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« Reply #4050 on: November 24, 2016, 03:24:16 AM »
Another car load out today. A old push mower, books, cushions, various no longer used linen items,  and clothes. Just how did I mange to accumulate so much stuff.  Aiming for 1 load a month.
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« Reply #4051 on: November 25, 2016, 03:33:26 AM »
I don't know if this counts, as I haven't actually got rid of it... but I've downgraded it.

I was hanging up clean laundry when I noticed a series of holes in a bottom sheet. I gave it to DH straight away who needed a dust sheet for a messy job. So it's out of my linen cupboard, but still on the property. Felt good anyway, usually I'd hang onto it but not use it. No more!

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« Reply #4052 on: November 25, 2016, 06:43:14 AM »
I don't know if this counts, as I haven't actually got rid of it... but I've downgraded it.

I was hanging up clean laundry when I noticed a series of holes in a bottom sheet. I gave it to DH straight away who needed a dust sheet for a messy job. So it's out of my linen cupboard, but still on the property. Felt good anyway, usually I'd hang onto it but not use it. No more!

We used old sheets to rake up leaves - rake leaves into pile, rake onto sheet, gather up sheet, dump in woods, repeat.  Very efficient.  Reuse is the second R in the 3 Rs after all.
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« Reply #4053 on: November 25, 2016, 05:27:16 PM »
Loaded some stuff into the car and drove it to its new home. I'm finding the more I do this, the easier it is getting.

I still have a certain amount of weird guilt when it comes to getting rid of gifts I never liked. I keep asking myself, "Do I love this? Do I really LOVE this?" and a lot of times, the answer is NO.



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« Reply #4054 on: November 28, 2016, 08:20:50 AM »
Loaded some stuff into the car and drove it to its new home. I'm finding the more I do this, the easier it is getting.


So true, it's a virtuous cycle, you get rid of stuff, you see how good it (and the space it created) feels, you get rid of more stuff. It's really starting to have an effect on my husband as well now. He's getting so much better at letting things go having seen what a difference it made for me.

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« Reply #4055 on: November 28, 2016, 08:42:54 AM »
I have permission from DH to send Xmas tree to the recycle after this year. It's on its 11th year of service, and we will be doing LED next year (and going smaller with the size as well).  Less to store, less to put away.

The new trees plug into each other via the trunk, so I envision plastic wrapping each section upstairs, walking the sections from upstairs to the basement fully decorated but plastic wrapped, and then just hauling the tree sections up again the next year and unwrapping carefully. I have a friend that has done this for the past two years. Our current tree is too large to do this with, but a smaller tree will be able to do this.

In anticipation of this, I got rid of all the ornaments I didn't LOVE this year.  The tree is slightly barer than I would like, but I am holding out until next year.
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« Reply #4056 on: November 28, 2016, 12:11:49 PM »
As part of our 10-year plan, DH and I found a house out in the country we really like over the weekend.   This means we'll put our current home on the market.  The new house is smaller, but is on acreage.   I filled another box to be donated with an almost full set of DH's dishes from before we started living together, a random, unused water bottle, small plastic measuring cup, a coffee mug, a large, unopened bottle of apple juice leftover from our Halloween party and an unopened box of hot chocolate envelopes from last year for the food bank, and a few other random kitchen items.  Compared to our current location, the new kitchen has approx 4 less cupboards and no pantry.

And I'll give a never used, very nice Coleman thermos to someone for Christmas.  :)

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« Reply #4057 on: November 28, 2016, 05:28:31 PM »
Recycled a pile of old college term papers today. Donated some local history books to the library. And decided to bring a gift I got for Xmas last year to our office's annual Secret Santa.



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« Reply #4058 on: November 29, 2016, 03:53:54 PM »
More books are gone! and some cheap plastic containers went into the recycle bin.



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« Reply #4059 on: November 29, 2016, 05:09:54 PM »
I am trying to compress 6 file drawers into 4 (or fewer).  I am doing a lot of shredding.  I am at the car paperwork - I am keeping all my maintenance records, and of course registration, but insurance policies - I don't need them going back forever, do I?  Same with house insurance, I would assume this year's and last year's is enough?

(I'm in Canada, if that matters).
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« Reply #4060 on: November 29, 2016, 06:57:32 PM »
I am trying to compress 6 file drawers into 4 (or fewer).  I am doing a lot of shredding.  I am at the car paperwork - I am keeping all my maintenance records, and of course registration, but insurance policies - I don't need them going back forever, do I?  Same with house insurance, I would assume this year's and last year's is enough?

(I'm in Canada, if that matters).

I tend to keep a few years, so that sounds right about to me.

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« Reply #4061 on: November 29, 2016, 10:38:47 PM »
I keep the current one and digital copies of last two years

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« Reply #4062 on: November 30, 2016, 12:07:27 PM »
I never know what kind of papers to keep. Is there a good guide to that somewhere?

Like, how long do you keep credit card bills after they're paid.

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« Reply #4063 on: November 30, 2016, 01:10:33 PM »
Collected items to take to children's resale shop:
 
* Huge bag of 0-3 baby clothes.
* Smaller bag of 3yo clothes.
* This year's Halloween costumes
* Collection of gifted new "lovies"
* Train sets (2)

Pulled out two diaper bags we were gifted to try to resell on eBay.
Pulled out a never-worn (how did I miss it!) Janie & Jack newborn outfit to try to resell on eBay.
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« Reply #4064 on: November 30, 2016, 01:42:09 PM »
Like, how long do you keep credit card bills after they're paid.


Get enrolled in online billing. Then my answer is never.

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« Reply #4065 on: November 30, 2016, 03:24:05 PM »
I do pay all my bills online, but I feel better having them mailed to my house. Usually I try to shred them after a year goes by. So maybe that's what I ought to aim for.

Like, how long do you keep credit card bills after they're paid.


Get enrolled in online billing. Then my answer is never.



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« Reply #4066 on: December 02, 2016, 02:17:17 AM »
I do pay all my bills online, but I feel better having them mailed to my house. Usually I try to shred them after a year goes by. So maybe that's what I ought to aim for.


What makes you feel better about having them mailed to the house? Security-wise I would think this is riskier as people can get into your mail (and the copies are already in your email presumably, so it's just another point of weakness). Or am I missing something?

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« Reply #4067 on: December 02, 2016, 04:46:52 AM »
I do pay all my bills online, but I feel better having them mailed to my house. Usually I try to shred them after a year goes by. So maybe that's what I ought to aim for.


What makes you feel better about having them mailed to the house? Security-wise I would think this is riskier as people can get into your mail (and the copies are already in your email presumably, so it's just another point of weakness). Or am I missing something?
Even if you have copies mailed to you, your statements are available on line, I believe.  Log in and check how far back they go.  And then shred the paper ones. 



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« Reply #4068 on: December 02, 2016, 11:46:24 AM »
+1 for e-statements

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« Reply #4069 on: December 02, 2016, 04:40:24 PM »
After reading a large part of this thread, I'm finally posting to it.

I've been trying to downsize our crap for a while. Our last house was ~1700 sq ft, but when we moved to our current house, we bought a bigger one (what were we thinking?), so our house is now closer to 2100 sq ft. Every where I look there is just so much stuff on every surface. I came to this conclusion about 6 months ago, and I've been doing my best to declutter every since. I think I've taken somewhere around six full SUV loads worth of stuff to Goodwill, with plenty more to go.

Some stuff is easier for me (I'm not a sentimental person, so old birthday cards and school projects from elementary school went straight into the trash). Other stuff, usually hobby related, is harder. I'm working on it. I'm trying to work around to selling a bunch of old photography gear on Ebay, but I haven't gotten very far. To date, I have taken inventory of all the stuff I don't use (it was three pages long) and plan to try to price everything out before I attempt to sell it.

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« Reply #4070 on: December 04, 2016, 05:41:55 AM »
Just ditched 2 broken photo frames and rearranged our charging station for tablet & phones. Found the keys for the windows in the process, lucky I found them before summer really hit!

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« Reply #4071 on: December 04, 2016, 05:46:38 AM »
Today I gave away all my religious Christmas decorations, some Easter decorations, two lamps and a knickknack. Woot! I love my Buy Nothing group.

Anytime I think I've got rid of the last knickknack, I find another one...

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« Reply #4072 on: December 04, 2016, 07:12:45 AM »
Anytime I think I've got rid of the last knickknack, I find another one...
 
They have a hidden breeding ground, and the young and reckless venture out into the house where you can find them.

I figured this out when I kept finding more things after I knew I had purged - I think they found where the hangers breed and settled next to them.
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« Reply #4073 on: December 04, 2016, 07:25:36 AM »
Anytime I think I've got rid of the last knickknack, I find another one...
 
They have a hidden breeding ground, and the young and reckless venture out into the house where you can find them.

I figured this out when I kept finding more things after I knew I had purged - I think they found where the hangers breed and settled next to them.

I may have to move. My hangars must keep relocating somewhere else; I have to keep restocking them, even as I have fewer clothes each year.
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« Reply #4074 on: December 04, 2016, 08:27:55 AM »
I found a stack of Natural History magazines from 2000 and I dropped them off at my kids' piano teacher, who took them gladly. His waiting room needs some "new" material. I have to admit I do have a problem if I can't just throw away 16 year old magazines!

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« Reply #4075 on: December 04, 2016, 10:51:23 AM »
Decided I had way too many under t-shirts going.  Took an inventory and cut it down to about to about half of what it was.  Cut up the old ones for rags.

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« Reply #4076 on: December 04, 2016, 12:13:14 PM »
Jumping in again. Shredded some papers over the weekend, and recycled some others. I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was holding on to some of them.

I'm going to look into the e-statements thing. I've already done it with two bank accounts. Thanks for being the voice of logic!



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« Reply #4077 on: December 04, 2016, 02:34:39 PM »
I took some stuff to SVDP today!

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« Reply #4078 on: December 04, 2016, 05:43:46 PM »
I've started another round of the Minimalist Game.

More than 20 things gone on the weekend.

One camera bag will sell on eBay this week, that's a big thing to have out of the house. Still have a few things to list.

I need to join a Buy Nothing group so I can flood them with donations.

And I've contacted our building manager to ask about council clean-up in December or January.

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« Reply #4079 on: December 04, 2016, 06:09:08 PM »
I need to join a Buy Nothing group so I can flood them with donations.

There's also freecycle, which I think is more active in some areas. Freecycle wasn't user friendly enough for me; my local Buy Nothing group is run as a facebook page and thus is super easy.

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« Reply #4080 on: December 04, 2016, 10:11:13 PM »
Put a stack of Sesame Street books in our Little Free Library, and since someone recently added a free shirt, I put out two onesies we were sent as part of a freebie kit. They are already too small for my 3mo but someone with a newborn would appreciate them.

Also packed a bag of "easy reader" books to donate to my son's school. I have started volunteering at my son's school and while most of the kids in his one-room schoolhouse are reading very well, there are two younger kids who are struggling and I think part of the problem is lack of quality reading material at their level (past Bob books but before denser chapter books).

Also posted some newborn cloth diapers for sale on eBay. Wish me luck.
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« Reply #4081 on: December 05, 2016, 06:09:07 AM »
I don't know if this counts, as I haven't actually got rid of it... but I've downgraded it.

I was hanging up clean laundry when I noticed a series of holes in a bottom sheet. I gave it to DH straight away who needed a dust sheet for a messy job. So it's out of my linen cupboard, but still on the property. Felt good anyway, usually I'd hang onto it but not use it. No more!

We used old sheets to rake up leaves - rake leaves into pile, rake onto sheet, gather up sheet, dump in woods, repeat.  Very efficient.  Reuse is the second R in the 3 Rs after all.

This is genius! Going to try this next time.

This thread inspired me to clean out 2 filing cabinets yesterday. I got rid of a few pounds of papers and old journal articles I will never read again.

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« Reply #4082 on: December 05, 2016, 07:42:48 AM »
Shredded a big bag of paper this morning - some old CC and bank statements and a whole bunch of receipts and random things.

Other than that, I haven't really done any other decluttering recently.  I'm focused on using up things I have and taking a break until I know when I'm moving and what I'm taking with me and what I need to get rid of.



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« Reply #4083 on: December 05, 2016, 11:50:49 AM »
More books to donate to the local library, plus some old papers. My, I do seem to like to collect papers.

I found some printouts from a web page design course I took online in 2009. Surely the stuff must be outdated by now! Into the recycle bin it goes.



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« Reply #4084 on: December 05, 2016, 06:39:23 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

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« Reply #4085 on: December 05, 2016, 06:59:57 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

If it's monogrammed using thread, you may be able to unpick the thread.

And this is why I don't do monogramming.

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« Reply #4086 on: December 05, 2016, 10:12:54 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

What is the blanket made from? Could you cut off the monogrammed section and run a new seam, then give it away?

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« Reply #4087 on: December 05, 2016, 11:30:05 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

Maybe donate it to a local dog/cat shelter? I assure you that a dog couldn't care less about your names and wedding date as long as he gets a soft blanket :)


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« Reply #4088 on: December 06, 2016, 10:33:04 AM »
One of the things I love about my cohousing community is "Free Sunday."

One Sunday a month, we set up tables and people drop stuff off they want to get rid of and take anything they want. The next day, the organizer takes a bunch to donate and leaves anything he can't donate. We're supposed to go by and take back anything of ours that got left behind. I get a weird sense of satisfaction when I don't have to take back anything. It's also helpful because it's every month so I pile stuff up and then take it over. So convenient.

This weekend, I moved on a bunch of cleaning supplies the previous resident left, some outdoor lights and office supplies. Every little bit helps.

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« Reply #4089 on: December 06, 2016, 10:39:23 AM »
Couldn't possibly have read through the entire thread, but enjoy the concepts discussed. On my decluttering efforts, I have found a couple truths:

1. Settling (dealing with) the physical contents of an estate instills a desire to declutter. Things just aren't as valuable as your time.

2. My two sons want to play with everything that goes into the donate/throw away pile, which in turn puts most things into the throw away pile. I only hope my DS does not develop some hoarding tendencies as we get rid of so much unnecessary stuff.

3. Americans have absurd abundance.

And then I ask myself and DW, how do we become less wasteful and more efficient with space, time, and future purchases?

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« Reply #4090 on: December 06, 2016, 01:21:08 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).

My little nephews are very excited about Christmas, and they're also at an age where they love receiving mail. I have a few stray blank cards leftover from previous years, all in different designs, so I'm sending a few to my nephews. A countdown to Christmas and a little message about some of the the things we will do when I visit (Nerf wars? Oh yes!)

So that declutters the card box.

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« Reply #4091 on: December 06, 2016, 02:01:01 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

My MIL made us a horribly tacky non-functional wedding "thing" (it was not large enough to call it a blanket, had tons of ugly badly done embroidery and little tassels and trinkets sewn all over it). She'd put our names and marriage date in the center. I got a small pair of nail scissors and cut all the name stuff off and donated it as the fabric might have been useful to someone that sews.

As long as it doesn't have your images on it or phone/address... remove whatever personalization if you can and donate, if you can't then donate it to a thrift shop that isn't in your friend/family member's area. That's what we do anyway. ;)



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« Reply #4092 on: December 06, 2016, 02:04:10 PM »
Jumping in again. Shredded some papers over the weekend, and recycled some others. I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was holding on to some of them.

I'm going to look into the e-statements thing. I've already done it with two bank accounts. Thanks for being the voice of logic!

I used to be really spooked at the idea of e-statements and not having a paper trail. But then I did start doing all of online and the forms, statements and everything possible is neatly organized in my online accounts for each bank/utility/whatever. I'm now actually annoyed that my water district still hasn't made the jump to all for e-billing now! It is soooo much nicer to just have them email you your bill and then pop online and pay it and you can even set up reminders and alerts and schedule payments weeks in advance. You'll wonder why you didn't try it sooner. :)
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« Reply #4093 on: December 06, 2016, 02:22:33 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).

My little nephews are very excited about Christmas, and they're also at an age where they love receiving mail. I have a few stray blank cards leftover from previous years, all in different designs, so I'm sending a few to my nephews. A countdown to Christmas and a little message about some of the the things we will do when I visit (Nerf wars? Oh yes!)

So that declutters the card box.

Just did cards for a niece and nephew myself :-) except they live in my 'hood, so I just walked over and popped the cards in their postbox.

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« Reply #4094 on: December 06, 2016, 02:53:23 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).


Getting rid of the guilt ridden things people had given me really opened up my eyes to how I give things!  Most of the time it doesn't need to be stated but there have been a few times I made sure to tell family members that they only needed to keep my gift as long as they enjoyed it.  I will not be hurt when they let it go. 

Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4095 on: December 06, 2016, 04:12:11 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).


Getting rid of the guilt ridden things people had given me really opened up my eyes to how I give things!  Most of the time it doesn't need to be stated but there have been a few times I made sure to tell family members that they only needed to keep my gift as long as they enjoyed it.  I will not be hurt when they let it go. 

Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)
As I consider gifts and Christmas this year, I'm finding myself leaning strongly towards Christmas cards instead of gifts because I can make a nice card, write a note about our year and good wishes for them in it, and they can throw it out when Xmas is over! Of course I'd have trouble getting rid of cards if I received them, but shhh.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4096 on: December 07, 2016, 03:21:53 AM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).


Getting rid of the guilt ridden things people had given me really opened up my eyes to how I give things!  Most of the time it doesn't need to be stated but there have been a few times I made sure to tell family members that they only needed to keep my gift as long as they enjoyed it.  I will not be hurt when they let it go. 

Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)

Absolutely.

And I try to keep the reverse in mind when triaging my own mail.

Do I expect people to keep every piece of mail I send them? No, and I would think it absurd if the did.
So I shouldn't feel compelled to keep everything I receive.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4097 on: December 07, 2016, 02:26:04 PM »
Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)

All of which I believe.  But I also kept all the cards my grandmother sent me that had more than just to & from written.  Now that she is gone, it's important to me to have them - the tangible evidence of the effort and care she put into keeping the relationship alive even though we lived in different countries and saw eachother once a year.  She always found the perfect card from Hallmark - like "to my granddaughter and her husband on their first anniversary".  When she passed away, they found on her kitchen table the cards for the next several months already purchased and in a card holder as to what month they'd be needed.

When they were going through my _other_ grandmother's papers, they found letters I had written to her, with her notes in the margin of when they arrived, little commentaries (written by her, or later by my aunt who read the letters to her).  Since she never replied directly, it was very important to me to get those back.

In other words - to everyone else, this is clutter and I should just take photos to remind myself of the memories.  But they fit into a small box, and I'm keeping them.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4098 on: December 07, 2016, 02:49:43 PM »
Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)

All of which I believe.  But I also kept all the cards my grandmother sent me that had more than just to & from written.  Now that she is gone, it's important to me to have them - the tangible evidence of the effort and care she put into keeping the relationship alive even though we lived in different countries and saw eachother once a year.  She always found the perfect card from Hallmark - like "to my granddaughter and her husband on their first anniversary".  When she passed away, they found on her kitchen table the cards for the next several months already purchased and in a card holder as to what month they'd be needed.

When they were going through my _other_ grandmother's papers, they found letters I had written to her, with her notes in the margin of when they arrived, little commentaries (written by her, or later by my aunt who read the letters to her).  Since she never replied directly, it was very important to me to get those back.

In other words - to everyone else, this is clutter and I should just take photos to remind myself of the memories.  But they fit into a small box, and I'm keeping them.

I understand. 

Personal belongings are so... personal.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4099 on: December 07, 2016, 03:52:54 PM »
Wow, 80 odd pages of decluttering, that makes me so happy! I love getting rid of stuff!

I'm joining in - for December I'm going to declutter old Xmas cards bought but never sent by actually sending them. I'm just not into Xmas but I really need to restablish contact with heaps of rellies on the other side of the world that I never see. By making it a Decluttering objective it gives me the incentive I need. It sounds awful, I do actually like these people, I just forget to keep in touch.