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Old 03-08-2015, 11:40 PM   #21
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Yes! I saved all of these papers for some reason or other. Don't want personal info in the trash or recycling so have to shred a fair amount of it. And it is often boring!
I take mine camping with me, and sit around at night feeding them into the campfire. I get rid of my papers without shredding, I get to scratch my pyromania itch, and sometimes they make pretty colored flames.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:55 PM   #22
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Papers are the worst, as of course I have to read it, and then decide do I need to keep it or can I toss it. Then I end up with a stack of toss papers.
Just last week I thought I burned out the shredder as it stopped working, but it was only because it overheated !!
Thank goodness we have 2 shredders , oh wait I could probably get rid of one of those too
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OMG! Near the end there I spent days shredding! All those old tax forms, bank and credit card statements, canceled checks, etc. filing up the large filing cabinet, sheesh!

Yes the shredder overheated a couple of times. I had to let it rest.

One of the nice things about having e-statements now! Mostly I just shred credit card receipts now and I seem to only need to do it every couple of months.

We have much more limited filing storage now and it forces me to keep less and purge more often.
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We gave up shredding our own. For $5 per bankers box, we go to a local company. They let you watch them shred it. Old credit cards and the occasional staple...no problem. Time>money.


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I take mine camping with me, and sit around at night feeding them into the campfire. I get rid of my papers without shredding, I get to scratch my pyromania itch, and sometimes they make pretty colored flames.

This reminds me of one of my neighbors. Several times I've seen him burning papers in his outdoor fire pit, one page at a time. The first time I saw him doing this I became a little concerned with his mental state. But all appears to be ok after seeing him do it a few more times.

I made one really big dent in my de cluttering with an auction after my husband died. Now, when I get in the mood, I do a little at a time. I've given my daughter and son in law many things over the last few years. My daughter finally caught on to my method when she started to notice clutter at her house. 😏 I'm still waiting for her to clear out some school stuff in my basement.

I remember my mother being overwhelmed with decluttering task when she was in her 70s, so I know I need to do more before I hit 70, and my energy level declines.






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An approach I read suggested treating it like an adventure--you never know what treasure you might find.
+1. Definitely part of decluttering.

During our initial big decluttering purge, there were a few times DW and I would open a box in a back closet or wherever, pull out something, chuckle, look at each other and say in unison 'I'd forgotten we even had this!' Helped spur us on to find other stuff we no longer needed to put in the sell, give away or trash pile - and act on it. And of course we found some things (fortunately fewer) that we said 'I've been wondering where this was for years!!!' - those were keepers.

I know it's hard for some people, but it was fun at times and even rewarding ($, reuse, etc.). Again, you'd be amazed at what people will pay decent even good money for on eBay and other outlets. I just mailed something to a buyer this morning that will net us $120, that we had no use for and would have been very hard to sell locally, and if we did most likely for far less (even after fees).
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I remember my mother being overwhelmed with decluttering task when she was in her 70s, so I know I need to do more before I hit 70, and my energy level declines.
I only have 3.5 more years until I'm 70, yikes! Oh well. Today is gym day; I try to keep moving so that maybe I can delay any age related loss of energy. I wish I still had the energy that I had when my avatar photo was taken, back in 1961.

Maybe later this week I'll get started on another round of decluttering, too. We definitely need to take some things to GoodWill.
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This reminds me of one of my neighbors. Several times I've seen him burning papers in his outdoor fire pit, one page at a time. The first time I saw him doing this I became a little concerned with his mental state.
I'm sure that's a common reaction to a lot of things I do.
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I take mine camping with me, and sit around at night feeding them into the campfire. I get rid of my papers without shredding, I get to scratch my pyromania itch, and sometimes they make pretty colored flames.
Cool idea! Maybe I'll soak them in paraffin (from old candles) and make some great fire starters.
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Winter is a great time for document disposal. A good batch is used for starting fires in the stove, or just stuff them in to get a good blaze going to burn out the creosote from the chimney. Does that recycling count towards being a greenie?

In spring when I sweep the chimney only a minimal amount of creosote is left at the bottom when broushed.

Summer I take them to the mancave for starting campfires.
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