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Old 03-08-2015, 12:27 AM   #21
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:50 AM   #22
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Just today DW said "we need a bigger garage".
Its because it is stuffed with stuff !
I even have a canoe I bought 10 yrs ago, and never went canoeing with it But its outside as the garage is too full.
I am thinking of purging as the place is getting crowded.
I live in a neighborhood where many homes have 3 plus place garages. As I walk the neighborhood daily with my dog, I get to snoop observe how many of those garages are stuffed with junk, leaving the cars out in the Michigan winters to collect snow and ice. I'd say that at least half have a least one car space full of junk.
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:09 AM   #23
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DW and I are TRYING to get into the decumulation phase of life. Failing. Friends still give us small gifts of picture frames, trinkets etc. We tell them to give us wine but...

More challenging: our house has been in the family for 5 generations now...no one has ever moved out-they just die- so there's something like 150 years of accumulated stuff junk hanging around.
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My upper hallway is lined with medium size boxes of stuff to be put out alongside the road once the snow melts. Some of it came from helping to organize the clutter at a buddy's house, thinking I could use it versus throwing it into the dumpster he rented. Some of it is mine.
I used to store a lot of it in my spare bedroom, which is now a full time plant growing room. A much better use of the room.

My next warmer weather project is to go through the tools in the garage, sorting through stuff that belonged to my late FIL and late husband. Plus Mr B brought his tools (some of which belonged to his father) into the equation 5 years ago. He can sort through all that.

What I do not use and/or never will use will go to my local Legion for anyone who wants it or simply put out by the road. All Craftsman tools and non-specialized power tools that we need will be kept, of course. The rest is toast !

What I will keep is the nuts and bolts, screws, brackets and miscellaneous hardware. The replacement value on all that is pretty steep.

Digital things are taken to the town electronics recycle place on a regular basis, so not much hanging around in that department.
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:36 AM   #26
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I have that hoarding gene , but am trying to reform by selling things online. "Keep the best and sell (give away, throw out, etc...) the rest" is my new motto. In the last 4 months I have sold over $1,000, with a profit of maybe $700 (most sales were for $20 or less). Yeah, like the OP, I get stuff very cheap (pennies on the dollar), so its actually been profitable, though time consuming.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:07 AM   #27
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Remember... confession... good for the soul!

First- digital cameras... Bought one in the 1990's which was stolen... After that, paid $95 for an Aldi's Traveler, and $130 for a video... around 2000... Now, I buy old digital cameras at "The Closet", and the most I have paid is $2... including a binocular/digital camera which was $1.50... (I keep recoreds for when DW accuse me of buying too many toys).
I DID pay $4 for a Canon A1 35mm with three photo lenses, meters, flash, film, and a great camera bag. Have no idea what to do with it.

I missed a lot of "stuff" in my list... (remember that this is all spread out over 3 "homes")...
Music:
1 concert guitar
1 acoustic guitar,
1 student 3/4 guitar that I bought last week at Aldi's for $10 (big spender)
2 baritone ukes
1 uke from the early 1900's
3 keyboards
2 Recorders
2 harmonicas
1 Tin whistle
1 ocarina
1 nose whistle
1 electronic drum set... no software

Another confession... except for automobiles, have never sold anything to anyone in the past 25 years. When I finally lose interest, it all goes to Goodwill-type stores, is given away to friends or goes to the trash. "Free" at curbside does wonders for decluttering.

About dying...
Reminded me to check my life expectancy on the SS calcualtor. 9.8 years.
I need this "stuff".
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I have a lot of toys and luckily cannot think of anything else I want at this time. It's become a challenge to find places to store them and find time to play with them. I don't have space or time for any more.


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I like the curbside approach as well. Yesterday all of the xBox guitars, drums and dance pad went out and were gone in 30 minutes. On the garage front, DW claims that one of my great master strokes was putting a mezzanine in our garage which for some reason has a 16 foot ceiling. Et voila, another place to store stuff.
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In a perverse way, I'm looking forward to downsizing in retirement. A lot of my toys need a little work. I look forward to fixing them, playing with them, and then selling them off one by one...
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I missed a lot of "stuff" in my list... (remember that this is all spread out over 3 "homes")...

Another confession... except for automobiles, have never sold anything to anyone in the past 25 years. When I finally lose interest, it all goes to Goodwill-type stores, is given away to friends or goes to the trash. "Free" at curbside does wonders for decluttering.

If you happen to run across a 1963 - 1967 Corvette in your inventory, I'll be glad to take it off your hands.
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..........I need this "stuff".
I've been on a tear, selling "stuff' on eBay and it feels very liberating to have it gone. Having extra fun money is nice, too.
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:08 PM   #34
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Coming soon: You featured in show American Pickers.

I love that show! But in my life I am completely the opposite. Every time I buy something of any amount or size I am looking to throw away the equivalent. I am ready for the free spring bulk trash pickup, as I have me a pile waiting to be dumped.


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...computers; Friend and I had the idea a ways back to refurbish computers for schools and folks who couldn't afford a new one. After 15 years, I've just now gotten rid of the last of the detritus, and we never managed to assemble one working device.

Now, on to the retired laptops; 7 at last count.
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I have been slowly reorganizing my "stuff", inside the garage as well as the home. Good thing that electronic toys do not interest me much anymore. I have plenty as is.

As a DIY'er, I have tools and knick-knacks related to home and car maintenance. Hard to get rid of some stuff, but I am slowly learning to let them "go".
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I live in a neighborhood where many homes have 3 plus place garages. As I walk the neighborhood daily with my dog, I get to snoop observe how many of those garages are stuffed with junk, leaving the cars out in the Michigan winters to collect snow and ice. I'd say that at least half have a least one car space full of junk.
DW and I have noticed that too in hour neighborhood. Every house has at least a one car garage, most have two, a few have three. We are one of the few who keep our vehicles in the garage. Within five years I noticed how much better they look when kept under cover.

We are still slowly working on getting rid of excess stuff but it is getting harder the more we take out or throw out. I still need to make a run to the electronics recycling spot but that's down near the VA line so I've been putting it off. And like W2R when I think of buying anything new I think of "Where will I put it?" and "Am I going to want to move this?". It does help put the brakes on spending.
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Toys before getting married. All gone now. :-(

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Here's a study by UCLA that will show you how bad it is:
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The link is to a Youtube video from UCLA, "A Cluttered Life: Middle Class Abundance", an ethno-archaeological study of 32 households.

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... more possessions per household than any other civilization in global history...
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