Slow but Steady, the Purging Begins

United States
June 24, 2016 7:59am CST
I was off to a slow start with the purging of our treasures. Having had to help my husband's mother pack and move her stuff out put me behind schedule. Last night I managed to downsize our Christmas decorations. I now have 2 empty storage bins and one big box. The Christmas decorations that I have purged will go to a client that had no decorations. Yes, I could purge even more, and probably will once the holiday season rolls around again. But, for now, I am happy with my ability to get rid of what I had. Have a busy agenda today and I won't be able to attend to the purging again until this afternoon. But, when I get back, the storage room will look a little less cluttered. Tackling the bookshelf. Many of the books will be donated to the Goodwill. I'll keep a few. The empty bins will be loaded with my pictures and other items that I have to keep. The sun is shining and I hope to get outside and enjoy myself a little bit. It is my only day off until next Friday, which will be the first day of my staycation.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
24 Jun 16
Having to help another person pack and then doing your own packing is a a chore and not easy either. Good you are downsizing and have people you can give things to.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
I was going down to help out yesterday, but my husband said that she needed to do it on her own. Her procrastination got her into this mess, she needs to deal with it on her own. I did help her on Wednesday. I have to deal with our move too.
@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
24 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly When people procrastinate then things do not go well. Yes you do need to deal with your own move and she should do her own packing then.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@Marcyaz We shall see what is left to do once she gathers up the remaining things she will be taking with her on Saturday.
@DianneN (59477)
• United States
24 Jun 16
You seem to be making great progress so far. I like that feeling of purging for a new beginning.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
I am sick of clutter. Work in cluttered homes every day. It tends to drag you down. Can't wait to have less to deal with. Thankfully I managed to get rid of a lot of things when I stored them in the outer shed. Many things were ruined by water.
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@DianneN (59477)
• United States
24 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly That's one way of getting rid of clutter!
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@DianneN With some things I just have to close my eyes and let it go.
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@LadyDuck (122029)
• Switzerland
24 Jun 16
The books take a lot of space and they are also heavy to move around. You are surely doing the right thing to downsize.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
I have smaller boxes to put the books in so when they are moved it won't be as heavy.
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@LadyDuck (122029)
• Switzerland
25 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly I bought smaller boxes when I lifted some big ones.
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• United States
26 Jun 16
@LadyDuck the bins that I lifted for my MIL when we helped her to move her things out were way too big. She packed them full. I did manage to lift them, but was a bit achy as a result.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
That was me five years ago. I purged 2/3 of our belongings to move to Florida into a small cottage from a large tri level home we bought when we had four children! We had just inherited 1/3 of my inlaws belongings three months before. It was very difficult but very freeing. A huge weight of f my back.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
My MIL left bunk beds, an old sewing machine (which I am keeping!) and many other things at the trailer. Most of it is going to the dump. We are selling the bunk beds and anything else that is sellable. Have to come up with money to make repairs that have to be done before we move in.
• United States
24 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly We had three massive sales and made several thousand dollars that we added to the funds to renovate our cottage. We were lucky to have our nephew in the business of flipping houses and he and his crew did the work at a "family rate". It was all finished when we moved down to Florida and almost like moving into a new house. All new fixtures, new countertops, new carpets, painted throughout, and a completely new bathroom that had been gutted, tub and sink replaced and new tile floor and painted. Just like on TV but without the staging furniture!
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@Jeanniemaries Wow, that is some overhaul! We have to renovate the bathroom. It is small and the toilet and bathtub are set in an inconvenient place. If someone opens the bathroom door and you are on the throne you'll get whacked in the knees.
@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jun 16
I actually like moving some things on. I know I have things i no longer want or need
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• United States
26 Jun 16
It is easier to give away what we no longer need, even better to see someone use it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly that is very true
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jun 16
Getting rid of books creates a lot of space I think. They do take up a lot of room.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
I didn't realize how many books I had until I began to look around. A few here, a few there, and you have a library!
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly We have four bookcases then odds and ends elsewhere as well. Way too many.
@jstory07 (58205)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Jun 16
That is good to donate stuff so others can use it.
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• United States
27 Jun 16
I'd rather donate it than try to sell it. The Goodwill is the only place to donate goods in this town. The Salvation Army closed last year.
@jaboUK (50704)
• United Kingdom
27 Jun 16
I hope you don't get too exhausted with all you have to do. It must be hard deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.
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• United States
27 Jun 16
It is not easy to part with things that you've kept for so many years. But, I will have to part with so many things in order to make this move.
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@Corbin5 (81725)
• United States
24 Jun 16
Next Friday will certainly be one very happy day! You will have a busy staycation, but will be a welcome staycation.
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• United States
26 Jun 16
I am so looking forward to sleeping in just a little.
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@Susan2015 (18676)
• United States
24 Jun 16
It's always good to donate some of what you don't want or need.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
My husband wants to put it away for a tag sale. Way too much work involved in that. I'd rather just donate what I can't give away.
@Tampa_girl7 (21648)
• United States
24 Jun 16
Purging is a lot of work, but what a good feeling when you are done.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Feels like it will take forever! I had thought about purging long before we decided to buy the trailer. I can live with a lot less junk.
@GardenGerty (91045)
• Marion, Kansas
24 Jun 16
Downsizing can be tough but it is also very freeing.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
I can't wait to be free!
@marlina (62259)
• Canada
24 Jun 16
You are coming along.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Slow but sure wins the race!
@CRK109 (14351)
• United States
26 Jun 16
Every time I go back to the house and see how empty it is now, it amazes me that I did all that work. So good for you! Keep going and you'll get there!