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#1 of 5 Old 01-31-2006, 03:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am decluttering as fast as I can, and if I stopped to count how many things, I'd lose my momentum!

I'm encouraged by how much stuff people are getting rid of - it's great. Count me in. I'm recycling, throwing away, giving away, donating, consigning, and rediscovering stuff.

We're contemplating moving in about six months to a house less than half the size of our current home. (2400 down to about 1000) Even if the deal doesn't come to pass after all, the process of getting rid of stuff will have been well worth it.

My mom is drowning in a lifetime's worth of clutter, and I resolve not to become like her. Her attic is full of 30 years' worth of what has slowly turned into JUNK.

My grandmother has so much clutter that there is no way she will get her stuff sorted out before the end of her life, even if she lives another 10-15 years. She won't have control over who gets what, because she won't be the one sorting it out. Unfortunately (from her perspective) she no longer lives alone in her big - cluttered - house; she's had to move elsewhere because of her changing needs.

I was on that road, and I refuse to stay on it! Best wishes to all in your decluttering endeavors!

Amanda, mom to Everest (12), Alden (10-1/2), Ellery (7-1/2), & Avery (6)
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ITA! No time to stop and count!
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For me, the counting was the motivating "fun" part. I mostly did a little at a time and kept a notebook out on the counter where I did my little tally marks.

I'm also rebelling against my mother by keeping up with the clutter. She hates to throw anything away and that is evident by the looks of her house. I told her that someday we won't know what is a family heirloom and what is something that she picked up at the church rummage sale because it was "neat". She is an artist and has an apprectiation for EVERYTHING she sees and thinks EVERYTHING could be made into something cool. That's great, but you can have too many "neat" things.
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Count me in as another one rebelling against the family clutter legacy. Mom and grandmother both have houses full of stuff. Some is nice but you would never know just looking at the mess.
I tried to do the January declutter challenge, but I couldn't keep the count either. I just kept forgetting when I was in the middle of tossing stuff. maybe later, when I need the extra motivation......
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I didn't technically keep count.

I was throwing massive boxes away at a time, and taking truck loads of stuff to the dump and to Goodwill at a time. So I just counted each box as 100 items (even though I know there was more than that) and I think I counted each truck full as 200 items.
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