Post # 1
I’m moving in a few weeks, and am in the process of packing all my things. As hard as I try to be organized, I kind of have…hoarder tendencies 🙁 I can be overly sentimental and I hang on to things long after I don’t need them. I was hoping to get advice from the types of people who I really envy–super organized and practical bees 🙂 In particular, I would like to know what people do with things like invitations, birthday cards, and other correspondance with loved ones. These are the types of things that I have trouble throwing out, although they clearly no longer serve a purpose. What do all of you do? Thank you so much for your advice!
Post # 3
my general rule is if they are over 1 year old, throw them. Feel free to keep 1 or 2 but the rest go. Same as clothes & things. If they haven’t been used in over a year, toss it or send it to a charity. I clean out each of my cupboards (storage, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc) twice a year, winter & summer. It takes like 2 days a year which is not much in the scheme of things. Happy Moving!
PS: do you ‘hoard’ clothes too by any chance? My sister does this and has items that are 15+ years old!
Post # 4
That is great advice! Thank you so much. Sadly, I do hoard clothes. Last weekend, I went through everything and filled three large bags with items to give/throw away (depending on their condition). I was pretty horrified to find things that I’ve had since high school. I graduated 11 years ago
Post # 5
Throw them away. You HAVE to learn to separate yourself from the junk.
Honestly, you’re going to have to get over it. My mother had hoarder tendencies, and I really started going down that path. When I moved out of her house, I only took what I needed, and started a cycle of throwing stuff out either right away, or every time I moved. I totally get it–you think, “What if I need that some day?” but you don’t, and you never will. If you have to say that, get rid of it.
I keep a running pile of things to take to Goodwill that I drop off periodically. Any paperwork I get (like anything to do with our cars, doctor stuff, SS cards, birth certificates, etc.) goes into a labeled folder in a file tote.
Anything else gets thrown out. You don’t need it, you’ll never look at it, and it’s just junk.
Post # 6
My sis does the exact same thing. i think she somehow attaches a memory with things she wore at certain times in our lives. She’s even kept some of my clothes too. She’s in the process of moving and I helped her and her amount of clothing is phenomenal. I’ve moved a lot though, so have learned not to accumulate as much. Perhaps, with the clothes, say you do the year thing, but for every bag that goes, you can keep 1 or 2 sentimental items…?
Post # 7
You ladies are right. I definitely make up excuses to hang on to things and I need to force myself to be honest with myself. @KellyLouise, I definitely share the hyper-sentimental trait with your sis! I really want to get over it before Fiance and I move in together in January. If I don’t, the chances of us arguing over this are probably about 100%…
Post # 8
Something I have started (totally off pinterest) is going through your closet and getting rid of anything you KNOW you haven’t worn in a year. Then turn all the hangers backwards. When you wear something it goes back in hangers right way. After six months get ridof stuff that is still on a backwards hanger. Only exceptions I have are things that are seasonal like winter coats because while I don’t wear them often when I need them I need them! Purging clothes makes a huge difference. I got rid of 2 huge laundry baskets full of clothes and Darling Husband has one full too. It’s especially an issue with things that areb no longer the right size. I had clothes that just didn’t fit anymore and me keeping them in my closet didn’t mean they ever were. If I get to be that size again I will reward myself with new clothes!!
Post # 9
I literally throw things away without giving them a second thought. I only keep cards my husband gave me. The rest get thrown out after a year. Clothes that don’t get worn that season go to the Salvation Army.