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Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-23-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,034
Posted By Crayfish
I don't think it's the least little bit wrong to...

I don't think it's the least little bit wrong to say that only limited amounts of stuff be out at once. I don't think it's necessary to require everyone to participate in the "stuff" acitvity--they...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   05-05-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,249
Posted By Crayfish
When I go through a heap of stuff the first...

When I go through a heap of stuff the first time, I try to focus on trash first, replacing the thought "Can I use this?" with "Can I get along without this?" Before I sort or put away or make any...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   05-05-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By Crayfish
My attitude is usually that unless you really...

My attitude is usually that unless you really badly need the money, or unless you have lots of free time, just donate.
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-11-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By Crayfish
My first thought: If I Google   folding...

My first thought: If I Google
 
folding table with drawers
 
and click Images, I see several things called a "gateleg table", some of them with drawers. I could imagine putting one against the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-28-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By Crayfish
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by inconditus http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1396436/babystuff-what-to-store-and-what-to-sell#post_17555364)...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-21-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By Crayfish
My view is that if you have enough storage for...

My view is that if you have enough storage for all of the objects that you store in your house, then there's no harm in working your way through the things by using them. But if you don't, then the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   11-15-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 684
Posted By Crayfish
Imagine one of those gift-givers saying, "I want...

Imagine one of those gift-givers saying, "I want you to keep this forever. I don't care if you don't have any use for it. I don't care if you don't have room for it. I don't care if it makes you...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-22-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,082
Posted By Crayfish
My first thought is that throwing a lot of stuff...

My first thought is that throwing a lot of stuff out is a good instinct. With so little storage, it would be good to have as few possessions as you can possibly manage, however unfair that seems.
...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-21-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,372
Posted By Crayfish
There's a quote over on Mother-in-Law Stories:...

There's a quote over on Mother-in-Law Stories: "If you don't want it, they're not doing it for you, they're doing it to you."

This is not generosity. It's not something to be grateful for. I'd...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-13-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 828
Posted By Crayfish
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by limabean http://www.mothering.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1389704/please-help-when-does-clutter-turn-into-hoarding#post_17458517)

,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-13-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 828
Posted By Crayfish
I vote hoarding. Just for background, I'm the...

I vote hoarding. Just for background, I'm the child of a mild (when I was a kid) to moderate (when she was older and could hoard freely with no one else in the house) hoarder, and a participant on...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-17-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By Crayfish
Traditionally, we haul them to the used...

Traditionally, we haul them to the used bookstore, usually at least five boxes at a time, then haul the rejects (usually two or three boxes)  to the library book sale. We could, of course, run the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-17-2013, 02:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By Crayfish
     My first thought: Have you considered...

     My first thought: Have you considered converting that empty doorless closet into shelves? We have a column of shelves set into the wall across from our front door, and it really helps with the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-05-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By Crayfish
Random thoughts:    Is it possible that...

Random thoughts: 
 
Is it possible that you're decluttering too slowly and carefully? A decluttered house involves far, _far_ less effort to maintain, so getting it decluttered should help a lot...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-04-2013, 11:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,749
Posted By Crayfish
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by SanfordAndWife http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   06-24-2013, 12:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 840
Posted By Crayfish
> Furniture is still dropped in its move-in...

> Furniture is still dropped in its move-in position and not relocated
> since we're planning on renovating the rooms and therefore won't
> decorate yet. 
 
Even if the room will change someday,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   04-20-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 883
Posted By Crayfish
> I feel like the clothing and toys are drowning...

> I feel like the clothing and toys are drowning me and it's easy to
> just stick it all into a huge box in frustration but then i know i'm
> stuck with the task of organizing it again because it...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-11-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By Crayfish
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by sweeetpea http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1375838/youd-think-this-would-be-a-clue#post_17284301)

I am so...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-09-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,428
Posted By Crayfish
Donate. Donate. Also, donate.    To me, the...

Donate. Donate. Also, donate. 
 
To me, the biggest priority/value by far is getting the stuff out of the house. Donation is the fastest way to do that. (Actually, dumping at the end of the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-09-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By Crayfish
> Once my husband gets the last of his stuff out...

> Once my husband gets the last of his stuff out of
> the house I will have more space to work with.   It may take him a
> long time to get in there since it is wall to wall stuff and he
>...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-05-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,538
Posted By Crayfish
We have a two-person table in the kitchen for...

We have a two-person table in the kitchen for when it's just the guy and me, and a larger rectangular table against the wall in the living room, with just two chairs by it, and we're thinking of...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-03-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,037
Posted By Crayfish
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by mum4vr http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-28-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,176
Posted By Crayfish
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by pookagoose http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1373735/simplicity-versus-frugality#post_17281052)
I am one of...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-27-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 500
Posted By Crayfish
This is a question that would have me creating a...

This is a question that would have me creating a spreadsheet. Various factors that I'd consider would include:
 
- The funding level and general financial status of the HOA. As a prospective...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-27-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By Crayfish
You can change. You just didn't learn the skills...

You can change. You just didn't learn the skills from your parent, and you lived for years with the idea that those skills were _bad_. So of course it's going to take a while to fight off that...
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