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caitlinsgarden
Jun 2, 2010 9:46 AM CST
The never-ending battle of collecting vs time, energy and space! Maybe it is too much optimism? That I really think I might live long enough to actually use much of these "possibilities"?
This picture is not clutter by the way, it is just unorganized books and a bunny in need of rescue!

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Imagemqiq77
Jun 2, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
Clutter control,be organized, not f
Welcome "Caitlinsgarden", to the largest cluttered mess you could imagine, until I made up my mind to go from this: Mike

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Imagemqiq77
Jun 2, 2010 7:56 PM CST
Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
Clutter control,be organized, not f
To this, and it was accomplished through the help, and input from our "clutter forum" Friends. Its a joint effort, and I have much to do. Check us out, we're real people, helping real people. Mike

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caitlinsgarden
Jun 3, 2010 7:48 PM CST
My cluttered mess is worse than your cluttered mess, nya, nya, nya, nya!
Imagemqiq77
Jun 3, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
Clutter control,be organized, not f
I would doubt that, but the object here is to make a beautiful landscape, instead of a junk yard.It begins in the mind, and no one has control of you mind, that you won't let them have.Once our mind is free, and I do mean Free, then you finally take control of your situation.So its about choices, then you learn to organize.
As for me, and mine, we will become clutter free. Mike
Imagechris
Jun 4, 2010 5:34 AM CST
Name: chris Zone 8a
Peachtree City, GA
caitlinsgarden wrote:My cluttered mess is worse than your cluttered mess, nya, nya, nya, nya!


Hilarious! caitlin, you fit right in here! Welcome!

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Imagegardengus
Jun 4, 2010 3:12 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Caitlinsgarden,
so where are you going to start?
we have a progress thread here and I am looking forward to your report.
Smiling
still working one mess at a time
Cinda
caitlinsgarden
Jun 6, 2010 5:09 AM CST
Where to start? I think this is the main problem!
Image1AnjL
Jun 23, 2010 12:11 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hurray! Hurray! DH and I have decided to put the house on the market, which of course means I get to declutter at super speed Grumbling Sad but now I HAVE to lighten our load and get rid of everything that I dont absolutely LOVE and have to have (DH DOES fall into that category! Hilarious! so I'll be keeping him! Hilarious! ) We'll live at the cabin in the sierras for a year, then move outta state Big Grin so I will soon have MANY progress pixs for you all!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagewoofie
Jun 23, 2010 7:53 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Anjl, where do you plan to move? (after the sierras, that is)
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Imagemqiq77
Jun 23, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
Clutter control,be organized, not f
I hope my next "move", is to the graveyard.There is nothing more tireing, than moving.I guess I'm just too big a coward, to want to move. Taking a trip, is bad enough, witch is what we are doing in the morning.Loading, and unloading. DW will take things, that will not come out of the bag, until we get back. Mike
Image1AnjL
Jun 23, 2010 12:18 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Woofie we are planning to move up north, probably WA as thats where my sisters and mom are. Final retirement destination is not yet nailed down. The good news is, we HAVE to lighten our load tremendously, which means lots n lots less clutter Hurray! Hurray!

I'm pricing dumpsters right now, something I've wanted to do for many, many years! Hilarious! I cant wait to fill it!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagewoofie
Jun 23, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Hilarious!
I know, you just can't stay away from me, can you? Whistling
WA is generally a pretty good choice for retirement, since there's no state income tax (unlike those greedy rats in OR).
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Image1AnjL
Jun 23, 2010 1:18 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hilarious! the rats in Cali are BIGGER! Grumbling yes, we love WA and the land there is really cheap compared to here! Sis's and mom are in the Olympia are, so we were looking at Tenino or Rainier. Still have to wait and see what happens. For now, I've set up a bulky pick up from out garbage co, then we'll order a 2nd bulky pickup, then a dumpster. Now I'm checking to see when our neighborhood garage sale is, and checking into goodwill stores that pick up junk. Part of our problem is we have 3 of everything! I had a home before we married, and then we have the city home, and also the cabin. We will only need 1 iron, 1 ironing board, 1 microwave etc once we sell this place....so lots n lots to get rid of! Hurray!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagemqiq77
Jun 23, 2010 7:24 PM CST
Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
Clutter control,be organized, not f
Sounds like a plan, AnjL, I love Wa, and could almost spend the year there.I am familier with Tenino, because of the military, and its a nice place.I have been in the Seatle area, and land there looks like a premium.I have tried to explane the "Monkey Tail Tree", to people around here, and they just can't imagine it.
I know you will be happier leaving Ca., I wouldn't even atempt to go there. Heck, I can't imagine a place that the mosquitos don't stick to you, and you hit yourself in the nose, swatting gnats.Home Sweet Home, Ga. Mike
Imagewoofie
Jun 23, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Ha, I thought I only needed one of everything, too.....until I moved into a 2-story house! No way I'm dragging a vacuum cleaner up and down those stairs. And then I gots my own TV up there, too, since DH and I don't like the same shows, and a little microwave and a small fridge, and 2 each of all my cleaning supplies and medicines and all those other little things I'm too lazy to run up or down the stairs to get! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Image1AnjL
Jun 23, 2010 11:48 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
LOLOL! well we dont do carpeting, and dust mops are light thankfully! Hilarious! but I really really dont want a 2 story house! been there done that, got the thighs to prove it too! Whistling

I did start on my bathroom today, I havent worn makeup in over 3 yrs, so tossed it all! I dont wear perfume, so tossed that too! how in the world do we wind up with so many bottles of lotions and potions?! Grumbling
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagewoofie
Jun 24, 2010 7:44 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
I know what you mean! I went through a while ago (Thanks for getting me started on this, Mike! Smiling ) and tossed out all my old make-up and nail polish....good grief I had a lot of that stuff! And most of it about 30 years old! Outdated medicines, too.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Pippi21
Jan 12, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Silver Spring, Maryland
Catlin'sgarden..seeing your bookshelves makes me realize and I've been thinking of it for a long time. I need to go through a lot of books and donate them somewhere too.
If you know of a homeless shelter and have a lot of up to date paperbacks, the shelters will take them. A paperback is something the homeless that is small and they can take with them when they leave.

When I was a member of a weigh loss support group, we donated a lot of clothing to a woman's shelter. My trunk and back seat and passenger seat was full of good, used clothing and paperbacks as well as some hardbacks somebody had donated. The residents that day even helped me unload and you've never seen such a mad scramble when the clothes were laid out on a large table for people to be separated into sizes. I felt sad but yet good that we could help in some small way.

Right now, Warm clothing is very much appreciated. If you have winter clothing:coats, hats, gloves or boots and you're not wearing them, donate them to a worthy charity that will give them to somebody that needs them. Some of the charities that call you asking for donations, resell it and when I worked in a bank where two well know charity organizations had accounts, those accounts had many accounts over $100,000 each(because FDIC only insured up to that amount in the 1980's. It is more now.) Since seeing the balance in those accounts, I will not donate to those charities.

Your local library will accept books but check with them first. They sometimes will restock it if it is a fairly new book or if older will resell it in their used book store for a minimal price. Called "Friends of the Library."

Yesterday enroute to my bowling, I saw somebody's worldly possessions out on the grass. Guess they had been evicted and people were picking through it. Driving by it, it didn't look like most of it was useable or serviceable. But it was sad to see that, especially in this cold weather. Maybe that family or residents were in a homeless shelter last night or out on the streets "begging."

I've been saying that when I get a free day that I will take stuff out of the home office closet, go through it, condense it, weed through it and throw out saved articles that may not be of any value to me now..but I keep putting it off.

Beside of my bed, there is a pile of gardening catlogues, on top of my comforter is a pile of paper clutter that I need to go through, either put in my garden journal, or throw it in trash. The top of my computer desk in front of me needs the same done to it, although I did go through a lot last week and got rid of it, but I keep printing off new stuff, that I want to save for future reference. I made myself a promise to make a note of certain websites or blogspots that I saw such and such and write it down in the composition book. Last night, I clean out a storage/shoe box that contained pencils and pens removed from our church sanctuary pews and found a red ball point pen which I decided to use as it will allow me to see important stuff that I want to remember or referred back to later.

Stuff from my class reunion back in late Oct. is piled beside another night stand waiting for me to find a permanent place for it or pitch it in the trash. One of these nights when I'm having insomnia, I'll tackle that pile.

Have you saved old videos/dvd/vhs tapes to have to look at over again? When was the last time you looked at them? Bet it will be more than 3 yrs. Then pitch them into a box for a charity donation. I've got a lot of those too. My daughter has hundreds and I keep asking her why is she keeping all of them. They never look at them again. Advertise them on Craig's list or Ebay.

Is there a children's hospital or convalescent home near you that could use some of those videos for their residents? Donate and this leaves you less clutter.

I had a friend tell me she removed her closet doors because it forced her to see all the clutter she needed to get rid of. It forced her to go through it and kep it neat too.

Just some suggestions! Now I need to take my own advice and get rid of some paper clutter!






Imagewoofie
Jan 12, 2011 12:45 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Lots of good suggestions there, Pippi!

I also just heard about a website that will buy books from you. Not sure if I got it down right, but I think it was cash4books.net. Haven't had a chance to check it out yet, tho.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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