(Closed) Decluttering Overload

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Post # 17
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am totally with you on flylady!  I found her a week or two before Christmas, and I feel so much better about our house.  I know I’m supposed to do 15 minutes a day, but often I just do the routines in morning and night, the daily mission, and the decluttering 4-5 times a week.  But it is improving!  Also, have one of the charities scheduled to pick up stuff- that helps motivate me.

Post # 18
1543 posts
Bumble bee

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@Mrs. Bonnie Blue: My mother’s name is Melanie Tara, I kid you not. My grandmother was such a fan of the movie, she actually named my mother that. So, of course, Mom is a huge fan, collects all the memorabilia, and apparently the love of the movie is hereditary, ’cause I love it as well. We’ve named several family pets after characters in the movie, too!

Post # 19
3600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Ewww. I hate doing that. If I can’t fing something I have to fight the urge to just buy a new one.

Post # 21
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I read a great way to declutter a closet….I’m not sure if you could benefit from it or not but, here ya go:

Basicaly you organize all of your clothes from left to right, then, you could do this two ways…either everytime you wear something you put it back all the way to the right, or you could flip the piece of clothing around on the hanger when you put it back.  So, if your shirt is facing to the right, flip it to the left, etc.  This is just a visual way to show you exactly what you’re realistically wearing.  Once you’ve done this for a few weeks, you can feel better about getting rid of the clothes that you don’t wear whether it’s because they don’t fit or you don’t like them. 

Post # 22
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I need help with this too!  I’m so stressed.  I work on getting rid of stuff every day but I feel like it’ll never end.  I’ll be moving into my fiance’s house and he needs to get rid of lots of stuff too, but I’m more stressed about my stuff right now.  One thing that’s helping me is to realize I’m moving into a new life phase and I don’t need all my mementos from other eras (college, my single in the city years, etc…) Certain things represent past eras and I don’t have to keep every token from those times.  It is helping me since I can get a little sentimental. 

Post # 23
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I feel your pain… I am currently SO DISORGANIZED. I have two closets, and they are both overflowing. I have no space for stuff, because it isn’t organized. I spent last Wed-Saturday (evenings, then all day on Saturday) cleaning out one of my closets. I have two huge garbage bags for donations, and I had about 8 huge bags of GARBAGE. It’s crazy how much CRAP I would just throw in my closet, for lack of a better place to put it.

We are doing this in anticipation of a move in the next 6-8 months, so I have been using the “Do I want to pack this up and move it across town?” mentality. If I don’t think I’d want to pack it and take it to a new house, I throw it away or donate it.

The biggest problem I have is with OLD stuff. I have tons of old pictures and things like that. They aren’t things I necessarily use, but I don’t want to get rid of then. I think I just need to find a great way to organize those things so they aren’t such an eyesore or taking up too much space.

Post # 25
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did a big decluttering last fall in our garage and another one of the closet in January. We’ve both gained weight since the wedding and have a stack of “someday” clothes that we hid in the garage until we can try them again.

I’m anxious about moving this summer (hoping to buy a house) because I hate packing and if we get a bigger place I can just imagine that we’ll fill it with more crap.

Post # 26
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2006

My condo — or at least certain rooms of it! — is an absolute disaster.  Stuff everywhere, totally disorganized with paperwork, mementos (of which I keep very few, really), etc.  Our first baby is due in five weeks, and I really want to get everything organized before she arrives, but there is just no easy way to start with all of the regular tasks of laundry, dishes, bill-paying, etc.

I love when things are purged, but I always feel guilty during the purging process.  I wish someone would just break into my house and toss all of the many things I don’t need.

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