Post # 1
Our home is TINY and all our extra stuff that I’ve been dragging around with us from move to move and only using on occasion, if at all, is driving me insane!
It’s all stuff I think “Ill need this or use this when we have a bigger house” then we end up moving, it doens’t fit with the space and it goes into hiding until the next year when we move. I’ve finally come to the realization that I’m never going to use this stuff because I don’t like it and I just bought it because it was on sale at goodwill.
My husband and I are buying a house and I DONT want to take all this stuff to the new house just so it can sit in the garage.
If we need to buy new stuff, we need to buy new stuff.
What do you think?
Post # 3
Get rid of it!! You’ll likely never use it!!
Post # 4
Sell it! Unloading all that stuff will be extremely gratifying.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I’m a packrat so I’m hesitant to recommend a blanket “ditch it!” approach. We brought a lot of crap to our new house, and as we unpacked we had some designated “garage sale” boxes. If they don’t sell at the sale in a few months, it’s going to Goodwill. 🙂
Edit: If your move is still at least a couple weeks away and some of the “stuff” is furniture I’d recommend listing the stuff for cheap on Craigslist! I got $100 for my wedding arch and $50+ for other furniture we no longer wanted.
Post # 6
DH and I just went from a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath down to a 1 bedroom 1 bath..OUCH… and let me tell you I got rid of a TON. I had a garage sale and whatever wasn’t sold went straight to Goodwill.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Read this blog and/or get the book….. then DONATE IT!!!
Post # 8
I try to pare down every time we move, and if we’re staying somewhere for awhile, at least once a year. My two questions are:
1) Have I used it in the last 6 months?
2) Does it have special sentimental value?
If I can’t answer yes to either, it goes.
Post # 9
I donated a lot of stuff when H and I moved into our new house. If you don’t think you will need it or use it, then donate it. It will also save on the time it takes you to move. We donated some furniture which I was happy for because I did not have to move it 🙂
Post # 10
If you don’t want it anymore, sell it! Or donate it! And then be extra picky when you shop for new things….make sure you’ll actually the need them before you buy:)
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@mrshoneybee: Downsizing was the best decision I ever made. Every time I move I downsize more and I don’t miss all of the crap I used to move from place to place. It’s depressing when you realize how much stuff you accumulate and then never use but keep because “you just might need it someday.” I am much happier and my home is much less cluttered since I started tossing the useless and unused junk. My rule of thumb is if I haven’t used the item in over a year and I don’t realistically plan to use it in the next month, it needs to go.
Post # 12
Get rid of it. I did the same thing when we bought our house, I brought all of this stuff and as we were unpacking I just decided it was stupid to have brought it. My thought was the first month we lived there if there were things we just genuinely hadn’t touched or had a need for (within reason) it was going to Goodwill and we’d buy new when we needed it, and so we did. And it was a great decision. 🙂
Post # 14
Sell as much as you can on Craigslist, donate the rest. You DON’T need it, and it will only clutter up your life!
Post # 15
Get rid of it! If you don’t love it or don’t use it then don’t even bother lugging it around and storing it. Chances are if you need something similar in the future you’ll want something that you like better, anyway!