Okay- so we really decluttered during our move. I had thrown things for a garage sale in plastic bags as we were packing. I put them all neatly in big moving boxes once we moved in and counted them, plus added some stuff that we sorted through as we unpacked. We also tossed stuff and took stuff to the transfer station. Total items 1007!
My biggest problem is keeping things that have outlived their usefulness or are broken thinking I will need them in the future. Many of these things I don’t even know how to fix! We also seem to have been a repository for a lot of stuff that other people wanted to get rid of. I don’t like to buy things new, and people who know this often bring me stuff they want to get rid of.
Here is some of what we got rid of:
Fertilizers, paints, cleaners, insecticides, etc. left by the previous owners of our house (took them to the hazardous waste disposal). Note- most of these were so old they had to have been left by the owners who lived there before that! Talk about clutter!
Cables, cords, remotes to electronics we don’t own
Videos, dvds, and cds we don’t like or use
Infant toys and electronic gadgety type toys
Sheets for double and queen beds (we have king and twin)
Crib sheets, blankets, and the crib (which we never used)
Bookshelves, an overstuffed chair, a lamp, a dvd storage tower
Expired vitamins and medicines/ first aid supplies
Trial sizes of chemical type of shampoos and soaps that we will never use
Expired food from our emergency kit
Knick-knacks of all sorts
Several sets of curtains and drapes and the rods that go with them
Kids clothes outgrown, adult clothes we will never wear again (shoes too)
Duplicate photos we never gave away
Old receipts, bills, and three years of tax returns!
Camping and sports equipment that we won’t use or is broken or worn out
Returned three items to the store that were new that we won’t use
Microwave and toaster oven that don’t work
Clocks, cameras, and telephones that don’t work or we won’t use
Assorted plastic and glass containers from food products that I have been reusing for a long time (recycled)
Lids and containers without matches
Some of the moving boxes (don’t laugh- I would ordinarily keep all of them- broken down in a neat little stack)
It is liberating to get rid of all this stuff. At first when I was packing I felt a little bit exposed, or something, by getting rid of so much stuff. Now, though, I feel really blessed because we still have so much and only stuff that is beautiful, sentimental, or useful.