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#1 of 41 Old 11-01-2007, 12:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you wish you could get rid of but just can't (for whatever reason)?

One thing around here is a silver tea service given to us by some long lost relative of DH's for a wedding present. Apparently, it's somewhat of a family heirloom and I think MIL would be very upset if we got rid of it. (Maybe I can offer it to her?) Anyway, it's sitting out on our nice buffet all tarnished. There's no way I'm taking the time to shine the thing. Argh!
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Lots and lots of books. I cleared the shelves a while back but really need to go at it again. I have a hard time letting books go because I do pick up my favorites and re-read them.

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The hand-me-down, not our style couch and loveseat in our family room. They were given to us when we first moved in and I thought we *needed* family room furniture. As generous and kind a gift as it was, we rarely use them and I would love to have a cleaner look, smaller scale pieces... shrug.
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I ljust listed these things in the post about strangest things in my house. I would love to get rid of all these things, but it never happens! :

1. A collection of ceramic sculptures that my DH made while in 4H. One is a horse head, one is a duck and one is a mountain lion. They are hidious and go with nothing in my house. I can't stand them, but he won't part with them.

2. A huge furnace that has been in our basement for the last 4 years. It is for Dh's dad's shop, but he never comes to get it.

3. A collection of hunting guns and a gun LAMP (the wood part is carved my Dh's grandpa). I understand the sentimental value, but DH doesn't hunt and the gun LAMP is so ugly. The lamp doesn't even work, but he has it anyway.

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Hey, I just posted in the strangest things in my house thread too, and I would dearly love to get rid of about 50000 trophies.
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95% of everything! Problem is that most of it isn't mine.

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DH's outdated textbooks. :

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All of the clothes my kids have outgrown, with the idea that since we plan on having a big family we'll pass them down to littler ones later on. But the amount of storage it is taking up is driving me crazy.
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all of my roommates crap that he keeps in the livingroom but never uses...
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All of the clothes my kids have outgrown, with the idea that since we plan on having a big family we'll pass them down to littler ones later on. But the amount of storage it is taking up is driving me crazy.
Yes -- I want that storage closet space back now!
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a giant portrait of a great great grandmother as a child/teen. it overwhelms any wall i put it on and i'm not really into it anyway.

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I would love to get rid of our breadmaker. :

I know some people swear by them, but mine has been in storage in the BATHROOM (!) for at least six months.

If only I could get rid of it without my dh ever finding out it was gone...

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My dh's HUGE stack of magazines sitting in our teeny toilet space. WHY do men insist on doing this??? :

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Dh lettermans jacket from highschool that still hangs in our closet 15 years later and his hunting cloths even though he hasn't hunted in at least 13 years. Dh college textbooks that are in boxes in the garage and have not been looked at in at least 10 years. Dh first electric guitar that sits in the closet and is never played because he has a 3 much better ones now. Hmmm, I seem to be seeing a pattern here.::
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Clothes!!! Yes me too. I have a 1 year old boy and a 3 yr old girl that equals a lot of clothes to save "incase" we have another. I did get rid of swing, exersaucer, crib as niether of my kids used those things anyways.
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SHOES!!! Just too darned many of em around here!!

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Dh's WWE action figures. He gets a wild hair once a month and asks me where I put them (I keep hoping out of sight out of mind will work and they'll stay hidden forever:) and sets them up in a little toy ring like they're fighting.
Yes, he's 35...going on 8
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A couple of family furniture antiques. I just don't have the room. I think that they are going on Craigslist for a cheap, get it out of here price. I have no emotional attachment to these.
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DH's extra computer stuff. How many cables and video cards and hard drives does 1 computer need? We have 5 large file cabinet size drawers of the stuff, plus some things on shelves. "But we might need them some day." Yeah right.:
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LOL, DH's sci-fi paperbacks (he has several dozen) and college textbooks! He insists he will continue to reread the former, and the latter he's just SURE he'll need for reference "someday," even the ones that don't relate directly to his job.

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My over the top Sleigh bed co-sleeper. I got it on super sale ds only slept a total f maybe 75 hours in it. But I keep thinking maybe the next one will nap in it.

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I single bed in our spare room.

I've just listed in on a website www.reuseitall.com that my brother in the UK told be about. It's for giving away unwanted things for free.

So far, I think I'm the only person to use it in the US, so don't know if I'll have any luck with it yet... but hopefully the site wll catch on, seems like a great idea!

Maybe you lot should try putting your stuff on there!
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Maybe you lot should try putting your stuff on there!
shakey, have you heard of freecycle? same basic idea, i think. But it seems to be more common in the states.

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thanks kerc, i'll take a look!
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The city of Little People that cover every inch of DS's floor but the kids would probably kill me in my sleep :

After that the books, but I NEEEEEED those
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DH's extra computer stuff. How many cables and video cards and hard drives does 1 computer need?
Me too! Our house is being taken over by computer parts! Okay, just DH's office is being taken over, but it is so cramped in there, only one person can go in at a time. :

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95% of everything! Problem is that most of it isn't mine.
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a huge, heavy, ugly quilt. DH's mom (deceased) made bed quilts for each child to receive when they were married. the thing must weigh 15 lbs, one side is satin teal color, and she whip-stitched a white cotton sheet to the other side to keep it clean (the actually sheet was the only part she made from what i can see, but DH insisted she made the whole thing). it only fits a double bed, and doesn't fold well so it has to live on a closet floor, it won't sit on a shelf.
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A giant pile of empty boxes - apparantly we must keep them because should we ever decide to sell the blender/heater/computer/$12 electric fan that came in them, they will fetch a higher price. Meanwhile, the clothes are in plastic bins because the closet is full of empty boxes, the upstairs room is a box depository and the verandah, all nice and sunny - a very cozy empty box home.
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DH's army uniforms. He was in the Israeli army for 4 years + reserves until he was 45. His unit was disbanded, so no chance they'll call him back. DS was a soldier for Purim last year, but I don't think he'll be into it again. I don't mind the uniform per se, but the coat, the boots, etc. take up a lot of room. He insists it is sentimental, fine - but we have pictures! And it is in ds's closet, not in the attic or something.

Also, I'd like to get rid of my treadmill. I bought it used, and it doesn't work well (and I am unmotivated to use it) so now it is just holding my clothes next to my bed. I post it on a for sale list every so often, but I don't want to just give it away, because DH will say "told you so"!
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