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decluttering house (by Aimee [OH]) Aug 5, 2022 7:41 PM
       decluttering house (by Vee [OH]) Aug 5, 2022 9:02 PM
       decluttering house (by MikeA [TX]) Aug 5, 2022 9:13 PM
       decluttering house (by Mapleaf18 [NY]) Aug 5, 2022 9:32 PM
       decluttering house (by Richard [MI]) Aug 5, 2022 10:12 PM
       decluttering house (by MC [PA]) Aug 6, 2022 6:09 AM
       decluttering house (by plenty [MO]) Aug 6, 2022 7:39 AM
       decluttering house (by Nicole [PA]) Aug 6, 2022 9:21 AM
       decluttering house (by RentsDue [MA]) Aug 6, 2022 9:58 AM
       decluttering house (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Aug 6, 2022 10:41 AM
       decluttering house (by Robin [WI]) Aug 8, 2022 9:14 PM

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decluttering house (by Aimee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2022 7:41 PM

Have you ever had to de-clutter a house? Five rooms, three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, no attic no basement. Recommendations re process, companies, etc.? Thanks. State Specific Question About: OHIO (OH)

decluttering house (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2022 9:02 PM

If the place is empty get the largest dumpster you can fit there and fill the bulky stuff first, layer in the next smaller size stuff, sometimes when it rains the smaller stuff will filter down thru the spaces.

decluttering house (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2022 9:13 PM

We went through it a couple of years ago when we were remodeling our house. We had 30 years worth of our stuff plus piles of inherited stuff from both of our parents. Went through room by room closet by closet putting the "keepers" in a box first then what was left went into the get rid of boxes. Some of the closets had stuff that hadn't seen daylight in 20 years, almost all of it went away.

We intentionally tried to get rid of half at that point. Once the remodel was over we did the same thing in reverse. Pull something out of the box and decided to get rid of more, probably another 1/4 of the stuff. The first room was the hardest, once we made it past the first we were tired of dealing with it and it went much quicker.

We had probably 200 precious moments that were gifts over 20+ years from kids, two full cabinets full of glassware, mom's and grandma's china sets. We asked our kids if they wanted to come get some of it and got a hard no, they didn't want any of it. That was when we realized there was no need to keep it because we weren't going to use it and they were just going to get rid of it after we are gone. That realization made it much easier to part with stuff.

decluttering house (by Mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2022 9:32 PM

Thanks for reminding me of what I will be doing after this November. Hubby is not very organized and we usually have 2, 4, 6 of everything (hand tools, wet dry vacs, socket wrenches)

And all his diagrams and manuals from hvac equipment (its all online today)

I started moving forward a paperless office 2 yrs ago. I scan everything into folders on my 6 TB NAS. Then do redundant backups.

decluttering house (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2022 10:12 PM

As I am getting older I think about this more and more.

I think that when we are gone out stuff is divided into 4 piles. Pile 1 is what the kids or relatives want- the actual real things that are just too much to part with. Pile 2 is what they will sell. Pile 3 is what goes to charity. Pile 4 goes to the dump.

What is sad to me is when I go to the thrift stores and see the mementos, the things I realize that kids and friends gave to the parents for birthdays and Christmas presents now just sitting on a shelf , often for 25 cents. These things meant something to both the parents and to those who gave it to them. Now they mean nothing, only a quarter to the store. It's very sad to me.

I look at the things I have accumulated over a lifetime, the same way, from family and friends, and I can't help but see the shelves of the thrift store in my mind. It leaves me sad and numb.I think of the things I have given to family and friends and wonder how they feel. --24.180.xx.xx

decluttering house (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 6:09 AM

I have things the kids made,things from my people. Too hard for me to dump it. Sometimes I will be able to a little at a time, some months nothing. I know they are things but also memories. I will never have those moments again. My office is decluttered. The rest, someone else can do. SO won't admit but has some also. I am from a different type of family. Tried to sell some, donated some and some I am still on the fence.

decluttering house (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 7:39 AM

I've also made a third box, the one that says I want to keep but know I shouldn't. Knowing, Tomorrow, or next week I'll re evaluate and make the right decision.

decluttering house (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 9:21 AM

I've lived in my home a long time- over 40 years. I raised my family here. It is a 3900 sq foot house and it was full.

Last year I wanted/needed to do some work on one level. It needed to be completely empty for the work. I obtained a POD for the driveway. I packed up stuff (neatly and organized) at first. I got rid of a lot. Such as book shelves. I got rid of a lot of stuff - you know, the books from before internet about health, household tips, financial tips, etc. I got rid of A LOT of children's books although not all. I kept many because some were my favorites and some because I have grandchildren. Same thing with knick knack shelves, office, walk in closet, etc. As I was working through, my organization in packing got less and less efficient ... because I was sick of it.

Eventually the work was completed and I started bringing stuff back in. I did the same in reverse. Items had been in the pod for months and I hadn't used or needed them so I down sized again.

If you walked in my house, you'd be amazed at how much stuff I actually have. It's not messy or junky at all but I've still got plenty in here. When I look around, I realize how little I truly need to survive but I like my stuff and I'm keeping it...including the large entertainment center the kids go bonkers about.

decluttering house (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 9:58 AM

Iíve been de-cluttering for a few years now. I have a very effective method. The donation stuff is easy . Load it in the truck and donate it. Itís gone quickly. The problem is the rest of the stuff that nobody wants and will linger in your home for years. Burn it, poof- itís gone. I have a bonfire here just about every weekend ( weather permitting) . If you donít live where you can do that- get a chiminea or one of those little backyard fire pits. I realize this is very backwoods of me but it is effective. --68.191.xx.xx

decluttering house (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 10:41 AM

Do I want it? Do I need it? Do I use it? If I didn't have it would I go out and buy one just like it?

Is it worth the bother of packing it to move it? Is it worth the cost to move it or store it?

I do keep stuff my heirs won't want because I enjoy it myself.

I have a whole bunch of stuff that normal people wouldn't be keeping because it is stuff I use for the rentals.

And this is sad: I have beautiful antiques that I paid a lot of money for and they are now worth squat. No one wants them. The same for all the collections of "collectible" stuff, beanie babies, avon bottles, carnival glass. Perhaps don't keep things just because you think they will be worth something someday.

decluttering house (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Aug 8, 2022 9:14 PM

When I was a teenager, I read a book called "Clutter's Last Stand." It changed my life. I highly recommend it!

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