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    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    I phoned Dad about Mom's knick knacks. He doesn't want anything to do with them. He suggested I talk to my siblings. I told him 'no'. Last time I did that I got an earful from my DSIS#2 who insisted she wanted nothing to do with Mom's stuff, and it was all my stuff now... 'Nuf said.
    Peanut - I'll trade you your DSIS#2 for my one sister-in-law. Or maybe we could put them in a room together and see which one survives!

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    Dumped a bunch more old food. Some of the noodles had long dead residents in the jar. I had DH take 2 huge garbage bags of recycles out to the trash yesterday.
    Cats wrecked a fur outfitted santa and I tossed him.
    Got another big bag of recycles and should have another by Sun.
    DH continues to "clean" his office but I havent seen anything leave so we'll see.
    Going to turn the pop bottles in today when i shop.

    DD stole my plastic coffee cans for yarn.

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    This weekend, I hope to purge my closet.
    I did this in the middle of last summer, but I think it is time to do it again. I haven't done the trick where you turn your hangers backward, because I already know what I'm not wearing. I need to just get rid of it. I'm never going to be the size I was before having four kids. Time to accept that and move on with my closet!
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    No bites on the knick knacks yet. That's okay. I did price high. Might find them more salable about Mother's Day.

    Not sure I'll be doing any de-cluttering today. Too much else to catch up on. Have a great day everyone!

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    I've been going through old files and binders today and getting rid of a lot of paper. It's not the most thrilling job, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyBoz View Post
    This weekend, I hope to purge my closet.
    I did this in the middle of last summer, but I think it is time to do it again. I haven't done the trick where you turn your hangers backward, because I already know what I'm not wearing. I need to just get rid of it. I'm never going to be the size I was before having four kids. Time to accept that and move on with my closet!
    AmyBoz, I am still doing the hangers-backwards trick, since we came home from our holiday last October. I'm reduced to only summer items now . . . wearing several thin things under woollen knits is the only way to get use out of these items at this season. But there's NO WAY I can get wear out of cotton skirts, in January, in northern England.

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    I'm currently doing the hangers backwards trick. But we have a four season climate, so I'll have to wait till Christmas 2016 to see what to toss.

    Today I was motivated by Peter Walsh's YouTube videos again. I de-cluttered footwear, socks, and undies. I also de-cluttered a bookcase and re-arranged books on it. Which resulted in a domino effect...I moved books from the living room to the hallway bookcases. Means I'll have to sort out the basket I pulled them from in the living room.

    Honestly though, I don't think the bookcase looks any better for organizing it. It's a bit more interesting to the eye, but it's still loaded with books! Part of me is saying "well that's what a bookcase is for!" and another part of me is whining about how my bookcases never look like those in the home decorating shows. You know...the bookcases without books?

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    Went through my closet and dresser took out a trash bag full of stuff that either doesn't fit or was not being wore.
    Had a few boxes of stuff sitting in the corner in the basement loaded up the car and took to SA. Glad the SA is about only a mile from home. Glad that is out of here.

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    Home decorating magazines and shows depict houses people don't actually live in. So much of the time the things they show just aren't practical, but they're not intended to be. It's more like an art exhibit than a real home.

    I filled a box for GW. I don't know if Husby put it in the truck or not. I'm letting go of a vintage stacked steamer I've always thought I'd love but I've never used after at least ten years, so why keep it any longer? I need the space in the pantry to put my big cast iron camp Dutch oven, because I think it'll be used a lot on the new stove since I will have a big oval middle burner that'll work great with big cookware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Deer View Post
    Home decorating magazines and shows depict houses people don't actually live in. So much of the time the things they show just aren't practical, but they're not intended to be. It's more like an art exhibit than a real home.
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    Over the last six months, we've been viewing houses for sale, here in the (economically depressed) north-east of England and I was just ASTONISHED to have people show us round their homes that were absolutely like magazine features! Of all the homes we viewed - and I've lost count of how many there were - only two were obviously homes that were lived in. I know people want to market their homes and they make an effort to tidy up before people come to view but nevertheless I did not know people lived like this!!! Nothing out of place: no cupboards stuffed full of stuff they were hiding: sitting rooms that no-one could ever possibly spend relaxing time in. Kitchens like out of a manufacturer's advertising brochure . . . Sigh . . .

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    I've not been here to claim great success decluttering, these past few days, as most of it has been just clearing out paperwork (and recycling and shredding it): necessary, if not impressive.

    But today I wrapped carefully another of the antique vases that my stepfather left me (if you see my earlier picture, it's the tall one, in the middle at the very top) and it's going to the charity-society specialist dealer, as soon as I can.

    It might count that I helped MyLovelyMan to pack up more of the "treasures" that they've cleared out from their late mother's house, and they have GONE!

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    Realtors here advise sellers to empty out closets and cabinets so they look bigger when people come to see their houses. It's not reality. Reality lives in storage facilities till the houses are sold. There's a reason it's called "staging." I see the same thing you're talking about online when we look at houses. Although I don't see the closets and cabinets, of course. If I see a cluttered house online, I assume it's a rental. Renters don't care how well a house shows.

    I've been putting some things in the GW box. Not really actively purging, just shoving stuff in as I run across things I know we don't want.

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    I did the rest of the bookcases in the same fashion as the first for two reasons:

    1) I'm getting more books in the bookcases this way, and

    2) I'm able to keep all books in one subject together easier, rather than splitting them across shelves according to height.

    I spent time de-cluttering my purse the other day too.

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    Sold a deep fryer that has been sitting for a few years.
    Started another donate box. Put 3 puzzles and some Radom vases that have been hanging around for awhile in it.

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    Toffeekit - Don't forget to take a picture of the treasures you part with. I have gotten rid of alot of things that I still want to remember so now I can just flip thru an album.

    I am slowly filling a bag for the thrift. I got 2 new bathroom rugs. Washed the old ones and will add them to the thrift bag. I also added a purse I never use.

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