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emoticon Ravyna! Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Hi, my name is Ravyna. I live in North Texas, have three grown children, two children in law and two young grandchildren. Maddy 3 and Stryker 5. Married 35 years. Age 60. Need to loose a lot of weight, but also a lot of clutter. Seems the more I get rid of the more I bring in. Looking forward to meeting you all.

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Jan emoticon to the team! Looks like you're on the right track. emoticon

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Hi my name is Jan and I've been with sparks nearly 4 years now. This looks like a fun and great team and I recognize some of the names here. After 37 years of marriage I am all about simplifying life decluttering and organization. It definitely takes some time but it is certainly worth the payoff. So I join to learn and contribute as well..... Here's to making a clean sweep of things and improving our lives individually and collectively. emoticon

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Tikitavi, welcome to group. I'v never heard of Kon Mari method. I will try to look it up. I am still having trouble tossing/giving away things that got packed up over a year ago in flood. I am currently suffering from Sciatica so am taking it easy. I must get back to cleaning.

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Hi everyone,
I'm Tikki
I plan to sell my house (lived here 30 years) and to downsize to a smaller residence. For years I was a thrift store and garage sale addict, and that's where most of my excess stuff has come from. Although I've been purging and de-cluttering for at least 5 years, I still have so much to do, and I've had many episodes of backsliding. Last month I heard about the Kon Mari method of de-cluttering and it is working for me! Just finished purging and organizing my clothing. I was amazed at all the clothes I still had that I thought I had disposed of years before. I'm starting to believe I really can achieve a clutter free home, and I'm determined to do this!

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Hi! I'm Gini, and I found this group on 40DAYS_40NIGHTS' sparkpage. I've been decluttering my house for a few weeks now, after a year of grief and depression. My goddaughter died summer year on her 6th birthday, and my mother died in November. I kind of disappeared into the corner of my couch for about 9 months after Mom died, and just since August have been coming out of my shell.

Until this house I'd never lived in a single place for more than 4 years. Moving is a pain, but it really helps you declutter. Now I've been in the same house for 14 years, with no plans for moving ever again, and wow does that let the crap accumulate! Hubby comes from a long line of borderline hoarders, so it's a struggle not to have stuff build up.

Anyway, good to find fellow declutterers!

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Hi! My name is Jenn and I just started everything! I have been reading up lots on minimalism and decluttering and loosing weight and lots of life changes...I've been reading up for a while, and reading more, and then reading even more then that. My point is...if I don't start doing something about it, I will just keep planning. But I read something the other day that lit a fire I guess. There are several days in a week but someday isn't one of them. So I started today! Wish me luck, I am about to tackle why I have 26 coffee mugs for two people. :(

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emoticon My name is Tina and I saw this team on a friend's Sparkpage and thought I'd check it out. (Thanks Joyce - ASOBFALLS!) I have a hubby, 3 kids, 2 cats and a dog all living in 1500 sq ft. plus all the stuff we all bring into the mix. I am working on a plan to declutter/clean/organize the whole house, bit by bit, once the kids start school next week. I have signed up for some blogs and checked out about 20 books from the library to get ideas and hints. My problem is discipline. I get gung-ho and then lose steam before I finish. I am hoping that this team will give me ideas and encouragement as I begin the battle against clutter next week.

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emoticon new team members!!


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Hello everyone. I recently joined this team but have been on SP since 2013. My name is Susan.
I live in a small one bedroom apartment; my 23 year old daughter lives with me. I have had issues with collecting and clutter for most of my life. I don't know when it started. I remember playing marbles as a child, winning them and then just taking them home to sit in a can. I still have marbles although not the ones I hoarded 50+ years ago. My daughter is the complete opposite when it comes to collecting although she is quite the clothes horse. Clutter makes her very very anxious and this causes us difficulty living together peacefully. I had the assistance of a professional organizer a few years ago and learned a great deal from her. I have come a long way in de-cluttering however, it remains an ongoing struggle to meet the standards set by my
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Hello All,

I was turned on to this team by the poster below JJMPLSMN (aka Roseanne Roseannadanna).

I'm not much of a house keeper and the end result is a lot of clutter. I feel extremely overwhelmed and I don't know where to begin. My biggest issue besides being lazy is my pack rat husband on the rare occasion that I do decide to declutter he relocates everything to the garage or laundry room :(

I'm hoping to get some ideas & tips here and I am very open to suggestions. Look forward to conversing with you all.

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I just joined this team, because I need it. I have a gigantic excess of nice stuff. A lot of it is antique related, and I have a great deal of trouble getting rid of that stuff. I am doing a big E-Bay sale, and having a garage sale in September. I think it will be pretty fun to sell some of the stuff that doesn't "Spark Joy" in my life.

If you have clutter and you do not know about the Sparking Joy book, at least look at it. This woman's philosophy is that ANYTHING you own, should spark joy when you hold it. If it does not, get rid of it, and let it spark joy for someone else.

She also suggests that you clean in a different way. Pick a group of things you have....I started with my thousands of paperback books, and organize them, and get rid of the ones that don't spark joy. It took me two weeks, but my paperbacks (I READ A LOT!!) are now in alphabetical order, and I have dumped 8 boxes of books. The hardbacks are my next job. Then the stuff I have in my storage room. Then the craft room. I, unfortunately, could go on forever, but you get the point. Do one job, then move to the next. It is working for me, and also giving me good exercise!!


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Think you're right there Matt. I am trying to be very strict with myself about not adding anything until I've de cluttered and streamlined everything!

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Matt here...from Central Illinois...so much clutter in my life. I am a pack rat by nature so every time I clean a room, I throw away something that I saved the last time I cleaned. Been doing a lot better about not adding, I think that is half the battle.

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Thanks Ferelauntie. I'm near Libertytown! Maybe we can hook up sometime.


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emoticon Molly, I am from Maryland also. Howard Co. I found that when I was off work, I did not get any more done than I do now. Don't toss dog or husband, you will figure it out. LOL!!

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I'm MollySue from Maryland. I like to hike and camp, and have a cabin in Virginia where we go at least twice a month. I have clutter problems with filing, jewelry, laundry, and just not putting things away promptly because I'm away from home 12 hours a day. My husband doesn't notice clutter, trash, dishes, etc, and he's on permanent disability, so he's home making a mess all day. And I have a hairy dog.

CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY!!!!!

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We actually don't use any self-cleaning boxes anymore. With four cats, it seemed like we spent more time troubleshooting the boxes than we did just scooping them all out. Sigh. I think the only one we never tried was the "toilet" that liquefies, washes and then dries the "litter" crystal/sphere thingies (and then you have to pick them up off the floor every day and put them back in the "bowl"). That's just a little over the top, even for me. I'm afraid they'd all rebel against that one!
So yes, just a preference now. Oh well; we still love her. :-)

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Tifffit, is at least one of the boxes non-self cleaning? My DIL gave one of her fur babies a fit buying one If your little one has been doing this 9 years, you are right, she just likes to pee on soft things. emoticon

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Thanks FERALAUNTIE but that was one of our earliest changes. To date:

New litter
New boxes/more boxes
Several different self-cleaning boxes (we have 4 kitties and are away during the day)
New box locations in the house
New food
Feliway pheremones in an aerosolizer
Litter attractant powders

Our other kitty responded beautifully to Paxil but we haven't gone that route with this one yet, mostly because we can control it by not providing the kinds of things she likes to use. (The other one goes on the floor regardless, unless she gets her meds.)

It appears she just has a surface preference and since we've been dealing with it for over nine years I don't think there's a chance it will go away now! :-)

Thanks for your advice though!

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Hi! I'm currently reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and now I have decluttering fever! I have a long way to go and can't get get rid of everything at one go like the author recommends, it's going to take me a while, but I'm ready.

My house looks okay, just little nests of clutter here and there. My problem is my cupboards, closets and drawers are an unholy mess. The basement too. I don't even know exactly what I have and it's weighing on me.



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Tiffany, you might change your kitties litter. She is unhappy with what you are using I am sure. There are so many good ones out there. But, only change it 1./3 of a box at a time. Cats rarely act up just to act up. They send messages. Good luck. (I use Blue Buffalo Pellet, it smells good, the cats love it and it's easier to clean up. emoticon

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Hi, I'm Tiffany and I need to declutter! I've always kept stuff and then it piles up; I'm hoping that my success in weight loss may translate into sustainable habits in housekeeping. Here's hoping!
I have what should be the added incentive of a kitty who likes to urinate on soft things, whether it be laundry, backpacks, grocery sacks, etc. Before you get concerned, our vet assures us there's no medical or other reason for it, she just seems to like how it feels! I need to get organized so that I can keep that stuff away from the dumb cats. Ugh!

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I had a flood last year in my condo. I am on 2nd floor and the pipes broke over the 4th floor. I was gone for 6 mos. and I still have boxes that have not been opened. They almost fill a small bedroom. I keep injuring myself trying to empty boxes that are mis-titled by recovery co.. I go to pick up a box of paper towels and it is a big box of books with 1 roll of paper towels in it. I have taken many books to library and GoodWill. So many things I thought I could not live without has shown me the errors of my old ways. Right now I have sciatica in my one good leg. the other one has 3 pins in it from a break. Some day I will be done. My kitties will be so happy, they have 2 trees in that room in front of the window. Not that they are lacking in trees, I have one in every window.

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Hi,

I'm surrounded by rubbish, clutter, stuff! At the moment I have an insurance claim going on which is taking forever and has involved a whole room full of 'stuff' being taken into storage. Yet still I'm surrounded by clutter. Every room is full of stuff. Every flat surface is filled with stuff. I'm overwhelmed with clutter. It has to go! emoticon

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HI! My name is Yvonne and have been a member of SP since 2/15. So far I've lost 75lbs. I have a storage that was broke into and a lot of my things were stolen. I want to clear out the storage area except for Christmas and camping stuff. Since I started on SP I've been getting rid of stuff. I really want to start living without a lot of crap I don't need. Craft stuff is a real biggie to me. Clothes is another problem. One thing about saving so many clothes is that as I lose I have something to wear. I have a 22 yr old son with asperger syndrome and 2 older sons that each have 2 sons. 3 Boy's of my own and 3 grandson's. They live in N Calif and Mich. I have a springer spaniel, Misty and a cat named Cat. I suppose if you want to know more about me you can look at my SP page.

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Chris, I am also 67, have a thyroid problem, am owned by two cats and have clutter. You may want to get into Thyroid group too. I've learned a lot from MZZChief a really great lady in that group. Also, on weight I get a lot of support from over 60 with 100-200 lbs to lose. Love your cats name. There is also a Stephen King fans group. Good luck You will find a lot of support in this group too.

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Clutter has been my lifelong problem. I am now 67 and have not beat it yet. I am a retired science/health teacher , grades 7-12 , Deaf students and Deaf students with additional problems which make school difficult.

I live with my husband and cat , Cujo. He (the cat!) keeps us laughing. I am caregiver for my husband who had a stroke in 2006. we have one daughter, age 32. She lives about 3 hours away right now.
I have struggled with weight all my life. Weight Watchers was the first successful weight loss program. Oh--that was so many years ago! The stresses of teaching and a tendency to depression and an underactive thyroid all made losing weight a real challenge. When I thought I had "made it" and had things under control, well , Dh had his stroke. It took me 2 years to get a handle on that and restart a healthy eating plan and again incorporate regular exercise into my day. Water aerobics is my "thing." I could not be without it. Zumba in the water, kick boxing in the water and various water aerobics classes with great friends is my treat and escape from stress.

I sure hope the team can help me. The last 3 months have been extremely stressful --total shoulder replacement surgery, a family crisis to handle, and DH's care plus 2 recent illnesses. I can't wait for spring. Here in CT we still have several feet of snow on the ground.
Oh--and I am fixing up our condo to sell and (hopefully soon) move closer to my family near Buffalo, NY.

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Good Morning, My name is Linda. I have clutter, clutter. Any help tips will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Have a great day,

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Hi, my name is Dee. I just found this team and am excited to see how other people get rid of clutter. I am in the process of reorganizing a sewing room/office. There was so much stuff stuck in corners and in back of other stuff. One trip to Goodwill is not going to help a lot. Nor is one garbage bag. There is so much good stuff (in my eyes anyway) that it is hard for me to part with it all. I want only things I use for sewing to go back into the room along with a filing cabinet and desk for office. Once this room is done it is off to the bedroom/closet. I feel it will be an unending job.
Now it is getting nice out and I don't want to be in the house de-cluttering, but I want to get rid of the clutter too.

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Welcome new members! Take it one minute, one day at time. When you have time go though the posts, I'm sure you'll find an idea(s) that will work for you in down sizing your clutter, and slowly getting rid of it. We are all here to help and support in anyway we can.

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My name is Cathy. I am also hoping that Jan 1 will be a turning point for me! I have a small 2 bedroom house and I have clutter in every corner! Laundry has taken over my living/playroom. I am determined to clear everything out so my toddler has a clean, open area to play. I know I need to depart with clothes that no longer fit, and I am struggling with all the clothes/stuff that comes with little ones! I am hoping to get some tips!

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Hi Christine, I know about being overwhelmed. I wonder if I am the only one who has told herself (or himself) that January 1st is an ideal time to begin? I keep reminding myself that "you can't take it with you" and I don't want some poor person to have to clean up after me, with lips pursed and prim frowns of disapproval.

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12/30/14 2:48 P

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Hello. My name is Christine, happily married with 2 cats, and I have clutter.

Iíve always had some degree of clutter, but itís always been a somewhat manageable mess. My problems are: Iím easily distracted, easily overwhelmed, and often feel like I canít throw out something without someone elseís say (just in case they might be interested in it).

Iíve tried breaking up a room into zones, but it doesnít always work for me. If I get overwhelmed decluttering one area, Iíll get distracted by another area that needs attention. I may feel like Iíve made progress at the end of the day, even if it does not look like it. Sometimes it even looks more cluttered than before.

Anyway, I have a mental image of what this home will look like when weíre done and Iím hoping to be ďdoneĒ before the end of March. I'm also looking for motivation, ideas, etc.

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Hello.
Barb in Maine, you have an impressive story.
I am working on my clutter. I have made some errors (given things away that I still long for) and I have a lot remaining.

I am joining this group for ideas and motivation. I am not certain what my problem is: it is not simple laziness. I do have a lot of books and so many of them are precious to me.

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12/4/14 7:22 A

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I joined this group a while ago and never introduced myself, not sure why! I just got a message about introducing so here I am. I live alone, widowed, in a very large house, 5 bedrooms. The upstairs is just usually closed off, I don't heat it because it costs too much, actually we never heated the upstairs unless we had guests.
My house has been getting more and more clutter over the years, mostly due to lack of time on my part to pick up and clean up, things are usually on a tear to get everything done and there is too much to do. I had a person come in and help with housekeeping for years, but with such a random night schedule it is impossible to keep someone, I can't have someone here while I am sleeping because I don't get enough sleep as it is and can't afford to be kept awake or woken up, 12 hour night shifts are hard enough without not getting sleep.
I have cut back many things to the bone, but the bottom line is that there is still too much to do so something suffers. I hate my house to look like this, but am not sure where to go from here, I expend a lot of time and energy doing farm stuff when I am off, and when I work my 3 or 4 12 hour shifts, only basic stuff gets done, due to lack of time, after 2 hours travel time, 12.5 hours at work, 2-4 hours of farm chores and time to prepare and eat meals, sleep gets down to 4-5 hours time in bed, and time in bed doesn't usually mean sleep for me, sometimes it boils down to a couple of hours of sleep for several days in a row. I made the move several years ago to a closer hospital to work, so my travel time was cut back to a hour each way instead of 1.5-2 hours each way, and half the mileage, but the hours worked are 12.5 instead of 10. The schedule is also so random in this hospital that it is impossible to plan anything ahead or like I said before have people to help me on the farm, I also had a kid that helped me with farm stuff several days a week before, but he can't fit anything in now when week to week the days worked are different. I also had a person to help me on Sundays, we work once every 5th weekend at the hospital, but last summer they changed the weekend to be Friday and Saturday so now we work 3 out of 4 Sundays a month and that ended the help I had.
So between work, farm, cooking freezer meals for my very elderly parents, and all the other stuff that goes on around here, my house is suffering, for that matter the shed and parts of the upstairs of the barn could use picking up. I have been trying to target certain things, but it is not an overnight project most of the time.

I looked around and decided that in the kitchen I needed to do something about all the food and spices that never get put away, and in the rest of the house the clothing, I started to organize the pantry area, got new baskets to hang on the door to get rid of non-food items and pretty much got a lot of that organized and stuff put away. Now I am working on a big spice rack to take all the spices instead of having them in 3-4 places, it might not seem to be a big thing with some people but I use a lot of spices so those big jars of spices get put on the counter because they are stored in the cellar pantry area, so they build up and hang around until I have time to put them all back taking up a big part of the counter, and the cellar way is too far to be running back and forth while cooking all the time. I am hoping to finish the rack and get the spices all put up there this time off, last week was too taken up with Thanksgiving, and snow plowing to have any leftover time to do a project that big, but I did get my plastic containers organized and cleaned out excess ones so they are no longer laying around on the counter.
The clothing thing is going to take more time, and probably be harder on me, I need to clean out our closet and take out clothing that doesn't fit and my DH clothing that I have been avoiding taking care of for several years. Guess I will start with my stuff, trying on and making three bags, one to trash, one to clothing bank and one to keep, then there will be room for clothing to be put away. The closet was a built on place the former owners used as an office, it is only about 6x6 and COLD, I usually have to put a quilt up to block off the cold coming into the house from there. It needs to have insulation put up, but that can't be done until it is cleaned out.
I guess I should mention the farm since it is my big time sync, I have 70 acres, a big barn, 12 pastures, and lots of animals, right now I have Jersey cows, Angus cows, 3 steers for beef, a horse, an donkey, an alpaca, a flock of Romney sheep, a flock of laying hens, Meat rabbits, an Angora rabbit and a bunch of misc bantams that populate the basement of the 4 story barn. There are several cats also. I have cut back on tons of stuff, no longer having ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasants, quail, milk goats, angora goats, I lost my Llama a couple of years ago, I don't raise pigs anymore in the summer, I am not milking the Jersey cows right now or for the last couple of years. I also have huge gardens orchards and berry patches, this summer was a never ending round of tons of fruit and berries as most bore tons of fruit, there were gallons of raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, cherries, blackberries, the plums were overwhelming, pears, peaches, and apples had record crops, grapes everywhere and not much time to tend to any of it. I used to invite people to pick but after having several incidents of people trashing the new raspberry growth or breaking branches in the trees or blueberries, I gave up on that and just let the ones I can't harvest or a few friends that I know will be careful, drop to the ground and spoil. I spent more time then I have in several years this summer preserving and dehydrating a lot of produce, mostly for me, so I can have fresh food to eat and not store bought stuff, which is why my pantry area is full, also I have a huge herb garden so most of the herbs are ones I dry for myself.
So there it is a long introduction, but there was a lot of background stuff, I guess I am going to try to target certain areas for a set amount of time each time I am off work, it does have to come after the animals are taken care of so it may be slow, but it will happen!

Barb from Maine!

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12/3/14 6:50 P

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I actually joined this team a couple weeks ago but didn't introduce myself until I was sure if this was a good fit for me. I still don't know if it is.

My major problem is starting. I can't/won't start projects so some clutter is from "in my dream" projects. Lots of my clutter is just not knowing where to begin when the clutter is to big. Unfortunately that leads to my depression, which leads to more clutter issues. (yes I am getting help for the depression)

How to start?

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11/17/14 7:35 A

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Hello! Just call me Barb. My son calls me a hoarder, but that is not quite true. I am involved in three small businesses -- two out of my home -- and each one takes books and records. Since I am a handcrafter, I have a lot of things for that including boxes of fabric. Unfortunately, we had a mouse invasion this summer (we are surrounded by woods in a rural area and do not have a cat) and I am cleaning, sanitizing and washing lots of stuff. In the midst of this, I am also throwing stuff out and bagging clothes from my closet. Have decided to throw stuff out everyday. I feel accomplished when I do that. I read an article about someone who suggested to pitch 50 things a day when decluttering So, actually, I have thrown out that much stuff when I count the paper junk and broken stuff I thought may be fixed -- no way! Out it goes. Looking forward to reading the threads on decluttering.

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11/8/14 5:48 P

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Pepplegeek, I am also a squirrel and like a squirrel I have so many things I forgot where I put them. Tend to have at least 2 of everything for this reason. Now I am clearing it out. emoticon

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Hi, I'm Pebblegeek from the UK and I'm notorious for doing a hasty last-minute clean and vacuum before people come round. I wish I could be more organised when it comes to cleaning!

I don't believe I'm CRITICALLY affected by clutter although it does tend to build up and then I have to blitz it. I married to a man with minimalist tendencies who doesn't hoard stuff and can let it go without a second thought. But I love my possessions and collections, I would hate to get rid of them and (sometimes) it actually makes me happy to organise it all.

He's away this week but back on Monday so I'm currently working my way through our Home Office and trying to get it all neat and tidy for his return - that will surprise him emoticon

There's no way round it - I'm a Squirrel and I hoard stuff *sigh*

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11/6/14 7:36 P

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Welcome, Robyn. I have the CHAOS also! I was an only child. Therefore I have all the memories of my childhood. There are still boxes upon boxes Mom passed 17 yrs. ago. Dad passed 14 yrs. before that! and, since not having a basement [which is probably good] they are all stacked in the garage. I keep after hubby to get a couple of boxes down at a x for me. He says he will later, but later never comes! Robyn, I do have three kids, one SIL; and 5 DGC. But two of the three live out-of-state with their families. Our 50 yr. old son lives here in town, but, he is Autistic, so there goes that idea!

I perish the thought of when we are gone and that mess being left for the kids. Yet I don't hear any of them offering to help me! I guess what ever will be, will be!!!

The wind is 'whistling Dixie' outdoors. Maybe if it is a horrible winter like last, and I am confined indoors like last year, I will drag some things out myself!!!

I have found one little tid-bit that I am amazed that has made a difference. I temporary put my Fb acct. on deactiviated! I got 'hacked' and, it appeared it very well may be someone on my 'friend' list. So, I changed my password, had ones affected to 'unfriend' me, change their password and report it to Fb.. I may in time bow out completely.

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Hi, I'm Robyn (aka TrekPurrson), I have CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) because of all the clutter in my house. I have vertigo which limits how much I can get done at a time towards decluttering. I have retired from teaching/school librarianship after 31 years, about 5 years ago, and STILL have loads of stuff from all those years. I never could have any children-just me, DH, and 2 cats! I get sentimentally/emotionally attached to books I used at Storytime with the kids, etc. Sometimes it feels like I'm throwing away my memories when I try to declutter. I hope to find support/motivation from this group and that we can share ideas! Thanks for listening! emoticon

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Janet, my son is also 50 this month. I am disabled too and find it hard to work around the stuff I have accumulated. Like I have said, neighbors, friends, Goodwill and the local shelter are all getting a lot of useful items. The rest is being tossed. It is amazing how much you can amass without trying. emoticon

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MerryMary42; I hope I got that right! You must have been born in my generation! We have been married for 52 years. We have lived in our currant home for 41 years. Raised three kids here; 47, 50 and 52. One SIL and 5 GC. You can well imagine what our house looks like. Being disabled do I need to say more. What to do!

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11/2/14 4:27 P

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Hi, I just joined this team! Clutter is the bane of my life! My husband and I moved house 2 years ago, except that we haven't actually finished moving the stuff from the old house yet! We've been paying rent on a house we don't live in all of this time and it's breaking my heart (not to mention my spirit!). We need to get it finished by mid-January, before we go on holiday, so that it doesn't go on into next year as well!

Main issues I am having with finishing the move are:

- I clear space in our current home to bring stuff down into, but if we don't bring stuff down straight away, things slip again and the space is gone before I know it!

- We have way too much stuff, so a lot has to be got rid of because it won't fit into the current house (it's smaller than the old place), which makes the task all the more drawn out and emotional.

- I don't drive and so have to rely on others to take me to the old house - mainly hubby, who is very over-worked and tends not to like doing much in his spare time.

I am at the end of my tether with the whole thing - all I want is a nice home and to save some money!!

I know this situation is unbelievable, but if anyone has any practical suggestions I will be very grateful!

Thanks in advance.





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11/2/14 2:15 P

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Hello all! I'm new to the thread. I used to be meticulously organized. Kept the clutter in my brain down.

Then I got married, moved way out to a tiny cabin in the woods. It took eight years for us to build a house while our possessions sat in a barn. Made me realize how little stuff we really need to live.

Now we and the boxes are into the big house and I am into purging in a big way. It helps that we have no closets built yet to hide stuff in. Putting on my gloves (spiders in those boxes! LOL!) and getting out the trash bags

CindyH

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