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Old 12-28-2012, 10:26 PM
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I must be a card hoarder since I save all the birthday and holiday cards I get from my family and friends.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Fran101 View Post
Living in a tiny studio apartment teaches you nothing if not how to not waste storage space lol
Small apartments FTW. I hate stuff. And clutter. My mother is going to be on a hoarding tv show or something. I used to clean and de-clutter only to have the house cluttered back up with the new crap she bought a month later. My rule for buying items is a) do I love it it, b) is it worth the time it took me to make the money to purchase it, c) do I have a place for it, and most importantly d) is it fulfilling a previously identified need or want. There are exceptions to those rules, but they make it easier to live by.

Right now the apartment is cluttered because it needs a couple loads of laundry done, some craft projects finished, and I need to ban my mother from my apartment. She has a key and just drops by with piles of things she thought I'd like. It's SO sweet and I feel very loved, but am tired of explaining I don't need useless things I don't have room for.

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Tosser.... Who'd want to be a tosser *sniggers*
I can't read the title without giggling.
"and I dont play the victim, I own my stuff... but whatever blows your skirt up. "
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:24 AM
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Add me to the saver camp. I do toss things such as birthday cards, and such. But I save many many things. You never know when you might need a box or something. LOL

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by noludoru View Post

I can't read the title without giggling.
ok--I'm missing something here, clearly!

I am still cleaning through stuff--but, it's all the letters I wrote to my (now) husband--and his letters to me. It occurred to me that many people now wouldn't even have letters--clearing email is easier!

I also think being a parent, you tend to save those childhood items--memories yes, and fun to revisit with your grown child. I found a hysterical set of notes from my son--seriously had us all rolling and laughing. Glad I saved those, I will pull them out again sometime and get another good laugh. It is especially funny now that he is grown, and seeing those traits from childhood still exist in him--but what was challenging as a child, has given him strength in his job as an adult.

I moved quite a few times in our early marriage years--but have been in this house now for 20 years. I do get rid of 'stuff"--but these cards and artwork, etc. are more challenging to let go of. I think I might frame some of the artwork and hang it up next to their photo.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by LostAndConfused View Post
I married a saver. I'm trying to convince him that he probably doesn't need the note the girl he had a crush on in middle school is worth saving. Or the random pencil topper he found on the playground. It's not working so well. But I give his a round of applause everytime he throws something out.
I too, am a tosser, who married a saver.

The good news is, he doesn't 'collect' anything, so stuff just accumulates. If I point out to him that we don't need it, most of the time, he's willing to toss. I also don't ask him to throw away anything sentimental, so he's cool with that.

I will save a few things and try to repurpose them. I save our movie and event tickets throughout the year and try to make a piece of art with them.

The other plus for us is that we live in a small rent house. Not a lot of room to stash items that we want to save.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:56 AM
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TOsser without a doubt. THere is no room here for anything to be stored. Art supplies is the only thing I do hang on to..that and high quaility toys for the grans. Books are down to reference..and children's high quality..but that's it.

Go Petie Go Go Who Go!

love comes in many directions with mary

Side by side on the sofa sat three annoyed dogs and one smug cat
and then in came a little white kitten,
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:01 AM
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I'm mostly a tosser. Most of our banking is done online so that right there eliminates a paper trail. The few paper bills we get I toss as soon as they're paid. My husband is bad about letting paper and strange clutter pile up (like receipts he didn't even realize he kept) but I toss all that. I have a bill box and a couple of drawers in our built-in cabinet that I keep important documents in, and I still go through that from time to time.

As far as the rest of the house goes, I'm always throwing stuff away. I can't stand clutter and like things as streamlined as possible. We also live in a small, craftsman style house with very little closet space. In the smallest closet in the house, I've allowed some old stuff/junk to remain because of sentimental value. But it's all packaged up and stacked neatly in storage containers with the closet door shut. That's all I'll allow lol.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:31 PM
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I'm a mix of both, depending on what it is. I can't bring myself to throw away things like books, old dog stuff, certain ticket stubs/playbills etc. There's a small collection of random items stashed away throughout my room as well. Just small things have a sentimental value and don't take up much space, I could probably fit all of them in a kid's shoebox. The books do take up a considerable amount of space, but the majority of them are books that I love and will read over and over again. I have a small collection that I don't really need to hold on to, so I'll probably find some place/one to donate them to.

Every now and then I clean out all of the closets/drawers in the house and throw away any papers/trinkets that I didn't remember I had. If it was in the drawer long enough for me to forget about it/not remember where it came from, it doesn't need to stick around.

My mom is big on keeping things though. She moved out a year ago and we still have piles throughout the house of things that she needs to sort through so she can either take them with her or throw them away.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:35 PM
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I throw out most things, because I hate clutter and it especially sucks when you have to move and there is a ton of random stuff to pack. I used to keep everything and moving twice is what changed that!

But I do keep things here and there that just feel too important to throw out. I'm just not over the top about it anymore like I used to be.

My mom, OTOH, keeps everything. And somehow she's figured out a way to keep it all relatively organized, too.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:52 PM
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This thread is very pertinent to what's going on in my life right now. I'm moving about 1100km away and I'm only taking my small car initially, but sending the rest eventually by truck.

I started out wanting to take everything. Especially books. I love my books. I ended up taking my reference and texts books, about 10 dog related books (some that I've read and am always referring back to, and others that I haven't read yet), about 10 novels that I intend to read in the very, very near future, a handful of stationery that I am using at the moment (I horde stationery... love it!), about a dozen dvds (mostly TV series). I still have CD's, but I've ripped them to my laptop and they will get packed away.

Now I just have to pack my important electrical stuff (external hard drive, camera, video camera, kindle, random USBs, cords etc), toiletries (makeup, hair stuff, minimal jewellery because I don't wear it), my clothes, shoes etc, and kitchen stuff (including about 15 cookbooks which I had to be extremely ruthless with lol). Oh - and linen, towels, sheets, tea towels etc.

Wow, I'm sure you guys didn't really want to know every minute detail, but truth be told, it has helped me get my head around everything!

I'm so proud I have managed to cull what I am taking now down by 2/3. That's an achievement lol. I have let go four huge bags of clothes which will go to Vinnies.

I went through my numerous boxes of sentimental stuff and decided that a lot of it could go. Unless they are photos or really, really special... if I haven't looked at them or thought about them for 12 months, then I can live without them.

I have a whole stack of documents to shred and about four crate loads of recycling. Two large bags of regular rubbish.

Goodness it feels good to be ruthless with your stuff - especially if some of it you've held on to for far too long!

I have a box of stuff (mostly books, surprise, surprise) that I will take only if I have room. I definitely have a hierarchy going on.

- I went through the stuff that I had packed away last time I moved and ditched most of it. It's amazing what you consider important at different stages of your life. I have gotten rid of stuff that I thought I'd never get rid of. But I'll never get rid of my Fat Cat pillow case that mum made me when I was tiny. Never. Ever.

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