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ImageJuliaJayne
Apr 13, 2010 7:57 PM CST
Wisconsin
Are you actively getting rid of clutter and excess things from your home? I have been decluttering on and off for years now, and I'm hoping that by the end of the year, i can say I am done and be in maintenance mode. Meaning that I will go through each space in spring and fall to make sure there is nothing outdated our unwanted taking up space in my house. I have been reading books on the topic lately and I found the following from the book "It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys"

"An "alive" place for everything means that you store the things that you use frequently within easy reach. You have enough to meet your needs, but not too much. You love or use the things that you have. The energy in your house will feel fresh when you live like this because you are not maintaining unused, unappreciated items. When the things around you are in use, you have a sense of true elegance, a sense of fit between yourself, your things, and your environment. You are in relationship to the things you have. They become special because you are living your life with them."

Imagequilter5
Apr 14, 2010 5:35 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Each spring and fall for the last two years we have gone through the house with this in mind. "If we have to move today will this item go with us?" If not, then it is gone. No more saving for the kids. We offer it now - if they want it fine, if not it goes to the local swap shop. Here anything that is left can be taken by anyone who comes in. In other words - our no longer wanted items may be someone's treasure..
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 14, 2010 10:47 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I had to do errands yesterday and put a box of books in the car to donate to the library; they have been sitting in the garage all winter. Well, I forgot to stop at the library but they are one step closer to getting there.

Beautiful day here but windy.
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Imagequilter5
Apr 14, 2010 11:18 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
It's a beautiful day here too but I'd say breezy for this area. In other words, it doesn't take my breath away!!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 14, 2010 5:50 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Whew! I am IN A MESS! New dining table delivered today. Two of my neighbors came to help get it unloaded and stayed for two hours. They uncrated it, assembled it, pulled the carpet out from under it (it must be 9'X12').
They said the carpet didn't go with the table and took it back downstairs for me. Very nice - I was missing it down there.

Do you know that the backing on your carpet falls apart and makes a fine dust? It's gritty and it's EVERYWHERE!

And the old table and chairs are now sitting there in the way. I have just been "CLUTTERED!". And all the floors need cleaning now - upstairs and down.

Why the semi driver even stayed for an hour and helped them! What a day!
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 14, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Oh . . but did I tell you I am in LOVE with the new table.

* * * I just gotta do it (slapping fingers) just gotta *** Lovey dubby

And I NEVER use those little guys.
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Image1AnjL
Apr 14, 2010 5:53 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Oh Arlene, I soooo know what you mean about the backing on those rugs! I had sand all over my hardwood floors... couldn't figure out where it was coming from. I vacuumed and vacuumed and it was always there! Grumbling Then, I rolled up the carpet one day to clean the floors and OMGosh! yuck! we now have no carpet in that room...well not until I make a huge braided rug LOL!
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Image1AnjL
Apr 14, 2010 5:54 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
pictures of the table please ... Big Grin
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 14, 2010 5:55 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I'll try to get a pic tomorrow; DH is home from work and needs a little TLC from TLC.
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ImageTrish
Apr 14, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Since we have traditionally moved every 8 months, clutter just hasn't built up. We do out of necessity store a lot of things- tons of paperwork, school books and work, office supplies, and children's clothes to be passed on. It is always alarming to me how much we do de-clutter every 8 months, though!

Now that we are here to stay, I've been very diligent to stay on top of the clutter. There won't be a move to make us get rid of it. We agreed to be like Barb above and try to act like we're going to move once a year or so. So far, so good however!
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Imagequilter5
Apr 15, 2010 4:53 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I find that when I moved in the past it was always a time of not taking what I didn't use. Now it's much easier to get rid of things I don't use at least twice a year. And best of all - we are at that stage of life that we can ask that question BEFORE we buy it in the first place!!!!!
You gotta love it-------Is this the new circle of life????
ImageCandyce
Apr 15, 2010 6:55 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
It seems that we, like Trish and Dave, are always on a de-clutter mission. What helps me though is the five different areas that we work on each month.

For example, this week we are in the Master Bath. So, in here I'll toss old magazines, ratty towels, old and unloved creams, lotions, and soaps ... you get the picture. Just taking a few extra minutes as I am in each of the areas makes a big difference for us!
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Imagequilter5
Apr 15, 2010 9:01 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Here is where I have been remiss. I'm off to get rid of the stuff we dont need or use.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 15, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
You go, Girl!
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ImageCandyce
Apr 15, 2010 2:05 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Just take it a little bit at a time, Barb. It doesn't feel like so much of a 'job' that way.
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Imagequilter5
Apr 15, 2010 5:19 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Thanks Candyce. I got some done today - all the outdated stuff.
Tomorrow I'll work on the duplicates that are in the kitchen and the bath. Maybe I can combine and rid myself of some containers.
ImageCandyce
Apr 15, 2010 6:30 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
You go, girl!
Just don't get burned out!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Apr 16, 2010 5:25 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Well folks I started on THE OFFICE today. Tax Day has come and gone and now I have no excuse Not to get it done. I took some photos this morning. Haven't decided whether I'll share them or not. But I will take photos at the end of each day so you can see the progress.

The other day Connie and I were in Goodwill and I found 5 waybigo Sterlite containers that had lids. They were 99 cents each. I got them all and decided I'd use them to organize and get rid of stuff in this office.

Today, I moved out the chair and put the containers in front of my desk. As I cleared off each item, it went into one or the other of these containers. I found some nice things to sell to make a little extra money for my Virginia trip. The trip will be some time in either June or July. But come hell or high water, I'm not going until this office is cleaned!

So, at the end of today, one desk got completely cleared off. One Lazer printer that hasn't worked in years is on the side of the road. Someone can use it for a boat anchor if they want. I don't care. Books and photos are in their appropriate tubs, Crafts in another tub, stuff to sell in a basket. My old computer Lightning (which I needed to get hooked back up) is now on that desk, ready to be used. I've still got an empty tub. I will take the tub to Goodwill and get them to empty it so I can refill it. I figure if I can do this job one tub at a time, I'll be more apt to get it done. Anyone looking in this evening wouldn't see that much got done. But I know it did and I'm proud of myself for getting this job that I've procrastinated on started.

Janet
ImageTrish
Apr 16, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Good job, Janet!!!!

Oddly enough, I also cleaned my office today- great minds, eh?

Now, I have a stack about 18" high in the very corner, along with 3 letter slots full of things- all of which need to be taken care of- but that's beside the point :) It is clean- dusted even.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Apr 16, 2010 5:44 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Yeah Trish! Great minds indeed!! I feel better knowing I'm not alone in this.

There's still quit a bit to go on my end, but I'm feeling much better about turning loose of the STUFF. Like you all have said, if I haven't used it or don't plan on using it .... it's pretty dern useless! HAHAHA

One of my cubitmates Carol (Okus) in Ancestry has in her tag line.... How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I feel like I've had my fill of elephant, but tomorrow I'll be hungry again. And if not tomorrow, then the next day. I've got about 60 days to get this job finished and I will NOT procrastinate any more! I will persevere!!!

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