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Old 03-28-2016, 09:07 PM   #61
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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

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Old 03-28-2016, 09:30 PM   #62
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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.

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Old 03-28-2016, 11:54 PM   #63
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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.

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Old 03-29-2016, 06:52 AM   #64
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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.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:55 PM   #65
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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 ...
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:50 AM   #66
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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.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:04 AM   #67
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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.

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