Why is it so hard to get rid of stuff?

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
October 20, 2007 1:35am CST
My house has become cluttered. Half of my stuff (as I call it) is still in boxes..So, why am I keeping it?..... I have things in the basement that I know if anyone stole any of it, I wouldn't miss it.....LOL..... My office becomes the hide-away place for everything..Now it looks like a torado went through it.... I have a mind to just get a huge dumpster and throw it all away....but I won't.....LOL..... What do you do when your stuff takes over?
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
20 Oct 07
i have an idea that i am a very sentimental person.. aw really, i am! LOL i just cant seem to throw some old stuff. there are just to many memories attached with it. and i cant throw memories away, whether its sad or happy memories. when i sort my things out, like cleaning up, and i see these things, i remember things from the past and it just give me a smile, whether it be a stupid thing i have done, or a sad thing that happened to me, or a very happy memory with friends, everything. ^__^ but there are really times when i finally decide to throw some things out. those are the things that are really worn out from being stored, like the candy wrappers where my niece used to buy and she'd give the wrapper to me because she knows that the anime figure printed on it is my favorite. LOL i wasnt able to check it for a long time and when i finally did, there were a lot of ants and they have made the box as their house. ^__^;;
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I understand the sentimental part and the story about the wrappers and the ants is priceless....LOL...Thank you for sharing..
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@missbdoll (1168)
• Australia
21 Oct 07
I know exactly how you feel, I'm just trying to sort a lot off stuff at the moment, I kind of donn't know where to beging I have a wardrobe so full I cann't put stuff away properly and loads of boxes of stuff.You tend to kep things incase you need them sometime.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
21 Oct 07
Hi!!My hubby take care about that!!When he is at home he throw it away!!personally I have a problem with those little things!!I always think that I will needed and never throw it away!!Warm regards Silvana
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@dimaks (786)
• Japan
21 Oct 07
well, maybe segregation and donation might help in your case. i once had a pile or so of old things and i made a bit of organization - segregate things and store them accordingly. some old stuffs like old shirts, shoes and the like were given to needy neighbors and some are relatives. some of them were donated to a bazaar sale in our locality. good luck to you.
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@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I do the same thing once every 3 months I try and go though everything and if I don;t use it with in that 3 months I usally take it to good will
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• United States
21 Oct 07
I am so glad to find some others out there who do the same thing I do. I don't know why I hang on to some of this stuff. I was raised with the theory "Waste Not Want Not" so I guess I feel wasteful if I through it out. Even though my mother has passed on I get the feeling if I through out anything of value she would come back and haunt me. I guess in the end I will just leave it for my sons to deal with. At least that way they will be thinking about me for a little while LOL.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
14 Nov 07
well when i start to get all clutter with toys and stuff,i just take a garbage bag fill it up and give it to some one that can use the stuff.but it seems like i am doing that a lot lately lol.overload on toys lol.pattie
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
12 Nov 07
It is usually overwhelming and quite depressing. I have always tended to be a pack rat, and now, I'm wanting to get rid of everything and simplify my life! Just not sure where to start! Hubby is just as bad. I think if we haven't used something in a couple of years...who needs it? Time to call the good will people.
• Canada
21 Oct 07
I de-clutter contantly. I grew up with two packrat parents, so I think my decluttering is in response to that! I "try" to get everything picked up each day, and make sure I put things back in there original places. Doesn't always happen, but I try. And, I have a closet, taht I strictly put stuff in to donate/get rid of. once or month or so, I take the bag (s) to the second hand store. My problem is kids stuff (out of season, toys, etc). I have 4 kids and we're having a few more, so I store the out of size clothes, etc for the next child. It makes sense, but it drives me a little crazy keeping stuff, that I'm not currently using.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I watch a lot of cleaning shows and such. they always say that the reason people hold on to things are usually one of two reasons. reason 1/ the object holds memories for you. except the thing is it's not that the thing that holds the memory, you do. Reason 2/ you just get so overwhelmed by the clutter you don't know where to start. It sounds like you might be suffering from reason 2. When stuff takes over, I clean. Cause I hate clutter more than cleaning.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
20 Oct 07
Get rid of it or ask any friends if they want some of it. I have a bit of stuff I have to get rid of or give away too. I don't like clutter and when it starts to take over I have to do someting about it.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Oct 07
we either move it around throw away or have a yard sale.What we really want to keep we put in the loft.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I dont keep stuff around anymore. My husband would always keep things that were so stupid. So one day I just threw all of it out. Oh well because now I say to him you better put this somewhere out of my sight or Im throwing it out!LOL Gotta do it.