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post #21 of 52
nak
another thing to keep in mind if you are feeling guilty getting rid of things you can sell is that by moving out old, stagnant items out of your home, new energy will flow in and move about more freely. so things may change for you and maybe you will get the value of the items back in a different form
post #22 of 52
I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone.. I need to purge my entire house!
I took a few bags to Goodwill this week, but to be honest, you can't even tell a difference. My husband says that he can, but I still see clutter everywhere. I'm frustrated
post #23 of 52
I am on this too. I have had a couple of weeks where I managed to get rid of one small shopper every day - in rubbish or to charity. Then I tackled the filing cabinet, the archive boxes and dd's bookshelves. The recycling boxes were fuuul that week!

I know it must be less clutter because I saw it go out of the door, but I can still see more stuff........

SO I went through our wardrobe and underbed storage and filled a big charity sack which came through the door yesterday (an omen?) I have been holding on to my old clothes for no earthly reason and things that people gave me for dd, and bedlinen which we don't need and old t-shirts for rags. I just do't want to bin everything. Mmm sound familiar? I threw away some old/holey/uncomfortable underwear I that has been cluttering up my very small drawer too. And now I realise I have only 5 pairs of good pants (panties to you I think).

I also convinced ds2 that some of his clothes absolutely do not fit anymore and put those in the bag too but now I realise that he has next to no clothes other than school uniform and ds1 has no clothes to hand down yet. Oops jumble sale here we come.

Oh and a big thing was that we got rid of our old broken sofa. Dh and I nearly died laughing fighting to get it outside in the dark but the council collected it at 7am so we were spared the embarrassment of our neighbours seeing what we have been sitting on all this time

We are finally getting new flooring to replace the stinky 20 year old carpet in our only living room next week and it will have to be clear of everything by Wednesday am and we won't be able to put anything back in until Friday pm eeeek!

Dh has the week off so he will have to get his finger out and be ruthless all by himself (he has been putting it off) He keeps saying 'Oh not now, I just can't face it' Duh. Welcome to my world.
post #24 of 52
Orangefoot - your post had me laughing. I could just envision you and dh wrestling the broken sofa out the door... Excellent that it's gone now!

As far as I'm concerned, for today, I hope to get together one bag of giveaways and one bag for trash. Unfortunately, historically, I have held on to some things that truly belong in the trash... For example, I had a couple pillows with bizarre water stains on them. I was saving them for dress up and craft projects - but what sort of bacteria and mold could be growing in there, what with the water damage and all... So I gave them the heave ho and they're ready for pick-up tomorrow morning. Someday, when we need items for dress up, we can just use our everyday pillows.

Not seeing any progress can be frustrating - but by focusing on what you KNOW that you've given away, you might be able to keep pressing on until you do see that progress in the form of a clearer, cleaner, more peaceful environment.

Wishing you all the best in your house purging fun!
Shelley
post #25 of 52
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Originally Posted by ShellBelle76
Orangefoot For example, I had a couple pillows with bizarre water stains on them.
Off topic but...

I'll mention this simply because I've told people IRL about this before and they didn't know it...but you can wash pillows in the washer and put them in the dryer, too...just throw a clean tennis ball in the dryer with them (you should be able to fit two pillows in a load). I actually do this every month or so to all of our pillows (some down pillows will wash nicely, too). I like to wash away all that icky stuff and start fresh frequently.
post #26 of 52
When I wash pillows they just go lumpy. Is that what the ball is for?
post #27 of 52
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Originally Posted by Irishmommy
When I wash pillows they just go lumpy. Is that what the ball is for?
Yup, the ball fluffs them back up.

But I do realize that every couple of years, I find that I buy new pillows as the older ones don't feel as nice anymore. (I just save the extras for when we have guests stay over) Pillows are generally pretty cheap so for me, it's worth it to wash them and get rid of all those dust mites, skin flakes and who knows what else, knowing that the washing put wear 'n tear in the pillows. I'm OK with that.
post #28 of 52
Thanks!
post #29 of 52
Thanks for the tip about the tennis ball! I never knew that- what a neat idea
post #30 of 52
You're both very welcome.
post #31 of 52
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Originally Posted by mama2babybeans
Thanks for the tip about the tennis ball! I never knew that- what a neat idea
Aren't you glad I asked!!
post #32 of 52
I am drowning, choking, tripping, over the clutter in our home.

So this week, I had a plan. I got one huge box, about one cubic yard. Every day I fill that box with stuff and drive it to the nearest Savers which makes it easy to donate and gives all proceeds to charity called "Any Baby Can." So far, nine cubic yards of stuff has gone out,and it is weirdly addictive. Right now I would like to be dragging out more stuff. I can see the floor in one of our closets again.

No sorting and saving. I have to take the stuff out of our house every single day. The strange thing is that it made me realize that I don't have enough of some things once all the non functioning stuff was gone. For example, we need some more age appropriate books for our children now that all the little touch and feel sorts of books are gone.
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by inezyv
I have to take the stuff out of our house every single day.
Sounds likea good idea for a procrastinator like me.
post #34 of 52
inezyv - that is entirely too awesome! Love that system! I think I may have to adopt a similar system, but on a slightly smaller scale. I am working outside of the home until mid-January, so I don't have the hours to work on decluttering on work evenings, but I could definitely work with smaller boxes and commit to a couple of smaller boxes every Saturday...

I like it - thanks for sharing!
post #35 of 52
There have been a few times I have simply purged because I couldn't handle trying to organize everything into what is giveable and what is not.

But it's been the best thing I've done. Because it got it out of the way, out of the house and let me think more clearly... and think more about the things I was now bringing in.

It's time for another purge I think, with less than four weeks before this third babe is due. For a while I was simply exhausted and did nothing around the house -- and it shows!! So, a-purging we will go.
post #36 of 52
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mamajessica
nak
another thing to keep in mind if you are feeling guilty getting rid of things you can sell is that by moving out old, stagnant items out of your home, new energy will flow in and move about more freely. so things may change for you and maybe you will get the value of the items back in a different form

So true! I think I need to print this post and put it on my refridgerator!
post #37 of 52
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Originally Posted by Siana
kamilla626 I completly hear you. I've been doing the same thing. I think a big reason why our charity bags are not moving is that I keep thinking "we are on the verge of being broke. I'd like to sell these clothes, but where's the time?; I doubt I'll make anything on them; doesn't Goodwill deserve the money for their noble cause? but then we need some rainy day money..." Ack. It makes me sick. What's worst is that I don't feel I can have visitors to my house -- I'm ashamed.
this is us right now, I have bags and boxes taking over my laundry room of stuff that is sellable, nice stuff my kids' barely wore but I don't have the time to sell it or have a yard sale or I tried the tp and had a yard sale and it still didn't sell and I would love to donate it but yet we could use the money too... I finally took one box to donate and let that go and I decided I'm going to the consignment shop with the rest of it this week and what she doesn't want I'm donating! It just has to go.
post #38 of 52
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pilesoflaundry
I have bags and boxes taking over my laundry room ...

"pilesoflaundry"

OK, I'm really tired but that really cracked me up.
post #39 of 52

Moms in need can use some of your gently used clutter!

Right now, if anyone has extra stuff in piles around their house, why not donate it via the Holiday Helper thread on MDC? Not only are they looking for all sorts of gently used items, but it helps declutter your own home and goes to a very worthy cause.

Check out the link in my sig if you are curious and want more information.
post #40 of 52
I have anxiety about all the stuff in our house. I always keep the living room clutter free, but the Christmas tree just got set up and now that room feels "too full" to me as well. I literally feel like I can't breathe sometimes when I see piles of papers or books or toys or boxes.

I have been doing Flylady, but I am only fluttering. My friends and my husband comment that our house is fine, but I feel that it is too much. Just yesterday I was thinking that if we could get rid of half of the stuff in our house, that would feel about right. Getting the stuff to the "best home" is what gives me stress - I always want stuff to go to where it will really be used. I need to get over that and just give it to whoever will take it. I have Amvets come every month (they do a monthly pick-up) and all I have to do is leave bags on the front porch. But all of the really nice kids clothes, books, etc I save to give to friends or more wothy charities. I need to get over that and just purge - for my own mental health.

Thanks for this thread.
Kathleen
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