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Our home is usually very organized with a place for everything, and everything in its place! When we moved here almost twenty years ago we moved ourselves and rented the largest rental truck we could. Everything we owned fit into that truck. Somehow over the years we have accumulated way too much stuff!

Loosing both of my parents didn’t help as I acquired things when my mother downsized, and then again when she passed away. As we eventually anticipate a move to the west coast we realize we can’t hold on to everything. It would not be wise to pay to move all this stuff!

There are practical reasons to not have so much stuff. With less to clean around you shouldn’t have as much housework! Having more leisure time can help you live longer!

My problem is that as I’m going through the boxes I find things I have no use for such as old hand knit baby blankets that were mine as a baby! Do I really need them? Perhaps I am afraid that if I let go of an item I am throwing away the memories and connections themselves. I’m finding if I really don’t need the item I can take a picture of it and move on. I’m also passing along some of the baby items to my daughter who is expecting a baby in July!baby blankets

Cleaning out my closet was my first priority. When we arrived back home after three months away it was very easy to take a look at my closet and get rid of the clothes that I never wear. If you are having trouble in this area one suggestion is to hang all your clothes backwards on the hangers. After six months donate everything still hanging backwards! Discard everything that is outdated or worn, and get rid of unnecessary duplicates. Then the next time you go buy a new pair of pants make it a habit to remove a pair of pants from your closet!organized closet

Part of my problem is de-cluttering is the mind set that “someday I may need this”! For example I have a beautiful crystal cut glass punchbowl with at least twenty-five glasses that match the bowl. The last time I used this punch bowl was at a high school graduation party, over six years ago! Much as I love the bowl I’m thinking that if I ever need a punch bowl for some future occasion I could probably rent one!Punch Bowl

We don’t know when our home will sell or when this eventual move will take place, but I’m looking forward to working through this de-cluttering stage and learning to live with less.

25 comments on “De-Cluttering: Why Am I Holding Onto This Stuff?

Almas.Nathoo on March 29, 2016 3:12 pm

Hi,

I am holding on too just like I have hand made item and they beautiful I don’t feeling throwing them out.Old will come back but by that time we won’t be here who know. I want ideas from you what we should do with it.Wish you best that your house get sell in time and all that pressure come down.

Nancy Wolff on March 29, 2016 6:15 pm

Almas,
Handmade items are hard to part with! I’m wondering if there are things that can be made with some of the old baby blankets I have? I’m trying to pass along very special items to our children although I’m to sure they appreciate them as much as I do!

Yankee Burrow on March 29, 2016 6:01 pm

I am usually a very organized person, I don’t like to keep a bunch of stuff around…
unless it’s yarn, beads, or paint! lol
We are also getting ready to sell and move, and while hubby is cleaning out and selling some stuff from his lawnmower repair business, he asked me what I was getting rid of in my art studio.
I told him NOTHING. hahaha
Debbi

Nancy Wolff on March 29, 2016 6:14 pm

Debbie,
You are too funny! I do have a limit of what I’m ready to give up at this point. I have a very hard time getting rid of books!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com on March 30, 2016 2:16 am

Nancy, I’m not planning to move but have nevertheless been on a mission for more than a year now to get rid of unnecessary items. My motto is, “Most people don’t need more storage, they just need less stuff.” And I follow the “One In, One Out” rule: If I get a new thing, at least one similar old thing must go. This way my storage space is never outgrown. I’m going to try that hanging my clothes backwards thing as I’m meeting a little internal resistance at the thought of getting rid of some of my clothes I don’t wear.

Nancy Wolff on March 30, 2016 11:18 am

Jean,
I think what you’re doing is great! I think everyone should go through everything once in a while so you’re not accumulating too much stuff!

Pam Fillion on March 30, 2016 5:42 pm

I have been dragging around the family museum for years, and I mean that literally. Items dating back to the mid 1800s, in addition to my inability to throw my own crud away.
It seems like every time I send something to Goodwill or toss it, within six months I need it and I’m kicking myself. I’ve met others who have the same problem… What’s up with that?

Nancy Wolff on March 30, 2016 7:58 pm

Pam,
I am glad I don’t have a lot of family history I’m carrying around! I have had the problem of getting rid of something only to need it later!, Doesn’t make the job of de-cluttering any easier!

UpstateNYer on March 31, 2016 1:07 pm

Contact the local historian in the the town that your family once lived in . They may want some of the items you no longer want from your 1800 history.

Nancy Wolff on March 31, 2016 1:17 pm

UpstateNYer, That’s a great idea! I’m sure local historians would be interested in family archives!

Jessica on March 30, 2016 8:37 pm

I have found that one way to get around the mental block of getting rid of clothes is to take EVERYTHING out, and make piles by type of garment.Now put things back in purposefully. First your regular go-tos, then fill in with favorites and reasonable amounts of each type of garment. Once the closet is comfortably full, get rid of what is left out. There is something about putting favorites IN the closet as opposed to pulling things OUT that makes it easier.

Nancy Wolff on March 31, 2016 12:37 am

Jessica,
Taking everything out is a good way to go!

Pet Mom on March 30, 2016 10:15 pm

Take photo’s of things, rather than keeping the actual item……this has helped me to let many items go.

Nancy Wolff on March 31, 2016 12:36 am

Pet,
I’ve found that taking photos of things really has helped me, especially with the kids old artwork! 🙂

donna on March 31, 2016 4:24 am

Has anyone considered that sending things to the Goodwill is like putting it into a storage place so if we need it we can go buy it. It is like rent. Use it and donate it back- then it won’t be stored at your house

Nancy Wolff on March 31, 2016 1:19 pm

Donna,
That’s a funny way to think of Goodwill! If I could get that attitude it would cut down on a lot of clutter! 🙂

Pam@over50feeling40 on March 31, 2016 8:12 pm

I need to clean out and not looking forward to it! Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

Nancy Wolff on March 31, 2016 10:52 pm

Pam,
Nothing like spring to put you in the mood for some cleaning out of stuff! 🙂

Latane Barton on April 1, 2016 10:19 am

Moving into my apartment made de-cluttering a must for me. It’s hard to do but so necessary and I felt so liberated after it was done. Good luck.

Nancy Wolff on April 1, 2016 1:01 pm

Latane,
I’ve heard how liberating getting rid of stuff is! I feel better with just the little bit of progress we’ve made!

Gina on April 1, 2016 12:31 pm

I love to purge! Hubby, not so much. He’s int he We might Need it Someday camp. Then when the someday comes, most of the time he can’t find it. Sometimes he will happen upon something he carefully stored away and say “where did we get this?”. It drives me batty. So regular purging is a thing for me (: And I love the idea of finding someone else who will love your old treasures.

Nancy Wolff on April 1, 2016 1:00 pm

Gina,
I’ve been after my husband for years to start purging, he is only recently on board with the idea! 🙂

tanya breese on April 1, 2016 2:26 pm

oh i have such a hard time getting rid of stuff!

Prairie Gal Cookin on April 5, 2016 9:44 pm

Hey, I just wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday’s Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-5th-weekly-link-up/

Nancy Wolff on April 6, 2016 12:37 am

Prairie Gal, thanks for the invite!

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