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Old 01-19-2016, 05:31 PM   #21
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Suggestion: Go around your house, and closets, and garage now - taking lots of photos of how it looks "with" all the stuff.

For those of us who have to spread-out-and-sort before letting go, there is a period of time where it gets way worse before it gets better.

I recently looked through the "before and during" photos on my computer (we've done a lot of de-cluttering) and it was an amazing thing to see. It helps you to realize you are making progress.

When I realized I was keeping some things because of the "memories" they held, taking photos made it easier to let such things go.

And.... I've loved "living lighter" and I hope we will continue to downsize.

Very glad we attacked it at this age and not 20 years from now...

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Old 01-19-2016, 05:41 PM   #22
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The first of the stuff went out the door....

Originally Posted by heeyy_joe View Post
Kick the accumulation habit with that new knee!
Just makes it a little harder.. How much can I heft?

Originally Posted by spncity
Living lighter... .
Wow I think it is a necessity.

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Old 01-19-2016, 05:43 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by athena53 View Post
Take another look at Craigslist. I've gotten rid of an insane variety of things by listing them under Free Stuff with my address and putting them at the end of the driveway. No phone calls, no one knocking on your door. Example: two tins of assorted buttons from my late mothers-in-law. I got urgent e-mails from people asking me to hold them so they could pick them up. (Sorry, no-first come, first served.)
I agree. If you don't want money for it, CL is a wonderful way to find someone who wants your stuff. And no interaction is required.

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My parents recently downsized and threw out an awful lot of good stuff. I remember the poor garbage man pausing to inspect all this perfectly good stuff before he tossed it in.
I recently had to clear out my Mom's house after she died. While there was a ton of junk, there was also a lot of items that could have brought in some money if anyone had been interested in selling on eBay or Craigslist. Instead we had an auctioneer come haul it all away, and it all got sold for less than $500. This was out in the boonies, so I'm sure a lot of it was "What am I bid for this box of undetermined crap? Sold for a dollar!" If you can't bring it before an interested buyer, it's just junk, no matter what. And it takes a lot of time to hook up with a buyer. It just wasn't worth it to us, and I suspect the same was true for your parents.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:57 AM   #24
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Really - what is it about cardboard boxes? We have boxes within boxes within boxes stacked all over the garage and in closets. At the ready in case we need to ship or contain something - all different sizes just waiting for the right objects to fill them. In the meantime, month after month, they sit it sullen stacks piled on top of parked cars, looming from cabinet tops, cascading from counters..

DH breaks them down and puts them out with the recycling. We keep a few for sorting.

Paper is our problem-old bills and receipts. When we get a couple of boxes of them DH takes them to a shredding company. They charge about $5/box. You can watch you stuff get shredded too.

Get rid of the boxes!.They are a fire hazard and bugs find their way into them. Yuck!

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