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post #41 of 230
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Originally Posted by agirlday View Post
I'm in.

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My New Years Resolution is to create a home where I want to be. Relaxing, enjoyable, less visually distracting. My plan is to do two 15-minute decluttering sessions a day and then establish a system for regular cleaning.

This will speak for my level of desperation: I have been on the MDC boards, lurking for four years. This is my first post!
Welcome from lurkdom!

You can do it. I think you have very realistic goals set for yourself.
post #42 of 230
I'm in as well! I have been participating in the 2010 in 2010 decluttering thread. We are planning a move this year. Not far, though possibly out of town. Not sure how big our new place will be. I am looking for a 3 bedroom, so we will have a master bedroom, a room for DS (he's in our room now, but will probably want his own space eventually), and a room for me to paint and keep/manage my artwork (so a studio, basically). I am trying to find a balance between too much and too little space, and I am decluttering now so that we will know how much room we truly need.
post #43 of 230
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We are creating a family closet complete with a washer/dryer combo unit (the kind that is both in one, not the stackable kind). I helped the kids (all four) reduce their clothing by half so we can fit it all in one big closet. I am dreaming of easily maintained laundry.
I loooove this idea! The first time I ever heard of people doing this was the Duggars. lol. But when we start looking for a house a laundry room with enough space to make a closet is going to be a must. After years of going to the laundry mat and putting quarters in machines, or going to my moms to do it (sad I know) I cant wait for laundry to not be a PITA!


In other news Ive started de-cluttering for our move in April. As Ive mentioned before my husband is deploying in early March, and Im not going to start packing until hes gone. Ive started going from room to room going through things and getting rid of clutter. Im also doing the 2010 in 2010.

A lot of the household stuff is easy, my little sister is getting ready to move out on her own for the first time, so all my extra towels, kitchen stuff, linens, etc can go to her!
post #44 of 230
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Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
we sold our 3-br 1300 sq ft home (obviously), and will be buying a 409 sq ft, two bedroom apt.
A little OT, but wow! That is a small 2 bedroom! You are going to be the queen of small-space organization, lol.

Where in NZ are you moving to? That has always been a dream of ours too
post #45 of 230
we're moving to wellington, nz.

yeah, it is a small space. we call it an "ikea" space. DH was freaking out about it, but then we went and looked at a 400 sq ft space (at ikea) and he realized that it was no problem at all. he said "oh, this is bigger than the apt in copenhagen where we stayed!" and then he was happy.

also, he figured out that living where we wanted to live in wellington (inside the green belt, in the city), anything that was what he wanted space-wise would cost *a lot* more than our budget and that to get that space within our budget we'd have to live way out, get a fixer-upper, and have a car. and he said "well, that defeats a lot of the purpose of moving there."

so, he's game for the apt at 400 sq ft.

it's a combined living-dining-kitchen (LDK), a 3/4 bath (shower, no tub, but also washer/dryer!), and two "double" bedrooms (meaning they fit two double beds and two side tables, or could fit a queen with smaller/floating side tables, or a king with no side tables--their decorator, because it comes furnished, has emailed me a couple of times to talk about our options).

so, today, we do our final packing. we have purged *so* much, and we will do the final purge today.

i hope to have *nothing* to ship, and only our allowed luggage (12 bags total). two trunks of DS's toys, the rest being clothes, jewelry, and favorite kitchen items. i looked at my jewelry and i'm not sure if it will fit. LOL ah well. i can always ship the stuff that's inexpensive.
post #46 of 230
Zoebird, What prompted the move to NZ? Does one of you have a job there or family? What about residency?

We want to move to Ireland one day. Dh can get citizenship, but with elderly and sick ILs it'll be a while.
post #47 of 230
Can anyone join here? I've been lurking a while but just only started posting and I really really really need this decluttering help.
post #48 of 230
I'm finally joining. I need the help. I am tired of spending my life caring for things, arguing about things, working around things! I have a family, a future, and a spiritual nature to focus on.
We are also moving (again) this year. It is always a major source of stress and I want this time to be easier, because we have less stuff to move!!
post #49 of 230
I need to join this group. We're in a new house and I'm really enjoying the space to stretch out, but I want to keep it nice and spacious. I quite like having nothing but a bucket, a bottle of laundry detergent and a tub of bleach in one ciling height double door closet
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Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
it's a combined living-dining-kitchen (LDK), a 3/4 bath (shower, no tub, but also washer/dryer!), and two "double" bedrooms (meaning they fit two double beds and two side tables, or could fit a queen with smaller/floating side tables, or a king with no side tables--their decorator, because it comes furnished, has emailed me a couple of times to talk about our options).
I'm half envious, half boggled. Our bedroom is that size! And while I often look around our bedroom and think we could easily live in it (with the attached 50 sq ft bathroom and 50 sq ft closet ), when we did have a house twice that size we were cramped.

If you have the choice in your decorating, I would choose a solid floor instead of carpet. When we lived in a small space my biggest bugbear was the vacuum cleaner. You can get little vacuum-like devices but they don't clean nearly as well as a real one, and the real ones are so huge! And it takes you ten minutes to do the whole house very thoroughly, and yet you lose all this space to the tool. With a hard floor you could use a broom and not need a mop (do it by hand).
post #50 of 230
subbing for ideas and inspiration!

my main pitfalls are books and old things. i have a lot of really interesting and/or beautiful things from my grandmother's attic (intricate vases, antique bottles, vintage plates, antique tools, etc) that I have a real hard time letting go of. I keep telling myself I will sell some things on ebay but I just never get around to it, and I can't bring myself to take them to goodwill! You all are inspiring me, though.....keep up the good work!
post #51 of 230
we're moving to NZ because we bought a holistic health center there. it's also an international film hub, but the community is more like "old hollywood" where people are just starting out and creating together. I teach yoga; DH is in film (pre-professional, technically, but he has contacts in NZ).

our family is all here (pennsylvania), but are not "elderly" and definitely are self-sufficient. my family will likely move closer to my sister as they age, and DH's sister will likely move back here in a year or two anyway, so she'll probably manage DH's family as they age.

in regards to the apartment, i am getting hardwood or laminate floors throughout. we had this in our 1300 sq ft place and i loved it. we lived without it for 8 years or something, and i had a terrible time with the carpet.

and just now, my DS vomited all over the little area rug at our friend's house, and i just spend the last 45 minutes scrubbing the darn thing. to an extent, i really even hate area rugs. LOL

i am a queen of small space design. first, i love ikea. second, i love minimalism. third, a large portion of our travel involves living in small spaces, coming home and down sizing. i'm very good at keeping things to a minimum, keeping only what i use and purging frequently, and organizing like crazy. i'm just good at it.

i really look forward to living in the smaller space. the biggest challenge is how DH ends up with clutter and "can't figure out why!" a part of it is because he just sets things down. for example, i put a whole bunch of plastic bags of his mail and other papers from his mother into a laundry basket. tonight, we go through all papers before our move.

well, he doesn't know how he ended up with so much paper. it's because he didn't go through it before; he didn't declutter as things came along--which is the key to keeping things clutter free. if i say to him "what is this?" in an effort to declutter it right away, i get a bit of push back. but i've told him--NO CLUTTER in a small space. so, hopefully, he'll work on it, or i have to go through his paper.

yesterday, as an example, i deeply offended my MIL. in addition to our mail--including junk mail that she saved--she also gave us a crap load of newspaper clippings and magazines with tagged articles to share. all of them were somehow "relevant" to DH such as a friend from high school getting an award, his second cousin being interviewed in a seattle paper about her research, etc.

so, she hands me this massive bag and i sit down right away and go through it. recycle the junk mail right away. then pull out the bills and put them in my receipt holder. pull out the checks to deposit and get rid of the envelopes and put those checks into my wallet. go through the articles and have DH read them (since the ILs ignore us for the first 1-2 hrs that we are at their place, it's the perfect time to read them), and then recycle them.

so, we leave with no bag, no extra papers, just the checks and bills. we get home, pay the bills online, and i shred and recycle that paper. put the checks in the bank today, file receipts, and put them into the computer ledger that i keep.

MIL is *furious* that we "don't care about the articles." we read them, we don't need to keep them for reference! she was deeply offended that we wouldn't take the magazines, after all they are "cluttering up her space!" duh, i don't want it cluttering up our space and we can't take it to NZ!

she is our US address for mail, and very shortly, the only things we'll be getting there is US checks (from DH's consulting business) and junk mail. i told her to forgo sending us obvious junk mail, send only things related to taxes. she is on the account to make deposits, so she'll be depositing checks for us--i told her to email us the amount and receipt number for the ledger, then shred and toss the receipt. I wouldn't be surprised if we get a package every quarter with a bunch of clippings and receipts that will just have to be recycled in NZ. LOL

anyway, i love to live minimally and clutter free. and, it's just the three of us afterall.

in the apt where we stayed in Denmark--easily about 300 sq ft--a family with 4 children lived in what was essentially a small kitchen, a small bath, an entry hall, and two rooms. all four children shared the back "bedroom" and then the parents slept in the main room which also had a dining table. it was pretty amazing.
post #52 of 230
we're moving to NZ because we bought a holistic health center there. it's also an international film hub, but the community is more like "old hollywood" where people are just starting out and creating together. I teach yoga; DH is in film (pre-professional, technically, but he has contacts in NZ).

our family is all here (pennsylvania), but are not "elderly" and definitely are self-sufficient. my family will likely move closer to my sister as they age, and DH's sister will likely move back here in a year or two anyway, so she'll probably manage DH's family as they age.

in regards to the apartment, i am getting hardwood or laminate floors throughout. we had this in our 1300 sq ft place and i loved it. we lived without it for 8 years or something, and i had a terrible time with the carpet.

and just now, my DS vomited all over the little area rug at our friend's house, and i just spend the last 45 minutes scrubbing the darn thing. to an extent, i really even hate area rugs. LOL

i am a queen of small space design. first, i love ikea. second, i love minimalism. third, a large portion of our travel involves living in small spaces, coming home and down sizing. i'm very good at keeping things to a minimum, keeping only what i use and purging frequently, and organizing like crazy. i'm just good at it.

i really look forward to living in the smaller space. the biggest challenge is how DH ends up with clutter and "can't figure out why!" a part of it is because he just sets things down. for example, i put a whole bunch of plastic bags of his mail and other papers from his mother into a laundry basket. tonight, we go through all papers before our move.

well, he doesn't know how he ended up with so much paper. it's because he didn't go through it before; he didn't declutter as things came along--which is the key to keeping things clutter free. if i say to him "what is this?" in an effort to declutter it right away, i get a bit of push back. but i've told him--NO CLUTTER in a small space. so, hopefully, he'll work on it, or i have to go through his paper.

yesterday, as an example, i deeply offended my MIL. in addition to our mail--including junk mail that she saved--she also gave us a crap load of newspaper clippings and magazines with tagged articles to share. all of them were somehow "relevant" to DH such as a friend from high school getting an award, his second cousin being interviewed in a seattle paper about her research, etc.

so, she hands me this massive bag and i sit down right away and go through it. recycle the junk mail right away. then pull out the bills and put them in my receipt holder. pull out the checks to deposit and get rid of the envelopes and put those checks into my wallet. go through the articles and have DH read them (since the ILs ignore us for the first 1-2 hrs that we are at their place, it's the perfect time to read them), and then recycle them.

so, we leave with no bag, no extra papers, just the checks and bills. we get home, pay the bills online, and i shred and recycle that paper. put the checks in the bank today, file receipts, and put them into the computer ledger that i keep.

MIL is *furious* that we "don't care about the articles." we read them, we don't need to keep them for reference! she was deeply offended that we wouldn't take the magazines, after all they are "cluttering up her space!" duh, i don't want it cluttering up our space and we can't take it to NZ!

she is our US address for mail, and very shortly, the only things we'll be getting there is US checks (from DH's consulting business) and junk mail. i told her to forgo sending us obvious junk mail, send only things related to taxes. she is on the account to make deposits, so she'll be depositing checks for us--i told her to email us the amount and receipt number for the ledger, then shred and toss the receipt. I wouldn't be surprised if we get a package every quarter with a bunch of clippings and receipts that will just have to be recycled in NZ. LOL

anyway, i love to live minimally and clutter free. and, it's just the three of us afterall.

in the apt where we stayed in Denmark--easily about 300 sq ft--a family with 4 children lived in what was essentially a small kitchen, a small bath, an entry hall, and two rooms. all four children shared the back "bedroom" and then the parents slept in the main room which also had a dining table. it was pretty amazing.
post #53 of 230
zoebird, your new place sounds very cool, and you sound super well prepared for it! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your adventures Will you be keeping a blog?

Check this out:
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/201...rns-block.html
(This is the city I live in)
post #54 of 230
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Originally Posted by Mama2Xander View Post
zoebird, your new place sounds very cool, and you sound super well prepared for it! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your adventures Will you be keeping a blog?

Check this out:
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/201...rns-block.html
(This is the city I live in)
Pretty cool, I want to see pictures of the "toilet, shower, and sink in one" area though!
post #55 of 230
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mama2Xander View Post
zoebird, your new place sounds very cool, and you sound super well prepared for it! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your adventures Will you be keeping a blog?

Check this out:
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/201...rns-block.html
(This is the city I live in)

Sounds cool but it's on Hasting Street!
post #56 of 230
while we were in denmark, we saw a shower/sink/toilet.

essentially, the sink is right on the side of the tank (and it's clean water) and the spout of the sink would pull away on a hose and be a shower. the whole room was tiled, so it was no problem just washing up quickly in there.

it was great, actually. the room wasn't very large at all, and it was a very efficient little toilet/sink/shower.

i could probably live in the 270 sq ft no problem, but i know DH wouldn't jive. it would be ok temporarily.

we are looking at using our second bedroom as a guest space using a murphy bed and drop-down table combo, as well as enclosed wardrobes on either side of it to store office supplies and meditation supplies. the idea is to use the space as our home yoga/meditation space, and then also be able to use it as an office or guest room if we need to.

it will also likely become hawk's room (unless we decide to get another place before then), so we'll move the office supplies to our closet (which will basically be a storage space), move his games, toys, and books into that room (as well as his dresser), and then use the storage that we will have built into the LR for "world schooling" (whatever unschooling supplies are necessary) and so on.

we are still considering renting the second room out for a time, but we are not sure. i still think a murphy bed/table/wardrobes is a good idea whether we rent the place out, use it as a guest space, or transition it to hawk's place. i'm considering the same for our own bedroom, but we are not sure yet.

if we do rent out the other room, then, yes, i think a murphy bed is the right way to go. i think they come in king size. LOL maybe.
post #57 of 230
also, i found that you save a lot of water. when i would shower, i would turn the water on, spray myself wet, then turn the water off. then soap up (and shampoo), and then turn the water back on to rinse. so, it wasn't like a normal "shower" in the way that one might take a 'relaxing shower'--but it was efficient and clean.
post #58 of 230
I'm in need of simplifying and organizing myself, and this thread is a breathe of fresh air. My husband, dd, and I live in a small two bedroom apartment. It's about 700 square feet, which isn't bad, but the layout has never really worked for me and we don't have any real outdoor space. We were considering a move, but now I'm almost certain that we won't. We've been here a year and a half, and for various reasons I've never felt in love with the place or felt like it was anything more than temporary. Now we're talking about staying here another couple years. After temporary disappointment, this has made me think of all the great ways I can decorate this blank white walls, and organize for some nice outdoor space, etc.

Have you ever noticed that when you have less money, you seem to want to hord more? I don't know that that is everyone, but it's certainly an issue for me. For example, we have a large fake Christmas tree given to me by my sil. Part of me really wants to get rid of it. It takes up so much storage place and so much floor space during the holidays too. My husband and I are discussing getting a real, living tree this next year. And yet, I fear that we won't have the money for some reason and then we won't have any tree at all and that has been very depressing in years past. Of course, it was depressing for other reasons than lack of tree (far from home, was in an abusive relationship with an ex, etc) but it still triggers emotions in me.

So yeah, this thread has motivated me to clean out some extra glasses, go get rid of an unneeded corner shelf, and find a better place for my bath towels.

I'll be working on the Christmas stuff soon, lol.
post #59 of 230
Thread Starter 
happyhats, congrats on striving for a more simple life and making the best of what you have.

I have never been into overabundance, but I have had my share of stuff in the past. Even in good economic times, I frugal and it makes it easier to help others now. One thing I am noticing, more and more people are approaching me about my lifestyle to make a change in theirs.
post #60 of 230
zoebird, good luck on the move. Sounds wonderful.

My kids and dh are fans of the show Legend of the Seeker which is filmed in NZ. I told them you are moving there and your dh is in the film industry. The kids are making me write this email to ask you if he knows anything about it or anyone associated with it
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