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Old 02-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #541
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Loving this thread! Thanks to all for posting and inspiring!

I do have to say however .... And this is TOTALLY said in regards to ME not anyone else

When I read about the (tiny) amounts some are purging, I almost LOL Because we apparently have way more stuff and junk than others.
And I have alot of work still do do

So even THAT inspires me to get moving again!! Thanks, everyone!!!

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No offense taken... The reason some people have so little is they have been destashing for several years, kids grown and have moved from a 4 bed 2 bath.... Into a 40 foot rv
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:02 AM   #543
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No offense taken... The reason some people have so little is they have been destashing for several years, kids grown and have moved from a 4 bed 2 bath.... Into a 40 foot rv
Ahh... While I'm not looking forward to the kids growing up any faster than they already are, the thought of traveling around in an RV does sound good!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:35 AM   #544
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Loving this thread! Thanks to all for posting and inspiring!

I do have to say however .... And this is TOTALLY said in regards to ME not anyone else

When I read about the (tiny) amounts some are purging, I almost LOL Because we apparently have way more stuff and junk than others.
And I have alot of work still do do

So even THAT inspires me to get moving again!! Thanks, everyone!!!

Well we only started with a 2-bedroom place - no basement, no attic, small garage. So the fact that I still have most of DD's baby stuff is definitely crazy! We have been good about donating clothing consistently, so at least that isn't as much of destash.

MY UPDATE:
Sold all 3 things I had on Craigslist last week, and have about 8 things up on ebay. One finished/sold yesterday - a collectible item that I was hoping to get $30-$50 for - it went for $158!!!! I feel rich!

This week I will return a pair of shoes to Zappos that DD never wore (love their 365 day return policy!) and sell a gift card that I will never use. I still need to list some more giant baby items on CL - not sure I'll have a chance.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:31 PM   #545
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Sent DS18 to drop off items at thrift store last night. Very thankful we have stow-n-go seating so the seats were hidden flat...the van was completely full and stacked up too.

Then DH and DfS got home from the college trip...Brought in toys from SIL and clothes. Suddenly I was overwhelmed, but once I saw the clothes will all fit DS2 now and the toys didn't go over the section limit...it's ok.

Made everyone watch Hoarders Season 1 Episode 1. Ok. So some missed the point of that "we don't have that much stuff..." I told them we are all just one pile of clutter away. Over dramatized, but made sense at the time.

Definitely ready to go through the cabinet full of vases. I have sets of matching vases. Not like I've ever had them all full of flowers at once!

Have to get over my "if I get rid of it, I will have to re-purchase it in the future" phobia.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:59 PM   #546
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Its been awhile since I posted......I was off over Xmas and did a ton of decluttering. Well, now its winter break. I didn't get alot done over the weekend, but now have 4 days to get things done.

My big project.....dd's bedroom. I am really in a fix about this and don't know what to do. Some people say, let her have it how she wants, its her room. Others say, its your house, you can set some rules.

My issue...generally dd isn't bad. She's a good student, been accepted at 6 of the 7 schools she applied to (one we still haven't' heard), some with merit aide. She does an outside activity and is quite competitive and skilled. Most people love her. We have a rough relationship. and part of me doesn't want to fight over her room.

Well, I have been in there a couple times recently and it is horrible. Like hoarders horrible. Clothes everywhere, bags of trash not thrown away....I mean horrible.

I started today by running loads of laundry and I am going to ask her after school to go through clothes.

Just by getting rid of stuff (gift bags, etc), I have made a ton of headway. If it looked like this, I wouldn't hassle her.

But I am worried....going off to college and NO idea of how to keep her room somewhat decent.

How should I start? I want to do it in a non punitive way, so it becomes a positive life lesson and not a fight between her and I (in which case, nothing will be learned)

Obviously, given the fact I am on this thread, I'm not perfect, but what she has is scary.

HELP PLEASE!!!!

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Over the weekend, cleaned out a closetmaid shelf unit not being used as intended & repurposed it as a snack cabinet in the man-cave. DH hung a shelf in the laundry room & I got some storage bins for the kids gloves & hats that are scattered about the house. Still need to majorly tackle the clothing. I feel like I constantly sort and get rid clothes, but the piles of laundry never go away...sigh.
Last night took 2 big jar candles from the back of the closet (gifts i didn't like but just couldn't throw out)& had my Girl Scouts make fire starters for camp. Don't feel like I am making much progress but have to remember slow & steady wins the race...
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I feel like I've gotten some destashing accomplished this past weekend.

The dining room is now done.

And I went through all the coats in the hall closet and we've cut down drastically on what we now have. All the ones that are too small and that we don't want I've washed and put in the donate bag which filled it up.
I still need to do the top shelf and the floor which I hope to do later this week.

Today I just finished going through one section of the master bedroom closet. I kind of had to because one of the organizer pieces with a shelf and pole that I had shirts hung on collapsed. I've filled another bag of clothes to donate and repaired the shelf.

I'm still a bit off track from my original plan since I was sick but as long as I'm still plugging away, I don't mind.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #549
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Hi Everyone,
Its been awhile since I posted......I was off over Xmas and did a ton of decluttering. Well, now its winter break. I didn't get alot done over the weekend, but now have 4 days to get things done.

My big project.....dd's bedroom. I am really in a fix about this and don't know what to do. Some people say, let her have it how she wants, its her room. Others say, its your house, you can set some rules.

My issue...generally dd isn't bad. She's a good student, been accepted at 6 of the 7 schools she applied to (one we still haven't' heard), some with merit aide. She does an outside activity and is quite competitive and skilled. Most people love her. We have a rough relationship. and part of me doesn't want to fight over her room.

Well, I have been in there a couple times recently and it is horrible. Like hoarders horrible. Clothes everywhere, bags of trash not thrown away....I mean horrible.

I started today by running loads of laundry and I am going to ask her after school to go through clothes.

Just by getting rid of stuff (gift bags, etc), I have made a ton of headway. If it looked like this, I wouldn't hassle her.

But I am worried....going off to college and NO idea of how to keep her room somewhat decent.

How should I start? I want to do it in a non punitive way, so it becomes a positive life lesson and not a fight between her and I (in which case, nothing will be learned)

Obviously, given the fact I am on this thread, I'm not perfect, but what she has is scary.

HELP PLEASE!!!!

Thanks
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Have this issue--the boys will be headed to college in the fall and both of them have the "door closed--don't open" option. But when they were open lately, I saw inside. Yikes! So, we started a discussion about what they will be taking with them in the fall. Surprise! They have each begun their own decluttering and organizing. Fortunately/unfortunately we are moving out of this set of quaters within the 3 months so it is easy to set deadlines to set it aside.

DD15 has begun complaining that she can't find anything. My answer is of course, "clean your room" but that only starts a fight. So I gave her the task of bringing down clothes and I washed them. As she helped fold them she had to get rid of any stained, torn or doesn't fit clothes...plus those that belong to other people. I have a stack of clothes for other kids. I wonder if she has a stack like this out there too.

I have found that when I state my goals for my room/kitchen...to everyone, they start looking around and they pitch in on their end. So, maybe if you get your daughter to help you with a closet or something, she will go into her room and say to herself "I need to do something like this."

Keep us posted. But pick your battle.
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Loving this thread! Thanks to all for posting and inspiring!

I do have to say however .... And this is TOTALLY said in regards to ME not anyone else

When I read about the (tiny) amounts some are purging, I almost LOL Because we apparently have way more stuff and junk than others.
And I have alot of work still do do

So even THAT inspires me to get moving again!! Thanks, everyone!!!

Thankfully, for some of us, small purge amounts means that we have been at it a long time! I am in my third year. I purge every week, but it is now at the point that I may only make a goodwill run once every 3 weeks.
Then there are times when someone else in the house has decided to purge a large collection. For instance, this week my 22 year old son has decided to get rid of his entire Harry Potter collection! Huge for him!

I managed to finally conquer and slay the beast called paperwork! Yeah!! Now to deal with it as soon as it comes in the door, never to darken the depths of my closet, or kitchen, or desk again!
We are also purging (again) our game closet. We agreed last year to revisit the game situation at least once every 3 months..the goal is to get down to only 10 games and then a few card games...we are so close..

Baby steps....Way to go everyone! We will all win this battle of clutter one item at a time!
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Thankfully, for some of us, small purge amounts means that we have been at it a long time! I am in my third year. I purge every week, but it is now at the point that I may only make a goodwill run once every 3 weeks.
Then there are times when someone else in the house has decided to purge a large collection. For instance, this week my 22 year old son has decided to get rid of his entire Harry Potter collection! Huge for him!
Oh man, I would die! It might be counterproductive on my end, but you can tell him he can send it to me!
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Have this issue--the boys will be headed to college in the fall and both of them have the "door closed--don't open" option. But when they were open lately, I saw inside. Yikes!

DD15 has begun complaining that she can't find anything. My answer is of course, "clean your room" but that only starts a fight. So I gave her the task of bringing down clothes and I washed them. As she helped fold them she had to get rid of any stained, torn or doesn't fit clothes...plus those that belong to other people.
Having fairly recently done this myself (lived away from home for 4.5 years for college & moved back in with my parents January 2010), I have to admit my room still doesn't look very great at this very moment. I'm in the process of going through things, but with so much going on in life, it seems that projects start and then stop and I maybe return to them a week later.

I will say, however, as this has been my habit at home, when I moved away and had much smaller space to live in (shared a dorm room part of the time, had my own small bedroom in a shared apartment a few semesters), it was easier to take responsibility for my things. I couldn't take as much to school with me and in a space like that, it's easier to stay organized since, well, you kind of have to in order to function.

That's not to say that I didn't go a semester just sleeping on a mattress pad instead of putting sheets on my bed, but hey, priorities!

I think once this girl and guys have their 'own' space, it may help them to be proud of their things and realize that once every so often 'oh yeah I really should probably clean that up'... all else fails, they'll atleast have to clean so they can do laundry and have clean underwear, right?
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[QUOTE=missx0xdelaney;47565759]Oh man, I would die! It might be counterproductive on my end, but you can tell him he can send it to me! [/QUOTE


I figured someone out there would be yelling at their screen saying, "Nooooooo"---I rarely pass our stuff on to someone else anymore, I simply do not like adding to another persons clutter..

.But, this one has a bight side, we have a good friend who is a big Harry collector (I'm talking spending $$$$ for movie props) and she said years ago that if ever---well --if ever has arrive and it will go to her. She has one collection and it is Harry... so , yes we will indulge to enable her....
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I've been really hap-hazard about destashing. One thing from this room , one thing from another. Mostly because I don't have the time to focus on any one room at a time. As i get rid of one thing at a time - I keep telling myself it's progress. So I decided to try and concentrate on one room at a time and do a really good purge. I did my sons bedroom which has a large walkin closet, that we use mostly for storage since he doesnt need that much closet space and we have not basement or other place for storage. I am not quite done, but I hauled out 2 large garbage bags to the trash (I love that feeling when the bag gets carried out!) and it was a good accomplishment. I finished the walk in closet, but need to tackle the small closet he does use for his clothes and from the looks of it, he has been shoving just about everything else in there too. I need his help with this as I don't know what he still wants, but he has no problems parting with things (unlike me) so it should go well. It is already starting to look like a room again! There was so much stuff piled on chairs and just sort of forgotten. When I'm done I'm having hte room painted to really make it an inviting place. Then I will start on my room and walkin closet which will probably deservea thread of it's own it is so bad.
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Have this issue--the boys will be headed to college in the fall and both of them have the "door closed--don't open" option. But when they were open lately, I saw inside. Yikes! So, we started a discussion about what they will be taking with them in the fall. Surprise! They have each begun their own decluttering and organizing. Fortunately/unfortunately we are moving out of this set of quaters within the 3 months so it is easy to set deadlines to set it aside.

DD15 has begun complaining that she can't find anything. My answer is of course, "clean your room" but that only starts a fight. So I gave her the task of bringing down clothes and I washed them. As she helped fold them she had to get rid of any stained, torn or doesn't fit clothes...plus those that belong to other people. I have a stack of clothes for other kids. I wonder if she has a stack like this out there too.

I have found that when I state my goals for my room/kitchen...to everyone, they start looking around and they pitch in on their end. So, maybe if you get your daughter to help you with a closet or something, she will go into her room and say to herself "I need to do something like this."

Keep us posted. But pick your battle.
Thanks for the support!

I picked up dd from school and let her know I did her laundry. I also told her I organized her clothes a bit. Her radar went up, but everything stayed low key. When she got home, she was a bit perturbed, and I still kept it low key. I told her I was staging an intervention, because her room was like "Hoarders". That kind of threw her off, but I kept it funny and positive and no eruptions from her!!!!!!

She tried to tell me it was organized chaos and she knew where everything was, but there wasn't much enthusiasm in her voice.

So, I went through all her drawers, folded everything, hung up everything, made a new section for skirts and pants and jackets and bought new hangers and threw away trash and basically just sorted through stuff.

I turned her mattress, remade her bed put the shoes in the closet.

Now, this morning, she had her clothes from yesterday on the floor (grr) but she did make her bed! So I am going to focus on the positive with her.....how nice her bed looked this morning.

I am doing more decluttering in there as well.

I will say, I am going through "stuff" and "junk". Anything that looks like it might be personal-cards from her boyfriend, etc, I am not touching. She has a busy afternoon and evening today, but tomorrow I plan to have her start going through the clothes. I know there will be some to give away and some are just worn.

I know I will need a new plan after this week, when I'm back to work, on how to keep her going.

I am thinking I need a plan that I give her lots of support at first, so she can learn what its like to be in a nice organized room and want to be like that. I think she's spent so long in chaos, this does feel weird. And then start to keep it on her own.

Anyway, off to do a little more (and pick up my room as well!)

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