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post #21 of 39
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Originally Posted by ChristyMarie View Post


All of the crystal ones fit in glass faced cabinets in my kitchen.

Then I have all the non-crystal ones in cabinets over my bar in the family room. Easy access for parties.

Martini glasses are all on display shelves in the library - some upright, some hanging.

I do have about 6 dozen in carry boxes in the wine cellar - but I bought those to travel to other houses for our wine club so it makes sense to keep them packed and ready to go.

I still have space in cabinets over my basement bar should I feel the need for more.
bolding mine

Well, this explains things. Once our East Wing has been renovated, we should have plenty of space for glasses.
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by ASusan View Post
Once our East Wing has been renovated, we should have plenty of space for glasses.
But of course! Everyone knows east wings are simply the place for glassware storage.

Truth be told, I probably have a wee bit more storage and cabinet space than the average house.

I also have way too many Christmas trees to the point where I'm wondering if my husband will notice if I put up 5 instead of 4 this year. I brought another one home (it was my mom's) and he hasn't yet noticed but it is still in the garage. I'm thinking I can play the "oh no honey, we've had that for years" unobservant-husband routine.
post #23 of 39
Way too many little girl clothes; though mostly thrifted, consignment-shopped, or handed down to us, we have FAR more than our DD _or any future DDs_ will wear! Our cedar closet, built just before DD was born is now FULL. and she is 3MO. I already need 2nd bins for certain sizes. it's a problem- I can't pass up a "great deal" on quality clothing!!

lipsticks- me too! However, I hardly even wear lipstick, but keep buying them, thinking- "Maybe I'll like this one enough to wear it?" invariably, i wear for a few days, then it just collects dust in the drawer.

spatulas. It's not even a huge variety, mostly the same size and composition. I use all of them, but could 100% function with 1/8 of the stock! I just can't get rid of them, because they all work well. I actually NEED a new smaller one, and can't justify buying it since the drawer is bursting with spatulas!

diaper-making fabric. i have NO time to sew anymore. maybe someday. that stuff isnt cheap!

fabric scraps/recycled fabrics- see above, except I justify keeping because, "it's a free source of fabric!!" um, i dont use the good stuff.

kitchen linens. I am out of room to store them, and had to start sorting by season and storing with seasonal decor! (they are not really "seasonal" just had to cycle them through somehow. My aunt likes to buy me really nice kitchen towels... often... ?

spices. DH is a picky eater, and doesnt love strong spices anyway. I love to cook and love spices, and somehow buying new, fresh spices and putting them into the little matching containers makes me *almost* as happy as using them in our food.

kitchen gadgets- my MIL gives me at least one per holiday, and many randomly throughout the year. they are usually "as seen on TV," and generally not useful. i feel bad getting rid of all of them, so i keep some. I also like to buy for myself- real, functional, quality gadgets. those i dont feel guilty about keeping.

candles. just so.many.candles.

Oh, and socks... more socks than I can ever wear. I modified some into babylegs. not enough though!
post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by hookahgirl View Post
Coats and jackets. I have to have the perfect jacket for each of us, light rain coat, heavy rain coat, light fall jacket, middle weights fall jacket..you get the idea. Its a mess. BUT I am always dressed just right and I really think it makes my time outside more enjoyable.
Now I just have to find a way to store it all!
Me too!!

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Originally Posted by diana_of_the_dunes View Post
Condiments. I like to cook, but don't have as much time to as I did before DS was born (duh!). So I have cooking wines, sauces, etc. in the fridge and pantry cupboard that are often specific to just one recipe... that I'll never again have time to make!
Yep!

We also have too many dishes, like 24 place settings. It comes in handy at Thanksgiving, but beyond that, it just gives me an excuse to dirty too many dishes before running the dishwasher.
post #25 of 39
Art supplies for DS.
School supplies (we homeschool)
post #26 of 39
Thread Starter 
Well it seems I am certainly not the only one...phew what a relief!
post #27 of 39
I have a doll collection of about 60? dolls I've been trying to pare and sell off and sent away about 40 more. I need to pare further but I'm currently at a standstill. I'd like to contain all my dolls in 1 cabinet, but that means some tough decisions.
Craft supplies are an irresistable draw for me, but I have no time to use them. I finally decluttered a whole bunch on craigslist.
Fabric - and I haven't used a sewing mashine in years
Nail polish, makeup and perfume - although I am decluttering it succesfully. I wear makeup maybe 3 times a year.
Baby clothes - but I am doing better at containing mysefl.

I am actually pretty good at giving away and getting rid of stuff, but I like to shop.
DH is a packrat though, and he likes to shop too, so it's a constant struggle to keep him contained in his mancave, and don't get me started on the garage.

For a little while I was buying baby carriers like crazy, but I think I'm currently stashisfied. I do have too many.
post #28 of 39
Fabric and yarn are a given. I've cut myself off. I have thing for coats and come to think of it, I guess it does extend to DD. She wears tank tops all year long, but layered under a sweat jacket, so she has a lot of them. DH bought home random dishes of all kinds from a sample sale at work. I consigned a bunch of them, but we still have too much. I need to get rid of some of them. Come to think of it, I have 2 sets (no 3 if I count the plastic) of dishes in the kitchen and then the "china" in the dining room.
post #29 of 39
Books are my collection, so I don't feel I have too many though I do have a very modest personal library.

I have too many socks I hate. In general, I have too many clothes I don't wear, though I don't think I have too many clothes. I just want different ones since mine are all faded and torn.
post #30 of 39
Clothes, comic books, and movies. Same goes fro DH. The thing is that we don't own much otherwise so we're okay with those being out splurges and things we "collect".
post #31 of 39
Without any remorse or guilt vintage Pyrex dishes in all colors. I squeal with delight when I find one I don't have and love the pattern. I use them all the time and display them on open shelves in my kitchen so they aren't ever useless.
post #32 of 39
Broken musical instruments.

We have a broken:
keyboard
dulcimer
concertina
guitar
erhu
A Chinese wind instrument that I don't know the name of
ukulele

The beauty of this is that none of us play any of these instruments. Dh will periodically have fantasies of taking up an instrument. He has zero time to learn to play anything. The instruments break. He steadfastly refuses to allow me to get rid of any of them. They take up a ridiculous amount of space and irritate me every time I see them.
post #33 of 39
I feel weird posting these things, because some of them are weird things to have too much of. LOL

-cross stitch patterns/floss/fabric...anything that goes with it
-jackets for my kids
-drinking glasses
-shoes for the kids
-books
-art supplies for the kids
post #34 of 39
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cutie Patootie View Post
I feel weird posting these things, because some of them are weird things to have too much of. LOL

-cross stitch patterns/floss/fabric...anything that goes with it
-jackets for my kids
-drinking glasses
-shoes for the kids
-books
-art supplies for the kids
Really? The things you listed seem to be quite common to have too many of, if you read previous posts I think all these things have been mentioned except perhaps kids shoes.

Fabric has been mentioned a few times, nor sure about cross stitch patterns, but actually I have too many cross stitch supplies also, haven't done any for years though. Don't worry you are not alone!

EFmom...that would drive me nuts too, you may have to come up with some sneaky plan to get these broken instruments out of your house and life.
post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by clutterwarrior View Post
EFmom...that would drive me nuts too, you may have to come up with some sneaky plan to get these broken instruments out of your house and life.
We also cannot store them out of the way in the basement or the attic, because it wouldn't be "good" for them. They are broken, for gawd's sake. So I have to look at them all the time.
post #36 of 39
I would say I have more books than any other item. In the biggest purge we donated boxes and boxes full of them to the library, getting the number of books back down to what we consider a reasonable level, we have 3 matching bookshelves. I adore books but would be OK without owning hardly any of them if say we moved to that dream home by the beach or whatever
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by EFmom View Post
Broken musical instruments.

They take up a ridiculous amount of space and irritate me every time I see them.
This would irritate the bejeezus out of me as well. I have not mentioned the 30 (!) boxes of comic books in the basement that DH has never looked at in the 20 years I've known him. Most were stored on shelves and may be OK. But he ran out of shelf-space and the remainder were put on the floor where they have experienced flooding. So now they are rotting boxes of comics in the basement. But we were focussing on what I have too much of! 12 boxes of fabric and 12 boxes of yarn.
post #38 of 39
To much stuff to fit into my little home!

I have to many:

-CD's
-nick nacks
-clothes
-bath and body stuff
-purses
-coffee mugs

I did get rid of some old make up last night and a bunch of lotions about 8 weeks ago. I had to make room for baby stuff! One purse did go into the donation box along with some clothes and CD's,but I still have a ton of CD's. I never listen to them so don't know why I can't get rid of them.
post #39 of 39
I guess the definition of "too much" is highly personal. LOL! I have an "ample number" of lots of things, but I will use them until they disintegrate or break and simply won't have to replace them for a long time because I have more. Like socks, kitchen cloths, mugs.

I do have too many books and need to think about weeding them. (Operative word = THINK. Not ready to DO yet!)

I probably have too many empty but useful glass jars and bottles (in sets, of course) - but we want to make homemade (fillintheblank) someday and they will be perfect!

Too many sewing machines. I admit it that I own more than one. Leave it at that.

I think we have too many DVDs and videos, but DH insists that he watches them over and over.

We have too many CDs, but they are comfortably stored and we do enjoy many of them.

We have too many spare towels, but they are so USEFUL (like when someone is muddy or sick), and I have ample storage space for them, so I don't think of it as excess.

After Christmas we might have too many spare pillows. After a lifetime of never having enough, this won't feel too bad. Some people in the family might decide to have two on their bed instead of one. Really it will be a problem of not enough pillowcases, not too many pillows...

I'm not a minimalist in that I feel best when I have a spare or two of something that we'll eventually need a spare of. But I also don't keep stuff that we don't find personally useful or satisfying (and hardly anything that isn't functional in some way). So the multiples I keep do not usually equal excess in my mind.
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