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mandycorn

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #525 on: January 28, 2015, 04:46:32 PM »
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?

Do it! They're trying to empty grandma's house next summer to rent it out and I think it worried them how much of their own stuff they needed to weed through to make room for her stuff.

I'm not looking forward to getting into the boxes and boxes of schoolwork they always made us save, though...
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #526 on: January 29, 2015, 10:29:32 AM »
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?

Do it! They're trying to empty grandma's house next summer to rent it out and I think it worried them how much of their own stuff they needed to weed through to make room for her stuff.

I'm not looking forward to getting into the boxes and boxes of schoolwork they always made us save, though...

I think that, at this point, you (and your sibs) may want to ask yourselves "Is there anything in my old schoolwork that I want to see again? If so, do I want to see it badly enough to counterbalance the time and effort it will take to sift through all those boxes?"

If the answer to either question is No, tell your parents you're taking those boxes, unopened, to the shredder/recycler/dump when you leave - so you can go straight to supper.  ;D

(Granted, this is a bit simplistic. Naturally, if any of your siblings disagree, you may all be stuck going through those boxes. If there's a chance that something important is in the boxes, you may likewise be stuck. But if you consider that those boxes have sat in the basement for X years and no one has needed to go into them to find something, how likely is it that you actually need something that is in those boxes? Going through them now will only create mental attachments to more stuff that you haven't felt a need for until you saw it again.)

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« Reply #527 on: January 29, 2015, 11:29:31 AM »
When my mother moved to assisted living, her sister & my brothers "went through" everything before they let me know!

Not realizing that the locusts had stripped everything, I borrowed a friend's pick-up truck & went to my mother's house, only to find that what was left was trash & whateveritems no one else had wanted.

I sorted some things into groups & called my aunt to come over.

I showed her the Bibles & textbooks that had been dumped in a box of trash;
lo & behold, they were family Bibles & my grandmother's (my mother's & aunt's mother) schoolbooks from the late teens (1910's), when students had to buy their books.

The math book had my grandmother's notes in the margins.

I suggested that, rather than trash usable items, she might call someone at their church to pick up the Tupperware & the other books, especially the whole set of children's Bible stories, & I took a few things.

including a box of papers that contained a whole stack of photos of a trip my parents had taken in the 40's with their niece, my cousin Pat.

She was tall & beautiful & wore circle skirts & saddle shoes & sweaters, & she & her kids & grandchildren were thrilled to get the photos.

Also in the box was a whole life insurance policy my father had taken out on me when I was born.

I got nearly $300 when I cashed it in.

soooo.....

Maybe it's a good idea to look through those boxes.

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #528 on: January 29, 2015, 02:10:23 PM »
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?

Do it! They're trying to empty grandma's house next summer to rent it out and I think it worried them how much of their own stuff they needed to weed through to make room for her stuff.

I'm not looking forward to getting into the boxes and boxes of schoolwork they always made us save, though...

I think that, at this point, you (and your sibs) may want to ask yourselves "Is there anything in my old schoolwork that I want to see again? If so, do I want to see it badly enough to counterbalance the time and effort it will take to sift through all those boxes?"

If the answer to either question is No, tell your parents you're taking those boxes, unopened, to the shredder/recycler/dump when you leave - so you can go straight to supper.  ;D

(Granted, this is a bit simplistic. Naturally, if any of your siblings disagree, you may all be stuck going through those boxes. If there's a chance that something important is in the boxes, you may likewise be stuck. But if you consider that those boxes have sat in the basement for X years and no one has needed to go into them to find something, how likely is it that you actually need something that is in those boxes? Going through them now will only create mental attachments to more stuff that you haven't felt a need for until you saw it again.)

Oh, that's a brilliant point! Thank you! They did have the foresight to separate things by kid and by year, so I could always just take my boxes away unopened and straight to the dump, even if my sisters want to do some sorting. I may look through the early elementary boxes, just to see if there are any craft projects worth saving/sharing with my teacher friends, but I can't imagine 3-12 grade will yield anything cute or interesting. I definitely haven't needed any of those reports yet!
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #529 on: February 18, 2015, 09:33:27 PM »
I completely emptied and sorted the upstairs linen closet. I got rid of all table clothes with holes or stains, sheets with holes or mismatched, old towels, etc. It is amazing how much room there is in there now.

I partially sorted the downstairs linen closet, the kids had overnight camp when school was out for Presidents Day weekend and needed twin bed sized sheets. I got rid of all the sheet sets that had holes or worn out elastics on the fitted sheet.

My husband is taking all the rejected sheets and towels to our Vet's office. They collect them to use for rescues and shelters.

I need to finish the downstairs closet for all the other sizes of sheets, blankets, towels etc.

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« Reply #530 on: February 18, 2015, 10:56:49 PM »
One of my cats got locked into the linen cabinet overnight. Of course, she peed while she was in there. Totally not her fault, except for the part that she snuck in when she shouldn't have. So, I pulled everything out, washed it, folded up the sheets and towels that we haven't used for years and took them into the local St. Vincent.

While I was there, I mentioned my bookshelves full of moldering paperbacks and mourned that I was going to have to throw them in the trash. They said that they actually liked getting them because they could sell them for a few pennies each to a pulp company.

So, now I have a nice clean linen cabinet, I learned that I have a whole lot more hand towels than I thought I did (I use them for everything), and a kick in the rump to deal with the bookshelves.

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #531 on: February 19, 2015, 07:59:38 PM »
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #532 on: February 19, 2015, 09:02:02 PM »
I've started a list. I'm taking a "stay-cation" during spring break and want to clean out Boo's room, the office and my bathroom/ closet. I think it's doable in 5 days. I got my 2 makeup bags organized into 1 cute tray to get and threw out 5 things

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #533 on: February 20, 2015, 10:22:25 AM »
Trying to get my boss to declutter at work. Technically she's open to doing it and agrees it needs to be done; but she's very controlling, and wants to be right there deciding which things stay and which go. Which is reasonable, except she never seems to have time to do this. And, when she's involved, we have to listen to the life story of every object before it gets thrown away.

I made an executive decision to put the book Windows 2000 for Dummies in the recycling bin yesterday. We'll see if she even notices.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #535 on: February 20, 2015, 01:15:38 PM »
I've started a list. I'm taking a "stay-cation" during spring break and want to clean out Boo's room, the office and my bathroom/ closet. I think it's doable in 5 days. I got my 2 makeup bags organized into 1 cute tray to get and threw out 5 things

I did that last year, and am doing it again this summer. It was wonderful! i can't wait fo this year!

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #536 on: February 21, 2015, 12:54:15 AM »
I am retiring from teaching in 1 1/2 years, so I have been decluttering my room this year.  Had my teacher assistant help me with a sweep of all drawers and cabinets and boxes last semester.  This semester I am going through all the folders of papers of "ideas to use/plans to use someday".  I figure if I haven't used them yet, I probably won't.

Also going through usb drives and files on my computers at home/school and consolidating/eliminating files.

Also, as i teach each unit this year, I am cleaning out the materials, papers, etc that I didn't use.  Next year as I teach each unit, it will all go away.  When I am done May 2016 I want very little to have to pack up and take with me.

It feels really good to be doing this.  Don't want to be like several of my friends and have to make several carloads next year and then still have the daunting task of storing all the stuff and then cleaning it out.

On the personal front, I am cleaning out my office.  Have shredded and tossed a lot; have scanned what needs to be kept and organized in files; have found some papers that need to go to lock box.  Can't wait to have a clean office, organized files, and room!  Feels good already, can't wait for it to be done!
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