contemplating new purchases. It's really easy to recall one of many moments when you looked at that thing that you finally pulled out of the lower corner of a closet where it has been for 10 years and think "What was I thinking! What a waste! Why didn't I get rid of this years ago!?!". Kind of makes you hesitant to accumulate more.

But living without the clutter - even when it is hidden away, you still kind of know it's there! - is just so nice and freeing.

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Old 02-07-2010, 09:00 AM   #25
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We did a lot of that when we moved to a much smaller house. We started giving a bunch of stuff away, selling some better stuff on Craigslist, and held a "housecooling" party when we were moving where guests had to take items away with them at the end.
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I have been trying to do this recently by not buying knick-knacks at my favorite junk/collectible store and also not adding to my bulging clothes closets. I might even sell off a few things this summer to make the house feel more spacious.
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Thanks for all the feedback. Some have said that an item a day would be tough. Me, I could do that simply with a courageous cull of my books. In theory at least


Here's an idea, we could make it a weekly event, meaning we post once a week about what that weeks items are. Some of us can collect 7 items for that week, others might just do a few or even one.

Its probably a more natural timescale for actually disposing of something (weekly), as its a reasonable time for something to sell on craigslist, and a reasonable frequency for trips to goodwill.

Its also a reasonable frequency for resurrecting a thread - like Wednesday Weigh Ins.

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I like the idea. I'm running pretty lean right now, but there is always more stuff to jetison.
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:18 PM   #29
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Thanks for all the feedback. Some have said that an item a day would be tough. Me, I could do that simply with a courageous cull of my books. In theory at least


Here's an idea, we could make it a weekly event, meaning we post once a week about what that weeks items are. Some of us can collect 7 items for that week, others might just do a few or even one.

Its probably a more natural timescale for actually disposing of something (weekly), as its a reasonable time for something to sell on craigslist, and a reasonable frequency for trips to goodwill.

Its also a reasonable frequency for resurrecting a thread - like Wednesday Weigh Ins.

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But, but, but these are the toys that I have already paid for. Some I have not really played with.

Throwing them out? What a waste! It's a crime in the LBYM book!

No, I am not in! I shall not throw out anything before it's time.

Hell no, I won't throw.
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No way I can do one item per day. However, 365 in a year would be no problem. we usually do 3-4 trips to the Salvation Army per year, and I bet we exceed 100 items per trip. Since I now have to document them to get the tax break I'll just post my Form 8283 here each April.
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I do have a bunch of stuff to give away, throw out, recycle. Just have to get into gear and sort it and do it.
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But, but, but these are the toys that I have already paid for. Some I have not really played with.

Throwing them out? What a waste! It's a crime in the LBYM book!

No, I am not in! I shall not throw out anything before it's time.

Hell no, I won't throw.
That's why NW-Bound needs two houses plus an RV! LOL!

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But, but, but these are the toys that I have already paid for. Some I have not really played with.

Throwing them out? What a waste! It's a crime in the LBYM book!

No, I am not in! I shall not throw out anything before it's time.

Hell no, I won't throw.
I suggest you sit down and watch a couple of episodes of Hoarders back to back. That normally has me running around the house looking for things to toss.
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A good friend recently told me I was the only person she knew who would not have to de-clutter her house to sell it.

So not in, but looking forward to seeing your efforts!
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The only thing I can think of that might be considered clutter is my collection of Care Bears. 99% of them were given to me. I have other stuffed animals as well that were gifts.

I just can't look at their little faces and tell them they have to go away...
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A good friend recently told me I was the only person she knew who would not have to de-clutter her house to sell it.
What's your modus operandi? It seems like the more LBYM I get, the more clutter I get. I hate it.
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What's your modus operandi? It seems like the more LBYM I get, the more clutter I get. I hate it.
We don't save things just in case they might come in handy, like shoeboxes, plastic butter tubs, etc. We've only lived in one house that is very old and small, with old-fashioned small closets, so we didn't really have room for extra stuff. If we get something new (say a new winter coat), we send the old one to the Salvation Army. We dump junk mail as soon as it comes into the house (we do subscribe to the newspaper but it goes into recycling every day), and I'm really good at keeping on top of recordkeeping/filing/etc. I can't remember the last book I bought--I love my public library.
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Oh Sure now you guys think of this. In the last six months I have thrown given away or sold hundreds of items, May even a thousand. I cleaned my garage, the back of the barn a storeroom and my attic. IT is worth the effort.
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