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Hi all, I am on a super tight budget and am trying to figure out just the right angle to take on de-cluttering. I realize that by de-cluttering our home works better, and even our attic would work better. On the other hand, now that I may not be able to replace things, I'm feeling uneasy about ruthlessly de-cluttering.<br><br>
For example: There are lots of toys my older dc either never used, or are done with, and they are in the attic. Part of my wants to ruthlessly go through them and throw out all but a small set that I think are very likely to be valuable to my third dc, who's too young currently. it would streamline and feel good. But then I think, I would be throwing out some that he may want to play with for a short time, and eliminating sort of novelty play, if you know what I mean. And I am not going to have $ to buy him toys of that kind.<br><br>
Or I may be throwing out a kind of toy that he would love but my older two just weren't into.<br><br>
That's just one of many types of examples. I don't want to get into scarcity thinking, due to the tight budget, and start hoarding. obviously, things of little value we'll toss, and big value we'll keep. IT's the medium-value stuff, or the stuff that *might* come in really handy, or might continue to just take up space.<br><br>
Any thoughts?
 

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I would go through the toys and get rid of anything that is broken or missing pieces or just isn't in good condition. Then box up and keep what you feel is a reasonable amount of toys that fits in the space that you have. If you need that space for something else be a little more picky about what you keep.
 

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This may seem odd, but I feel like there is an energetic link too...that scarcity mentality I feel almost creates more lack. It's like hoarding things in case you might need them keeps you in a place where you need things.<br><br>
I too am VERY financially challenged. I am working on creating an abundance of wealth. When I declutter things that *may* possibly be of use in our future I release them knowing that they will be going to a home that truly needs them. I also know that in the future if I do require them in our house again they will show up-sometimes in an even better form!<br><br>
Two years ago when I was done having kids I gave away fitted cloth diapers that were in really great shape. I could have sold them, and I needed the $. However, a mama in the community was in need and I had them to give. It felt great. I soon found myself pregnant again (suprise!) and was panicking that all of my baby stuff was gone. I mentioned to a friend that I was stressed about this and diapers, clothing and and other baby stuff came pouring in. I didn't have to pay a cent! It's funny how the universe can take care of you...<br><br>
Downsizing a year ago we got rid of all our furniture but our bed and a couch and chair. We will be moving again soon and will need some more furniture. An acquaintance at a play group mentioned that she needed to get rid of furniture as they had just started shopping for new stuff...so I'm covered again.<br><br>
Try and trust that you will always have exactly what you need even if you have no idea how you will get there. Don't part with things that have value to you at this moment. Don't part with things that you know you'll regret. Let everything else go and appreciate your freedom, and know that if a time comes you need something it will be there.<br><br>
I hope that wasn't too out there!
 

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firefaery, awesome advice - really. Like the OP, I have the same problem(s). I find it difficult to let go of things, thinking we'll need them in the future (but not necessarily the near future). That advice helps though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've been giving all of DS clothes to a mama in need as he outgrows. I almost never buy him stuff, because it keeps coming in. I have magic boxes in the closet that keep multiplying clothes<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We've actually bought very little. If we miraculously have another I'm not worried at all.
 
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