Help! I'm Drowning in Stuff!!

United States
February 9, 2018 9:43am CST
When I went to Ohio last April, I moved into a house with a carload of essentials. There was a bed already there for me, a kitchen table and 2 chairs and a leather chair and ottoman. I had the best time, furnishing it from scratch practically. Something I hadn't done since I was 19. I shopped often and only bought what I LOVED. It is spacious, practical and easy to maintain. I am planning to live there six months and here in Florida six months. But now that I'm back I realize my house here is too full of stuff! I originally just brought what I loved and it was just enough. But six years of buying more stuff I love was fun and the house slowly filled up all the empty corners and then some. Now I need to get rid of things. I want the spacious feeling again! I have to choose things I don't want anymore but I love everything. What to do? What to do?
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@LadyDuck (156899)
• Switzerland
9 Feb
I have exactly the same problem. Buying stuff is easy, getting rid of unwanted stuff is another matter. Good luck.
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• United States
9 Feb
It's a wrench when you want to at least give it to someone you love but no one has room (like the Ethan Allen king size bed) so donating is the solution.
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@LadyDuck (156899)
• Switzerland
9 Feb
@Jeanniemaries Exactly and now some charities ask you to bring them the items, that is not at all a solution.
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• India
9 Feb
@Jeanniemaries yes some items needs to be donated
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• United States
9 Feb
I felt the same way when I moved here almost 8 years ago. I only brought what I thought I would need and I loved downsizing and having plenty of room. Over the years things have overtaken many areas and I need to purge once again. You hit the nail on the head when you said you want the spacious feeling again! me too
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• United States
9 Feb
We are comrades! Spring cleaning is going to be thorough!
@cintol (6268)
• United States
9 Feb
That is a hard choice to choose what to keep and what to get rid of. I had to do that and picked the things I didn't really use or look at much and those were the things I got rid of.
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@cintol (6268)
• United States
9 Feb
@Jeanniemaries I would make that choice as well
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9 Feb
I keep trying to get rid of stuff, but it always seems to pile back up.
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• United States
9 Feb
I know! It all kind of crept up on me.
@dodoazo (19335)
• Philippines
10 Feb
You are in a complicated situation. I don't understand you especially when you said that you have to choose things you don't want anymore but you love everything. It is impossible you have to sacrifice some of those things to get the space you wanted to.
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• United States
10 Feb
My problem is I brought to this hone only the things I really loved, Now the things that are filling up my home are recent purchases or gifts that I really love and and not ready to give up. So now I must find things that I can give up. I've made some good decisions and there is a truck coming to take them away.
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@dodoazo (19335)
• Philippines
10 Feb
@Jeanniemaries when I retired from government service, I have some "professional rubbish". I was in the same situation like you on how to dispose them. Here's what I did.
Getting rid of those bulky documents, old books, stored computer files through a simple practical way
@Juliaacv (30230)
• Canada
10 Feb
When we down-sized a year ago it was so liberating. I do feel for those that don't ever do that, they don't know the freedom that it brings. I hope that you are able to set aside some of the "stuff" that you can live without and perhaps have a yard sale and make some money off of it as I'm sure that someone else will be able to make good use out of it.
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• United States
10 Feb
I would rather donate than have a yard sale. I did have major downsizing six years ago when we moved to Florida...our house was 1/3 the size of the one in Ohio and we got rid of over 1/3 of our possessions. It was totally liberating. But then I had many items I was ready to let go of, now I have very few, But they still have to go,
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@Juliaacv (30230)
• Canada
10 Feb
@Jeanniemaries You have to do what is best for you.
@bunnybon7 (36431)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Feb
find a safe place to store some and get it back later. change off now and then.
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• United States
10 Feb
That might be feasible if I had a husband or if my sons were here to help with that. But best to just let someone else enjoy them full time.
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@bunnybon7 (36431)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Feb
@Jeanniemaries oh i see. i thought you was wanting to keep all of it but too crowded
@Spontaneo (1315)
• United States
9 Feb
Give what you don't want or don't need to charity. Salvation Army, GoodWill, Catholic Charities, etc. Think of how good you will feel and how good they will feel.
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• United States
9 Feb
Absolutely! I have already called Jerico Road for a pickup. It's a local Christian charity. I will be donating some very nice, clean beautiful items that I love.
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@Spontaneo (1315)
• United States
9 Feb
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• Preston, England
10 Feb
I had to sacrifice a lot of my cool stuff when I moved to my present house - never an easy choice - love the drawing you are using here
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• United States
10 Feb
It isn't easy, much easier to give things to people we know and love, but charity is a good second option. Thanks...about the picture,
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• Philippines
10 Feb
im the same sometimes we dont need a specific stuff anymore but hesitating to throw it away nor even sell it simply because we still like to keep them
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• United States
10 Feb
Yes, too many things give me joy!
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
I understand your dilemma. I have so many things that I really don't want to get rid of.
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• United States
10 Feb
It is a dilemma. I can only say there are very few items I got rid of to move here that I regret.
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@Corbin5 (105933)
• United States
9 Feb
I throw 3 things away every day. Those things go into the garbage or into a donation bag. No matter how small, those 3 things have to go. Clutter and stuff make me very stressed.
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• United States
9 Feb
Good plan. I used to throw out two things for each Item I brought in that wasn't groceries.
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@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
9 Feb
I called the Thrift store and they came and picked up the things I wanted to give them, big pieces like furniture, the small things I pack in boxes and have been dropping off a little at a time for 2 years.
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• United States
9 Feb
I called Jerico Road and they are coming out Wednesday for the king size bed, a large leather recliner and the boxes I am packing full now.
@marlina (73885)
• Canada
9 Feb
I just hope that you did not invest too much in those things.
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• United States
9 Feb
That's the beauty of it. I don't invest much, I love to thrift and find incredible bargains, very expensive items for practically nothing. I'm very picky about what I buy. I also have inherited a lot of items recently.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
9 Feb
Oh, it is tough when you love it all.
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• United States
9 Feb
Yes, I just get so attached to things.
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@toniganzon (49868)
• Philippines
10 Feb
Now that's the most difficult to thing to do. I myself have no idea what to toss away and what to keep. Hope you could decide but I warn you, it's going to be painful and difficult.
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