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#1 of 4 Old 06-10-2006, 12:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So I've been here about 1 1/2 yrs, and I've never seen this forum before!

Reading these threads, I'm so inspired to clean and de-clutter. Unfortunatly, my Dad is getting re-married this weekend, so I won't have much time for it, but I can at least get started. We just got two roomates in our little two bedroom/one bathroom unit, so I really need to clean & organize. Some of the problem areas I need to work on:

- Magazines & catalogs: I can never seem to get rid of these.
- DH's half-finished model cars. They take up almost the entire top shelf of our bedroom closet.
- Games & puzzles. They take up soo much room in the closet, but we hardly ever play them. The puzzles, I don't think we've touched in three years.
- Coats & jackets. We've got just to darned many of them. DH has two high school letterman jackets he doesn't want to get rid of. We also have a ton of flannel & hoodies, perfect for chilly, drizzly PNW days, but we still don't need THAT many, yk?
- Wedding dresses. I have mine & my mother's, and I honestly don't know what do to with them! I need to call my mom & ask if she'd like it back. They take up so much room in the closet.
- Photo frames, collectables, & antiques. Just stuff that needs to be displayed, but it's ALL on top of the entertainment center. We need to put up some shelves.

One of the biggest obsticles will be DH, I think. He just gets so attached and sentimental to stuff. He's got over 70 t-shirts! He'll keep any shirt, even though it's ripped, stained, and never worn, because he got it at his cousin's college graduation 10 years ago, or something.
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Puzzles: With pictures we really liked, dh and I got a fixative and sealed the pieces together and hung them on the wall, with the pictures we liked enough to do, but not enough to hang up we left the puzzle out for a few days and then disassembled it and donated it to Goodwill

Games: We have a small bookcase of the games we play regularly.

With t-shirts that are sentimental but unwearable, I've started cutting out the pictures and will eventually be sewing them as patches onto a flannel sheet to make a blanket. In your case, how about a large rubbermaid-type tote labelled "Dh nostalgia"?
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oooh i have a few suggestions but i'm not sure if you wanted any!

magazines - go through each magazine and discreetly cut out the inspirational bits that made you buy the magazine. i got rid of six magazines and ended up with 20 pages of inspirational pictures which went in my "future home" folder.

catalogues - give them away or recycle. if you wanted to buy anything from them, you would have by now.

wedding dress - keep it! mine is at my mama's house in the cupboard because we don't have space in our cupboards atm.

games and puzzles - anything you haven't played in the last year or more, has got to go. it's just a waste of space. we have four board games that we know will be played.

photo frames, collectibles and ornaments - instead of small photo frames crowding a shelf, have you thought about one big photo frame with heaps of different holes for photos? or doing a series of photos, like 3 or 4 photos in one straight line on the wall?
as for ornaments and collectibles, i say, if they have no meaning in your life then by all means pass them on. i only have a handful of collectible stuff that i display because they have meaning to us.

as for your dh's t-shirts.... wow... 70 shirts is way too much!!!! i'm not sure if he will let you do this, but i'll throw this idea at you anyway. you could cut out a square of each t-shirt that he no longer wears but keeps for memory sake. let's assume you have about 30 squares.. then you could sew up ONE t-shirt of all these squares and he can keep that.
let him keep his high school jackets and half finished model cars. so many women i know get rid of thier husband's hobby stuff (like thier cars etc) and i think that is grossly unfair. i would hate for my dh to dictate what i can and can't keep when it comes to hobbies, and i doubt he would like for me to do that to him. that said, the amounts kept must be reasonable. i mean were not going to fill an entire room with dh hobby stuff.. but i think you get what i'm saying. my dh has kept his baby (his car) and spare parts for that car and i think that is very reasonable. we don't register it because we are on a budget, so it sits in our garage.. but he is just happy to have it there to look at and work on. and i don't mind at all.. i told him that the double garage is his space, and i rule the cupboards and space in the house.

goodluck! and have fun at your dad's wedding!
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With t-shirts that are sentimental but unwearable, I've started cutting out the pictures and will eventually be sewing them as patches onto a flannel sheet to make a blanket. In your case, how about a large rubbermaid-type tote labelled "Dh nostalgia"?
good idea!!
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