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Your Spring-Time Mission, should you decide to accept it....
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Date: 3/27/12 11:10 AM

1. Collect boxes/bags
2. Go thru every closet, drawer, bin, cabinet
3. Remove anything not used in the last 6 months (exceptions allowed for holidays) like rusting cookie sheets, cosmetics, May-be-someday-clothing, 10-of-12-nail files, picture frames, knicky-knacks, even (gasp!) little pieces of stash fabrics/notions...you get the idea.
4. Divide neatly for donations, garage sale, or re-cycle. Hopefully the car trunk should be full.
5. Avoid H's garage--where I could personally de-stash by 3/4.
6. Sit back, have a glass of wine, say AAH, and gear up for some
summer patio reading or new online fabric stashing...?

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Date: 3/27/12 2:35 PM

I laughed when I read your post I have decided that I NEED to clean out my house. My house isn't over stuffed with things, but I do have a lot of stuff and every closet, drawer seems like its full!

The thought of cleaning out - trying to decide what stays and what goes is daunting! I look in my hall closet, the basement, the back closet, the utility closet, my dresser drawers and I feel OVERWHELMED!

So, I have decided to just do one little area (A drawer? A closet? A shelf?) once a week. Maybe I won't make HUGE progress but I will be - hopefully - be making progress!!

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Date: 3/27/12 2:44 PM

I am taking the "5 items per day" approach -- started this in my MBR walk-in closet and another junk collector closet. Each day I take 5 items out of each closet and do something permanent with it -- it gets put away in its proper place, tossed, filed or put in the appropriate box for upcoming garage sale. I have so far cleaned off 2 shelves in the junk closet (which will become a games closet -- we're a huge board game playing family) and almost have the floor of the walk-in cleaned out.

Given my hectic lifestyle I can't usually set aside an entire day for doing cleaning related projects so this way the job eventually gets done and I can fit it into my busy days. It's kind of like the "30 mins a day" approach to sewing (which has also worked in my personal sewing endeavours).

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Date: 3/27/12 2:57 PM

Quote: gramma b
1. Collect boxes/bags

I'm really good at step 1... As in "Hello, my name is Tess and I'm a bin-a-holic" ...

Like Kemish and Shebear I have to tackle these things a little at a time, or I get too overwhelmed to start.

With no basement here and the need to park two cars in the garage (which is the usual storage area around here) we had to resort to a storage unit for those things we couldn't part with (including out of season things like Christmas stuff). Now maybe I can get my luggage out of the corner of the study...

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Date: 3/27/12 4:38 PM

I just went to the thrift store and dropped off 2 of the 13 gallon garbage bags full of stuff. I am sure I can find a lot more if I just try.

Now, garage sale season is just around the corner, so hopefully more stuff from some else's garage will not find its way into my home---again.

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Date: 3/27/12 5:59 PM


Already did my spring cleaning and purge.. even DHs space..

I was going to clean up the yard.. but since I have done all my homework.. can I just drink that glass of wine instead ?

AAHHHH.......

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Date: 3/27/12 6:45 PM

Running that campaign like crazy is all the Mission you now need!

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Date: 3/30/12 5:55 PM

I have no problem with the advice to get rid of things you've never used and know you never will use or use again... but the arbitrary "haven't used in 6 months/a year/whatever" rules seem silly and short-sighted to me. For instance, I used to do a lot of cake decorating, and still will for family birthdays. But DH's and my birthdays are more than six months apart. If I got rid of all my cake decorating supplies because I hadn't used them in 6 months, I'd have to re-buy every time I wanted to decorate a cake! (And maybe that's only ever 2-3 YEARS, but I'm darn glad to have the stuff when I want it!)

Also, take things like crutches. I haven't used mine in 12 years and hope to heck I never need them again, but there's no way I'm getting rid of them! Some things you REALLY don't want to have to buy twice.

I know a lot of people don't agree, but I'd rather have things when I need them, then regret getting rid of something that was perfectly useful, and then have to get another one.

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Date: 3/30/12 7:24 PM

I dropped off a carload of stuff at Goodwill just the other day.

Spring Cleaning and getting rid of stuff always makes me feel so good. Over the past 12 years or so we have moved as many times, and I've gotten pretty good at purging before each move. I have never missed anything I've gotten rid of (except for one bag of baby clothes that I would never have used again anyway), but every single move without fail, I find more stuff I wish I had gotten rid of before the move - it would have saved me the trouble of unpacking it!
-- Edited on 3/30/12 7:26 PM --

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Date: 3/30/12 7:26 PM

The #3 rule does not appeal to me, as I'm still using up some stuff from even 20 years or so back. Also some antique over even 100 years old stuff of once other people's too. Also some of the stuff from maybe 20 years or so back, is actually made pretty good, and would cost me 10 times as much to buy the same today. So, I'm keeping those kind of things.

But I for sure agree if it's the color or feel of some fabric/clothes you don't like and/or they are too small, tight or are uncomfortable, and so not using or wearing them at all; no matter how long you keep them, that kind of thing usually never gets any better with time at all! Unless you eventually have children that might fit into them or like the color better. But even then, there taste in colors or fabric might not match up either. Might as well jetison those, to just make way for new to you "good stuff" you might actually use instead!

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