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(Boulder Daily Camera)   Only in America is there a movement for people to stop the clutter in their lives by getting rid of 10 things every day for a year   (dailycamera.com) divider line 113
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2013-02-25 07:06:42 AM
the IRS already helped me out with this goal
 
2013-02-25 07:06:52 AM
Ten things? I think sun will stop burning before my closet is empty.
 
2013-02-25 07:11:46 AM
Meth Heads already helped me out with this goal.
 
2013-02-25 07:12:24 AM
Moving once a year (on average) through my twenties already helped me out with this goal.
 
2013-02-25 07:15:21 AM
Am I in before the wife jokes?
 
2013-02-25 07:16:21 AM
Is it on purpose or just sweet irony that the link came up:
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2013-02-25 07:19:17 AM
I doubt I have 3,650 things in total, let alone that many things I should get rid of.
 
2013-02-25 07:19:35 AM
Apparently this website was one of the things that was on someone's list to get rid of.
 
2013-02-25 07:20:38 AM
I'm in.
 
2013-02-25 07:20:53 AM
Its a symptom of being or growing up poor. You never know when an item might be useful so you tuck it away, hoping things will never get bad enough that you have to use it again.
 
2013-02-25 07:22:30 AM
Wow! I'd be a much more content human being (and the world a far better place) if I only had fewer possessions! Then I'd be, like, more spiritual than everyone else!

I'm getting on board with this one right now!!!!
 
2013-02-25 07:22:34 AM
Rule of Thumb: Three house/apt moves = One house fire.
 
2013-02-25 07:26:03 AM

Jaws_Victim: Its a symptom of being or growing up poor. You never know when an item might be useful so you tuck it away, hoping things will never get bad enough that you have to use it again.


Or maybe they're poor because they spend all their money buying garbage they don't need.
 
2013-02-25 07:26:25 AM
Two international moves in one year. I still have too many clothes.
 
2013-02-25 07:27:57 AM
Really Subby? Top 10 Ways To Effectively Clear Clutter from Lifehaker Australia.

Bonus: Top 5 Ways to a De-cluttered Kitchen from Times of India.
 
2013-02-25 07:30:16 AM
Anyone want a broken dishwasher and an old barely-functional red lawnmower? Things at my house tend to sit around for a year or so before I take a crack at fixing them. I have two other mowers, and hands to wash dishes with..
 "Growing up poor" means you fix things instead of buying new stuff when it breaks. I've fixed a TV and working on fixing a laptop (so many tiny screws).
 
2013-02-25 07:30:24 AM
On second thought, 10 things per day is quite a lot.
 
2013-02-25 07:32:07 AM
Getting married and having kids means you accumulate a LOT of stuff. My wife and I have been talking about doing something like this for a while.
 
2013-02-25 07:35:23 AM
I think I'm going to start a motivational speaking company which encourages this. Hell, you can even bring your 10 things per day to the office and leave them there. We'll dispose of them for you, at only nominal charge.
 
2013-02-25 07:36:42 AM

bingethinker: I doubt I have 3,650 things in total, let alone that many things I should get rid of.


This
 
2013-02-25 07:46:55 AM

dragonchild: Moving once a year (on average) through my twenties already helped me out with this goal.


I've pretty followed this trend my entire adult life and you're exactly right. Every move I find myself dumping more stuff. It's amazing how little I actually use and how much of a consumer I've been most of my life buying things I don't need/use.

I recently just sold a box of childhood toys that I've been carrying around with me forever. It's pointless to have things that just sit in my closet untouched. My general rule is that if it's something that I haven't used in 6 months then I toss it. Exceptions go for things like tools, but otherwise do I really need to hang on to a pile of PC games that are over a decade old, or clothes I haven't worn in a year? Nope.
 
2013-02-25 07:48:21 AM

NicoFinn: Two international moves in one year. I still have too many clothes.


I moved most of my stuff into storage a couple years ago when I moved abroad, only took a couple suitcases (not even filled to the max) and a backpack with me. I'm really amazed at how little I think "I wish I had..." Mostly just my bike. I think a lot of it will end up at Goodwill when I make it home.
 
2013-02-25 07:49:12 AM

chasd00: Getting married and having kids means you accumulate a LOT of stuff.


Yep. And then people start dying on you. I personally have three dead Grandmas worth of stuff in my attic. Need some dining room chairs? How 'bout a lamp? Some kitschy sofa art? I got lots!
 
2013-02-25 07:49:41 AM
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Someone started by getting rid of the article.
 
2013-02-25 07:53:00 AM
My kids.
 
2013-02-25 07:59:21 AM

chasd00: Getting married and having kids means you accumulate a LOT of stuff. My wife and I have been talking about doing something like this for a while.


The rule at our house is that for every new toy that comes into the house, one little played with toy goes to charity. Our four year old even picks which ones that go.

Somehow we still have a house full of toys.
 
2013-02-25 08:05:37 AM
Meh.

Get divorced; that's half of everything already (+ The biatch. Win!).
 
2013-02-25 08:10:59 AM
 Spain, Portugal, England, and even France continue to do it with outdated colonies, subby.
Try not to be so dramatic.
 
2013-02-25 08:13:07 AM

MayoSlather: Every move I find myself dumping more stuff.


I don't dump stuff; our weekly garbage pickup is one half-full 20-gallon bag.  But even after I bought a house I reflexively think, "If I own it, I'm gonna have to move it."

Nothing beats materialism out of you like having to move all the time and being too poor to hire movers.  For a good decade or so I had to make sure everything I owned fit in a 3-door Civic with enough room for, well, a driver.
 
2013-02-25 08:13:50 AM

TravelingFreakshow: Am I in before the wife jokes?


Please show this to my wife (this is not a joke)
 
mhd
2013-02-25 08:22:04 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-25 08:24:07 AM

TravelingFreakshow: Am I in before the wife jokes?


www.nndb.com
 
2013-02-25 08:31:30 AM
Move house.  I guarantee you the cost and effort of moving your crap will help you realize what you truly value.
 
2013-02-25 08:39:01 AM
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I think I'm too cheap to accumulate a bunch of useless stuff and at a certain point of clutter I feel the need to remedy it. Sometimes that project takes longer than others, but typically anymore since I've previously organized most of my stuff, it's become easier to declutter whenever stuff starts accumulating.

I'm the anti-hoarder I guess, both sides of my family have people with hoarding tendencies. My mom-in-law has fabric that's 30 years old and some even older and it's still unused. I don't get the need to keep around stuff that at this point is decades old and hasn't had any real utility. Why hold onto stuff that arguably you're never going to use? I also don't get the buying stuff because "it's pretty and I like it" and then storing it for decades. Seems like a waste of money to me. I can understand maybe window shopping for stuff, and touching fabric you like when you're at a fabric store, but without any real plan to make something from the fabric, it seems odd to buy it.

I don't really put sentimental value on stuff though. It' just stuff. It's not coming with you when you're dead.
 
2013-02-25 08:39:56 AM
Try stop buying crap for a year.
 
2013-02-25 08:40:56 AM
applying for a job.  Need ID for eye9's  bring in passport and drivers lisc and . . . hey that's my original Social Card.  minute later - it's the oldest thing of mine, I still own.

Just waiting for Sally Mae to take it  . . .
 
2013-02-25 08:56:14 AM
What am I going to do with all of these packets of tea, this giant hit discotheque album, and this empty bottle?
 
2013-02-25 08:58:18 AM

dragonchild: MayoSlather: Every move I find myself dumping more stuff.

I don't dump stuff; our weekly garbage pickup is one half-full 20-gallon bag.  But even after I bought a house I reflexively think, "If I own it, I'm gonna have to move it."

Nothing beats materialism out of you like having to move all the time and being too poor to hire movers.  For a good decade or so I had to make sure everything I owned fit in a 3-door Civic with enough room for, well, a driver.


Well I didn't mean garbage by using the word "dump". I sell it or give it to Goodwill.
 
2013-02-25 09:00:43 AM

justoneznot: Really Subby? Top 10 Ways To Effectively Clear Clutter from Lifehaker Australia.

Bonus: Top 5 Ways to a De-cluttered Kitchen from Times of India.


You beat me to it. I was going to point out anyone who has traveled extensively knows that America is definitely not the worst offender in this category.
 
2013-02-25 09:01:48 AM
Getting rid of 10 things a day fails if you acquire 12 or more things a day.  I have a feeling there will be a lot of people failing at this due to bad math.  "I feel good for getting rid of my 10 things from my closet, so I went shopping and bought 4 pants, 4 dress shirts, 3 sweaters and 2 pairs of shoes.  I get to treat myself because today, I win."
 
2013-02-25 09:04:44 AM
ppffft first world problems
 
2013-02-25 09:09:57 AM

MayoSlather: My general rule is that if it's something that I haven't used in 6 months then I toss it.


I have a similar rule: if I forgot I even had it, why do I need it?
When I shop now, I ask myself: "Do I need it? Will I use it?" if the answer is no, I don't buy it. There are exceptions of course, but for the most part it saves me money.

I keep all of my clothes though because I gained weight and they MIGHT fit again someday. I only get rid of the stuff that looks old or is completely not in style anymore.
 
2013-02-25 09:13:03 AM
I'm going to do this. I spend my weekends moving crap from one room in the house to another room. After about a month everything is back where it originally started, and the cycle begins again.
 
2013-02-25 09:23:12 AM
This seems less like an effort to stop clutter, and more like an effort to publicize the release of an upcoming book about her experience.
 
2013-02-25 09:24:38 AM

chasd00: Getting married and having kids means you accumulate a LOT of stuff. My wife and I have been talking about doing something like this for a while.


God, yes. The kids thing especially. Today, right now, I have several plastic tubs full of farking paperwork on my desk that are about my kid. That doesn't even cover the crap (and broken crap) that leaves around the house like confetti.
 
2013-02-25 09:26:02 AM

Bedstead Polisher: I only get rid of the stuff that looks old or is completely not in style anymore.


I can't do this. Society frowns upon nakedness.
 
2013-02-25 09:26:37 AM

dragonchild: MayoSlather: Every move I find myself dumping more stuff.

I don't dump stuff; our weekly garbage pickup is one half-full 20-gallon bag.  But even after I bought a house I reflexively think, "If I own it, I'm gonna have to move it."

Nothing beats materialism out of you like having to move all the time and being too poor to hire movers.  For a good decade or so I had to make sure everything I owned fit in a 3-door Civic with enough room for, well, a driver.


I'm trying to get to the point where the stuff I have is too BIG to move myself. Basically going from "cheap crap I drag around in my car" to "huge expensive pieces of furniture I pay other people to move". That's my goal. Weird, I know. :)
 
2013-02-25 09:27:34 AM

ZeroCorpse: This seems less like an effort to stop clutter, and more like an effort to publicize the release of an upcoming book about her experience.


I've found one simple truth about all of these internet "movements" (decluttering, fat acceptance, minimalism, "zen habits", "lifehacking", etc. etc.). Someone, somewhere is making money off of them. Not that that's necessarily "bad", but it does seem to make things a tad artificial.
 
2013-02-25 09:29:52 AM

Bedstead Polisher: I keep all of my clothes though because I gained weight and they MIGHT fit again someday. I only get rid of the stuff that looks old or is completely not in style anymore.


Do this.  It's actually a great feeling when you give away the big clothes you used to need in favor of the old ones that fit you now.  I had a really nice suit I couldn't wear for years, but it fits perfectly now.
 
2013-02-25 09:30:11 AM
The things you own wind up owning you.
 
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