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I thought about posting this over in the Decluttering forum, but really my decluttering is a direct result of my pregnancy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was already in the process of simplifying our possessions as we will be moving later this year, but since nesting kicked in I've been going crazy. If everything works out, we are actually moving to a much smaller place on acreage and this will really be helpful to be so organized prior. We need everything out of the way to finish some remodeling projects before the house goes on the market (June-July).<br><br>
Anyway, we cleaned out our entire daylight basement over the last 2 weekends! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> 2 whole pickup trucks of things donated!!! It was crammed full of remodeling supplies, extra kid stuff, and mostly things people had given us (like old furniture). My latest project has been going through the bags of baby/toddler clothes from the basement. I've always had umm... a bit of a problem buying too much of them, especially girly stuff. So far I'm half through the pile of bags and I've gotten rid of over 50% of what I've gone through. The stuff that is left are the things I'd actually use again, in reasonable amounts all nicely folded in labeled plastic boxes. This is a huge accomplishment for me as I've never organized any of that stuff since dd was born. I should be finished by this evening <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/broc1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Broccoli">:<br><br>
I've seriously gone through more *stuff* in the last month than I have in the previous 3-4 years combined <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> So if there are any other April mamas nesting/decluttering right now, I'd love to hear what you are working on!
 

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We're not "decluttering" so much as getting organized before baby comes. We've stopped eating in front of the TV at night, which has led to us actually doing the dishes EVERY night, and even going for walks now and then!<br><br>
We also invested in a big filing cabinet, because we both have mountains of paperwork on our desks (bills, receipts, insurance papers, etc...). The office is looking neater and neater.<br><br>
These two initiatives alone have spurred more cleaning and some decluttering. We figured we have to put a little more discipline into our lives, or we will drown once this babe comes along!
 

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I started the massive decluttering last weekend and plan to continue into this weekend and probably the next few as well. We have so. much. crap. as it is and with baby stuff starting to arrive, we have to make room. I will freely admit to being a packrat and hubby is as well. I swear I'm trying to change my ways! At least we have a huge attic...
 

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I have been on a decluttering kick for a few weeks now. I'm just so frustrated that we can't use our dining room or safely walk down the hall to the kids' rooms without tripping over mess because there are bins and baskets of stuff all over.<br>
We live in a little townhouse with no storage so it's been a real challenge. Slowly but surely I'm making headway. A lot of my "gotta get it done" list is re-organizing and decluttering.
 

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I have been a bit of a nut with decluttering the last few years (probably brought on by many moves with babies!) but the funny thing is that dh is on a huge kick the last 2 weeks!! I am not feeling even remotely nesty for some reason but he is making up for it to the point that it is driving me crazy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I just came on to look for some motivation to start decluttering again today. I've been working on it for a while and figured I would have given the whole house a once over by now -- no way!<br><br>
Aren't I supposed to have the energy to go with all these nesting urges? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We have been cleaning out our 800 sq ft place - and that's a generous estimate! I have come to find that my DH is a packrat. Thankfully, he doesn't have too much stuff. But could somebody please explain to him why it's okay to get rid of:<br><br>
1. Books that you've read and aren't planning to re-read and could be used by someone else<br><br>
2. A big floor lamp fitted for Australian electrical outlets. Did I mention that we also have a desk lamp fitted for Aussie elec, that sits on our desk not illuminating anything?!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
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3. 'Original' Chinese posters of Josef Stalin that will 'be worth money someday' (yeah, and until then we'll post them in the nursery, right?!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
***I find this all very comical but also thank the heavens that he moved here from overseas and couldn't bring more with him***<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">
 

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Major decluttering here!<br><br>
We cleaned out our attic and donated SIX truckloads of stuff. We've been freecycling stuff and donating other stuff as well.<br><br>
I completely cleared out what had been my office and turned it into a playroom.<br><br>
It's so great to see less STUFF in the house.<br><br>
I really feel the need to open up space for this new addition. I'm also wanting to create some psychic space for more children. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Yes, we've done quite a bit over the past month or so. We cleaned out the garage (getting rid of TONS of stuff), cleaned out the under-the-stairs closet (which had become a closet-sized junk drawer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">), and cleaned out all other closets too. We also reorganized our furniture and artwork, repainted all the walls, established rules about leaving stuff on tables/counters, and just made the place more homey and pleasant overall.<br><br>
I gotta say, I'm rather in love with the way our place looks these days! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Now I have 3 months to enjoy the clutter-free look before having to have twice as much kid-stuff laying around all the time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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3. 'Original' Chinese posters of Josef Stalin that will 'be worth money someday' (yeah, and until then we'll post them in the nursery, right?!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"></div>
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Uhm.. we're doing this. DH's college posters will be the only decorations on the nursery walls <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Uhm.. we're doing this. DH's college posters will be the only decorations on the nursery walls <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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But I'm guessing your posters aren't of contentious political figureheads who during their tenure committed great acts of violence. My DH's posters will not be displayed above any crib of ours - I don't want our twins playing 'Stalin and Trotsky' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/twins.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="twins">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But could somebody please explain to him why it's okay to get rid of:<br><br>
1. Books that you've read and aren't planning to re-read and could be used by someone else<br><br>
2. A big floor lamp fitted for Australian electrical outlets. Did I mention that we also have a desk lamp fitted for Aussie elec, that sits on our desk not illuminating anything?!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
And, my personal favorite:<br>
3. 'Original' Chinese posters of Josef Stalin that will 'be worth money someday' (yeah, and until then we'll post them in the nursery, ght?!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br></div>
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Sure, I'll explain to him he should get rid of them...but only if you talk to my DH! We finished off our first weekend of cleaning the basement by getting into an arguement because I just "assumed" that he would get rid of the 4 sets of ancient stereo speakers and 5 extra computers (and a broken scanner). He now has them all nicely stacked in a corner and I'm going to wait a few weeks before bringing it up again. For the record, he has no actual plans for these items, he's attached to them like they are stuffed animals or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I'm counting how many pairs of undies we each have, getting rid of extra pots and pan, purging my beloved fabric collection.....and he's keeping that pile of junk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But I'm guessing your posters aren't of contentious political figureheads who during their tenure committed great acts of violence. My DH's posters will not be displayed above any crib of ours - I don't want our twins playing 'Stalin and Trotsky' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/twins.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="twins">:</div>
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heh. Perhaps, perhaps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good luck with that.
 

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We have been. When DH was out of town I ripped through the house throwing everything away that he never looks at but insists we need to keep. I came up with $300 of donations for goodwill for this year, packed up my pre pregnancy clothes so I'm not just washing them over and over without wearing them... and still have a long, long way to go.<br><br>
People come right away when I have something for free for craigslist but as soon as I slap a price tag on something they run away. Funny thing is I bought all this stuff on craigslist in the first place! But the loveseat in the "babys room" has to go, and all the kitchen appliances I never use like the toaster oven and the bread machine... things I've gotten for birthdays that are worth money but need to go... board games we bought for friends nights that never happened.. if nobody buys them, they're going to goodwill (well, not the loveseat.. its too pretty).
 

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I'm hoping to have DD stay the night with my in-laws tomorrow night so that DH and I can dive into the home office/junk room. We've been decluttering the rest of the house for the past year and putting everything in this room, so you can barely walk through it. Now, I want it out.<br><br>
We've been keeping things because "we can sell them" and "they're worth money," but I finally started looking at it this way. If someone would clear that room out for me, organize it, and make it usable, I'd gladly pay them a pretty big chunk of money. So, if I'm willing to pay someone, then I should be willing to sacrifice the sale money by just hauling it off to donate.<br><br>
Now if I could just get DH to get rid of the entire <b>closet</b> full of baseball cards. He acknowledges that he doesn't use them and doesn't want them, but he can't get past how much money he spent on them over his entire childhood. I told him to load them all up in the trunk, take them to a dealer, and get whatever money he can out of them, but he insists that he should go through the cards and look up how much they're worth. Right, when is he going to find time to do this? He barely has time to sleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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I'm so glad I'm not alone in this. We pulled up all of our carpets and are putting laminate down. Since I have had to move furniture out of a lot of rooms, I have been getting rid of a lot of stuff. It's almost been a year since we bought our house and have already accumulated a lot of junk!
 

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MAJORLY. Not only are we moving in June back to the USA, but i am NOT a packrat at all so i have gone through every piece of paper...every single toy, every single EVERYTHING getting rid of everything not needed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i love decluttering!
 

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I am doing alot of the same things. Especially since I can't exercise anymore. I hope to have the whole house done before this babe comes. Especially toys and our clothes. We only have one closet in our house, so it is almost miserable to try to clean. We are also moving sometime this summer, to a smaller house with land, so I'm looking to cut way back.
 

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I am definitely on a cleaning/decluttering kick!! We live in the attic room at my parents, so it is the size of a small one bedroom apartment but we have SO much stuff!! I finally got my DF to move furniture around the other day and now everything actually has a place! I just have to clean when he isn't here or I get the third degree about the stuff I am throwing out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have been since last month. I joined the december decluttering thread and got rid of over 300 items. It reallly motivated me to just get started.<br><br>
We rearranged the boys' bedroom, our bedroom, the front sun/music room, the dining room, the coat closet, as well as the kitchen. There is a bunch of stuff piling up in the basement because dh just wants to try to sell it on a yard sale in the spring before donating (our whole neighborhood has a huge one every year so it draws people from all over the city). I've also been carting random things over to the local thrift store. The linen/hall closet still needs to be done as well as the living room needs to be rearranged.<br><br>
I feel pretty decluttered but as I look around I see a lot more that we could do without. I'm just waiting to see if it's pregnancy induced mania or not though because I've been known to purge to scarcity (and ended up costing us money in things we needed to replace).<br><br>
If this baby is a girl, all the boy clothes that are being stored downstairs that are too small for my two year old are getting tossed/donated.<br><br>
Another thing I need to purge is my shoe collection. I never thought of myself as a shoe person but I have lots from my pre mama days that I've hung on to for no real reason. I may try to sell them and then get a pair I really like and will use (I believe in high quality shoes andthey usually cost more than I'm willing to spend on myself for one purchase).<br><br>
I'll also be joining the local toy lending library and making a huge donation whenever I get the energy to go through the toys we have and pare them down.
 
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