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post #31 of 50
my old clothes I gained weight in the past 3 years and now that I'm taking charge of my situation, I can't fit in my clothes anymore (they fall off) but I don't have anything else! Drat it!
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
I am a reformed pack rat. And that means, I no longer keep stuff, but I am still in the process of throwing it all away. We're getting a dumpster tomorrow, and I should be able to fill that in short order.

I was cured by having to help my Dad clear out his house, so he could move to a condo. After my mother passed away, we started, and filled three dumpsters in about three months. That took care of about 4 tons of stuff. Then we took about 16 big garbage bags of clothes to donate to charity. And probably about 1000 books to a used book store. An entire car load of magazines to recycling. 4 huge garbage bags of yarn donated to a church group who knit stuff for overseas missions. And we still needed another dumpster, two trucks from 1-800-got-junk and a full truckload of stuff went off to St. Vincent de Paul. And still, after he moved, he has more to dispose of. He called me the other day, he went through his closet, and pulled out 21 cotton dress shirts that he doesn't need. Leaving him with at least 2 dozen still hanging in the closet.

There just isn't any reason to keep all that stuff. I have complete sets of dishes I am giving to people who have just started out in life. I have clothes and household goods for charity. I am throwing away the old, mismatched stoneware mugs, that are cracked and chipped. The memory is still there, and the mug is just clutter. I am tossing the dried flower arrangements - I can get new, fresh, not dusty ones to replace them if I ever want to.

It's an illness, not being able to let go of stuff. And what on earth will I ever do with all of this. I can't wait for the dumpster.
The more stuff you have, the more difficult it is. I think it would be harder not to be a pack rat if I hadn't learned earlier in life. I learned from a boss who could make very quick decisions when I was helping him clean out a warehouse at a compressor station. I found it inspiring how quick he could make up his mind and if the company could do without the things we got rid of, I could surely be as effective at home. I still have a few things I collect, but they are few and I feel less burden because of it.
post #33 of 50
My mother is a serious hoarder - you literally cannot see the bedroom floor because of the crap that is there. My poor dad hates it and gets embarrassed - thats why the door is always shut. She always says "you never know when you will need it" which is very bad, she brings home baby clothes from her friends in case some one needs them but theres no baby in the house and nor will be for a very long time. I hate looking at all the clutter that they have. I hate clutter. I really do. It makes me all tense and I just feel very dirty.

As for myself, I don't hang onto things, I try my best not to hold onto stuff for so called sentimental value. Photos are good enough. Besides, memories are good enough for me!
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
My mother is a serious hoarder - you literally cannot see the bedroom floor because of the crap that is there. My poor dad hates it and gets embarrassed - thats why the door is always shut. She always says "you never know when you will need it" which is very bad, she brings home baby clothes from her friends in case some one needs them but theres no baby in the house and nor will be for a very long time. I hate looking at all the clutter that they have. I hate clutter. I really do. It makes me all tense and I just feel very dirty.

As for myself, I don't hang onto things, I try my best not to hold onto stuff for so called sentimental value. Photos are good enough. Besides, memories are good enough for me!
Yeah, photos are hard to get rid of. Thankfully, I have very few. Do you have a hard time parting with video games Kellye? That's one of the only hobbies I allow myself to collect in. I actually revisit old games though.
post #35 of 50
I just moved to NC from NY. Because of the small amount of trailor space I threw away so much. Now I say "Didn't I have that? Oh I threw it away." crap.
post #36 of 50
Hrmn.... I dont' think I threw these out, but they are certainly missing.... but they're two black and white portraits of my father and my brother that I did when I was in high school. I have a sneaky suspicion they're still there, because I heard that they're being used in demos for younger classes now. My art teacher was so impress with the fact that an 11 year old could make portraits look like black and white photos that she certainly kept them while I was in school..... that was 12 years ago now, but I do miss having them.
post #37 of 50
I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all of my old clothes from the 70"s-80's, because it seems to be the style again, and my daughter could wear them now, instead of me buying them all over again for her.
post #38 of 50
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
Yeah, photos are hard to get rid of. Thankfully, I have very few. Do you have a hard time parting with video games Kellye? That's one of the only hobbies I allow myself to collect in. I actually revisit old games though.
Ryan - video games are not cheap! Of course I keep them Gotta do somehting with myself during moments of boredom
post #39 of 50
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Originally Posted by Purr
I used to do that too! Wow! I also used to...I can't believe I'm admitting this...I used to sit really softly and step really softly so I didn't hurt the floor/furniture. I told my aunt once that I feel sorry for things that I know aren't alive and she got really serious and asked me if they talk to me too. I think that's when I stopped feeling that that way as much.
HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAA
post #40 of 50
I gave my cousin the Joan & David shoes I bought for $140 (after I had worn them for only a year) - the shoes were like modernized Mary Jane's and went with absolutely everything! I still miss them. *sniff* That was about 4 years ago.... (I love shoes, by the way.)
post #41 of 50
I regret having sold all of my oldest son's outgrown clothes. I don't know WHAT I was thinking but it didn't even occur to me to keep his very first outfit that he wore home from the hospital, his first pair of Nike's, etc. I sure wish I had those for keepsakes now.
post #42 of 50
Photos are SOOOOO hard to get rid of! Of course I had a really easy time of getting rid of the ones of my ex.... but that was it. They breed worse than wire coathangers. And babyclothes. I did keep Alex's very first pair of shoes (mum has them put away safe now) and his tiny socks from when he came home from hospital. Good grief what clodhoppers he's got for feet now though!
post #43 of 50
I throw everything away! When we moved here to this house ten years ago it was full. Over the years we got rid of lots of old stuff and its so much easier to keep house without so much stuff. I am in the process of throwing stuff out now, we are moving in December and I realized the other day we arent going to have much to put in the new house. I really hate clutter so its easy for me to get rid of things.
post #44 of 50
I hate clutter too. I regret giving my ex boyfriend this really cool Exit sign though!
post #45 of 50
an iron candel'abara, had it for 26 yrs. Put it to the garbage, now mom wants it back
post #46 of 50
Am I the only one who can have a piece of string for years getting tangled in a draw, only to have a good clear out and throw it away, only to need a piece of string just a few days later and wish I'd not thrown it out?

It's not always just string, this is an example, it's happened a few times, with a blob of Blue Tak or old labels or ......... well i could go on. but you get the picture.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Oz'sMum
Am I the only one who can have a piece of string for years getting tangled in a draw, only to have a good clear out and throw it away, only to need a piece of string just a few days later and wish I'd not thrown it out?

It's not always just string, this is an example, it's happened a few times, with a blob of Blue Tak or old labels or ......... well i could go on. but you get the picture.
Oh YES!!! That's why I always like to save everything! And then when I get sick of all the clutter, inevitably I need the very thing I just threw away! What is that, Murphy's law?
post #48 of 50
Hmm. I don't throw out much but I do kinda miss that guy who waited on me hand and foot. I don't think hubby would want him as a maid though....
post #49 of 50
Years ago, I threw away a bunch of old letters from old friends, boyfriends, etc...I wish I would have kept them because I'm a big memory freak. It's fun to sit down occasionally and reminisce.
post #50 of 50
I have a difficult time parting with things, which is why I have a friend coming over to help me out for the next couple of evenings in preparation for my move next week. She's an AMAZING friend!
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