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#1 of 38 Old 03-23-2007, 06:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I wanted to put them into a semi-organized list for myself to print out and bring home for inspiration. I consolidated, organized and removed some that was too specific. Here it is in case anyone else wanted the whole list:

Good Rules of Thumb:
* get rid of anything that requires you to purchase some kind of organization item for it. chances are, you don't need that crap to begin with.
* anything that ends up covered in dust--if you really loved it that much, it would get more attention.
* anything you can always find at goodwill for under a buck that you hardly ever use anyway.
* Get rid of duplicate things you have from when you got married that you thought you'd keep both of in case one broke
* Get rid of that box of stuff you might try to sell someday.
* get rid of stuff that just never seems to find a "home".
* get rid of "some day" things, as in "SOME DAY I'll use this for xyz".
* Get rid of things you would NOT want to pack up and have to move if you were moving to a different home.
* get rid of all of the boxes that haven't been unpacked yet from the last time you moved.
* things that "can be fixed" -if you haven't fixed it by now, it's probably not going to happen.


EMOTIONAL/SENTIMENTAL:
* Consider taking a photograph of a momento then getting rid of the actual momento.
* Get rid of ANYTHING that does not bring you some joy when you see it or use it.
* Get rid of gifts you don't like and things you keep out of guilt or obligation
* Get rid of anything that reminds you of someone who doesn't make your life joyful
* Get rid of thank you cards, birthday cards...that don't really have special meaning
* Get rid of things that make you feel like you're not the person you want to be (those reminders of things you'd love to do but never have time to and that only drain your spirit/energy)
* Get Rid of Anything You Don't Need or Love, things that aren't "you".
* If you pick something up and wonder whether you need it, you don't.
The things you truly need and love - you know that without hesitation.
* Ditch all your dried flowers.
* Get rid of balloons that no longer stay afloat


KITCHEN
* Get rid of kitchen appliances you use less than, say, once a month
* Anything in the kitchen cupboard (dishes, canned goods, utensils, you name it) that haven't been used in a year. (Other than the forspecial china and silver).
* Get rid of all but four pot holders
* all the extra measuring spoons and cups
* All those knives that don't really do it. you only really need 2.
* the cookie cutters that are never used.
* Get rid of food in the pantry that has sat there for a yr (find a new owner or toss it with an expired date)
* most of the tupperware can go


CLOTHING/LINENS:
* Get rid of clothes you don't look good in, don't fit right, or you don’t love.
* Ugly, stained, ill-fitting, maybe someday I'll wear it again, itchy clothes. (keep one set for painting and crud)
* Get rid of clothing I won't wear or haven't worn in 2 yrs
* Get rid of the orphan socks and pairs of socks with holes in them - they're useless!
* Undies with holes even if they will last another year
*Get rid of all towels that are holy or frayed or excess (keep enough for 2 per person and 1 for the pets)
*Get rid of all bedding sets (keep 1 for myself and 2 per child)
* Get rid of your fat clothes, your skinny clothes ... dress the body you have and love it
*Get rid of hand-me-down clothes that you don't even like!
* Get rid of the 8 or 9 boxes of fancy baby clothes that will never be used


HOBBIES/MEDIA:
* Get rid of books/magazines you don't read all the time, will never read again, or no longer interest you (what's a library for after all?)
* Get rid of outdated reference materials
* Get rid of pictures and artwork you have no place to put - if you like it, then find a place for it - take something you like less down, but if it doesn't have a place what good is it?
* decorations you don't love
* craft supplies you aren't using
* Get rid of scrap wood from that last project, unless you have an actual plan in mind for it.
* Get rid of scrap fabric.


KIDS STUFF:
* all the extra markers and crayons. keep one set of new.
* Get rid of dried up play dough.
* Get rid of happy meal toys, toys that are overflowing out of the toy bins, toys the kids don't even know they have, noise-making toys that require batteries!
* all but 25 favorite toys for each kid (sets count as one thing). This one is hard.
* Stuffed animals. They are nasty and collect dust. Keep one or two special loves. but not 50.
* Get rid of poorly written, insanely annoying or duplicate kids books.
* Get rid of broken crayons (yes, I know you can melt them to make block crayons. If you were going to do that, wouldn't you have done it already?).
* Get rid of things you have been collecting to do "recycled art" with your kids, unless you actually plan to do it this week. There will always be more.


JUNK EVERYONE SEEMS TO HAVE:
* that bunch of random floating pens--give em to the grocery store clerk
* All those screws and nails that are leftover from everything. Can never find the one you want anyway.
* Get rid of blurry or bad photos (especially if they're duplicate prints), unless it's the one shot you have of a momentous event.
* Get rid of at least one rubbermaid of the Christmas decorations you don't like that have been heaped upon you because your inlaws can't imagine that maybe you want a simple Christmas.
* Get rid of the 9 extra cameras that haven't been touched since the digital camera was purchased.
* Get rid of the two "spare" computers that barely work, take 10 minutes to boot up, and sound like jet engines when they run.
* Get rid of the "spare" furniture (that entertainment center) that has been sitting in the garage and storage area since move in day, extra furniture, the ugly chair in my bedroom
* Get rid of junk mail!!
*Get rid of all outdated toiletries and make-up, products (cleaning and body) that are unsafe and lotions and potions you no longer use
* Get boxes loaded with books, DVD's, cd's and clothes OUT of here, before I start going through them and "finding" things I "need" to keep.



I hope you enjoyed that thread as much as I did, thanks everyone!

~Tracy

Rockin' mama to Allison (9), Asher (5) and Alethea (3), head over heels in love with my sexy husband, Tony.

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#2 of 38 Old 03-23-2007, 06:26 PM
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AWESOME thread.

Printing it out, posting on the frig, and distributing it liberally to those who would appreciate.

Thanks!
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Nice thread, thanks!

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and remembering: little turtle 5/23/2006 and poppyseed 7/15/2009
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It's great to see all of it compiled like that -- thanks!

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Wow, this is great, to see all these ideas in one easy to use post!

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thank you!!!!! that was a lot of hard work, i appreciate you doing that for us!
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You are welcome!

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this should be bumped back to the front page! (and I'm printing it...)

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Thank you
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i can´t print, but i think i´ll copy it and put it in my computer and do one thing a day. thank you sooooooooo much. great thread!
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Great list, thank you.
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I've been doing a lot of things posted and will keep doing so.

You are so right!
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bumping this back up so that I can find it to print it later!
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maybe this should be a sticky?????

*ahem* who's the mod of this board? :

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maybe this should be a sticky?????
I 2nd the sticky idea
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Excellent! Now if I could only get my dh to participate!

I'm printing this and putting it on the fridge (with some things highlighted.) Perhaps it will inspire dh.

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And on the "get rid of Happy Meals Toys" suggestion........go even better.......don't get "Happy Meals Toys" to begin with! If you get a Happy Meal, just tell them to leave the toy out (and they WILL look at you funny, plus you'll have to explain it to your kids.)

Life cycle of the Happy Meal Toy:

1. Exploitation of a Chinese worker.
2. Awful plastic used to make the toy.
3. My kids play with them for 10 minutes, tops.
4. It ends up on the floor, where I trip over it or continue to pick it up ENDLESSLY.
5. I FINALLY throw it away, and contribute to the landfill.
6. Repeat.

STOP THE HAPPY MEAL MADNESS!!!!!!!!

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And one more thing ...


Get rid of stuff you hang onto just because you spent a lot of money for those things, or someone else spent a lot of money for those things. If it doesn't work for you, get rid of it, even if it was expensive. Keep the lesson but not the item.

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thanks... i needed that
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Bumping because this is an awesome list to refer to.
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Sticky!!!
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Great, thanks!
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Wow, you rock for doing this. Thanks!
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You are awesome! Thanks for posting this!

I also vote for the sticky!

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I'm currently printing! Thanks so much for doing this!

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But I think this is a great thread and so I decided to push it up to the front
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Great list! I'll have to print it out and use it when I'm doing my clean today.

The only one I'm ignorning is this one:

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* get rid of anything that requires you to purchase some kind of organization item for it. chances are, you don't need that crap to begin with.
I think that a good organization system can sometimes be beneficial, as it makes the items more accessible and easy to use. For example, a big huge jumble of craft supplies is essentially useless, and I'd be apt to toss the whole box. But separated into a decent set of clear, organized boxes, I can easily see what I have, and will be more easily inspired to use the items. I totally forgot about more than half of my fabric collection until yesterday, when I found it in a closed cardboard box that had melded into the background. There's some great fabric in there! Today's task is to organize all of that fabric by color, so it'll be ready for me anytime a project comes along.

And on that note, I'm going to get the heck off the computer, as I'm way too easily distracted, haha.
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I vote sticky, too!

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: to all of the above
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