Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-28-2016, 09:07 PM   #61
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
redduck's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 2,419
Originally Posted by LitGal View Post

And here I had been bragging about seeing some......
So now you understand why your friends just smiled and nodded, but didn't say anything

"Expanded polystyrene (made with a blowing agent) releases the blowing agent (gas) when you put it in the toaster. So what you end up with is non-expanded polystyrene!" -- philosopher aja8888
redduck is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-28-2016, 09:30 PM   #62
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 476
As the OP, I am taking in all of these great opinions and information. I will admit that nothing has changed. Yet.

I hope to be able to report progress, when and if it occurs.

Thanks everybody for your thoughts.

gindie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2016, 11:54 PM   #63
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,522
My $0.02:

Try for once a week. 2 hours max. So it doesn't feel like all day. Everyone tackles the same room. All at once. Wear rubber gloves. Years ago we bought 3 or 4 round open plastic tubs. They make great trash containers. They're light, portable, big and open.

Put on some music while cleaning. It helps drown out thinking too hard.

Start with kitchen and bathrooms. Your health depends on it. When you get down to a surface, really wipe it clean. Wear gloves to protect your hands. For sanitizing, try tangerine or orange scented non-aerosol products. They smell fantastic. One of the best parts of a clean house is the way it smells.

Once the 2 hours are up, get rid of the stuff you cleaned out. Immediately. To the trash, recycle plastic bags, whatever.

I just started this with my family, DH and DS. Last week in fact. Our bedroom has 1/10 the clutter it did a week ago. We decluttered Thursday then dusted, vacuumed, and cleaned bathrooms Friday.

Another key element is no blaming allowed. Just feel good that you are doing something.

It isn't just going to happen. You have to make it happen.

One last idea: years ago DH bought a set of plastic containers for the kitchen. Since then all other plastic tubs that products come in go to recycling when empty. Also use reusable grocery bags. These two things really help control kitchen clutter.

Sent from my iPhone using Early Retirement Forum
EastWest Gal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2016, 06:52 AM   #64
Dryer sheet aficionado
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 33
Originally Posted by Sunset View Post
Wow, really ?
You don't have garbage pick up ?

Here we throw out anything metal (old desk chair) and it's gone in 2 hours.
I threw out an above ground swimming pool, took it apart, put the liner in garbage bags for trash.
The metal I rolled up and it was gone in 1 hour (probably worth $60 to the guy who picked it up).

I suppose I understand the first time, but surely the second time the amounts are small.
The cost is based on how much they pick up and they will give you a price before they start. I had an entire truck load the first time.
PamInCA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2016, 08:55 PM   #65
gone traveling
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,135
For DM - We spent 3 days collecting or setting aside her real keepsakes - then had an estate sale company come in and sell sell sell ... Was all done start to finish in about 2 weeks.

What a liberating feeling. And we got her some cash for stuff that she never would have used in the new place

I can not recommend estate sale process enough. It was super efficient and took the emotion out of getting rid of all the stuff.

MIL and FIL moving soon. Likely to do the same ...
papadad111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2016, 09:50 AM   #66
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 340
Unfortunately almost everyone has missed the point here. The issue isnt the stuff that has accumulated...its the mental disorder of why they cant get rid of the stuff. That has to be tackled first. There is no point in throwing anything away without first addressing why the hoarding is happening in the first place.
ponyboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2016, 10:04 AM   #67
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ivinsfan's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,560
I don't think anyone missed the point, the OP asked for help, saying things had gotten so out of hand that not only do they not have people over, they would be afraid to let a repairman into her home.

Asking is the first step,people have suggested some "baby steps". The OP said they are thinking things over and hoping to make some progress soon. The first step is always the hardest....counseling takes time, money and commitment.

ivinsfan is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help me sup up our IRA's Advice from pro's appreciated mahalo kgtest FIRE and Money 14 11-19-2013 10:17 AM
Embarrassing Question ricthemic Hi, I am... 9 03-01-2008 01:43 PM
Neighbor issue - wisdom appreciated! SecondCor521 Other topics 20 08-08-2007 01:31 PM
EmigrantDirect – Your experiences and opinions appreciated. WyndChym FIRE and Money 57 08-04-2006 11:32 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:54 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.