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.
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.
czetie: Sometimes I wander around the house making mental lists of things I would sell, donate or toss if it were only my decision.And sometimes I actually fantasize about a house fire. I would far rather have the insurance money and a fresh start than the current contents of my house.Just me?
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.
Bedstead Polisher: 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.
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.
MayoSlather: Every move I find myself dumping more stuff.
chasd00: Getting married and having kids means you accumulate a LOT of stuff.
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.
Epicanis: Everybody advocating "moving" as a way of decluttering is forgetting the massive industry of "rental storage".Me: "We're really going to have to throw out a lot of this stuff".Minister of Domestic Affairs: "No, we'll just put it in storage!"Make it stop..../I'm not entirely blameless here, having my own share of unnecessary clutter...//I'm STILL trying to figure out how *I* ended up being "the neat one" (relatively speaking) in this relationship...
dmax: What you buy are tools - things to help you in life. If your tools control you, you're doing it wrong.Don't buy it if it won't help you in some way.
spidermilk: My deal is that if I haven't used something in a year, I get rid of it. The only exception would be if it is a flashlight and the power hasn't gone out in a year or something similar. If it can be sold, I sell it and otherwise everything in decent shape goes to Goodwill.
lack of warmth: Getting rid of 10 things a day fails if you acquire 12 or more things a day.
Jument: Your wife sounds like she will one day be on Hoarders.
Duck_of_Doom: The Irresponsible Captain: Sometimes it's just thriftiness handed down by family members who survived the Great Depression and the second War to End All Wars. You can tell by the jars of bent nails.This is true. We moved about 8 years ago. Had to clean out the equivalent of 2.5 houses (grandparents x2, deceased dad, our stuff). My grandfather had his returned checks from paying his mortgage, 50 years ago. He had boxes upon boxes of rubber bands that had dried up and disintegrated at the touch. He had the house's original paneling, floorboards, siding from when he built the house. My grandmother had fabric from who knows what era. The point is, you never know when you will need it was their mentality.The other side of this consumerism is disposable mentality. You have something that you haven't used, so throw it out since it's clutter. Then, when you do need it, buy a new one, and throw away the ones you don't need if it's in a multipack. For instance, I recently received a car adapter for an mp3 player. It came with an extra fuse. I chucked it, since hey what do I need it for and it's just clutter. Now, I need it. I'm wasting money ordering what I should have kept.There must be a happy medium between the two.
Crackers Are a Family Food: But having been so poor, you want to just surround yourself with things so you feel that you're not quite so poor anymore. Every time I clean out, I feel like I'm going one more step towards poverty.
The Irresponsible Captain: Sometimes it's just thriftiness handed down by family members who survived the Great Depression and the second War to End All Wars. You can tell by the jars of bent nails.[www.rachelbishopdesigns.com image 321x214]/Get a hammer and take the nails out of that board.//We're straightening nails and organizing them by size today.
The Irresponsible Captain: Sometimes it's just thriftiness handed down by family members who survived the Great Depression and the second War to End All Wars. You can tell by the jars of bent nails.
SockMonkeyHolocaust: Eh, most of my stuff is now instruments/recording stuff, 30 boxes of books and my Epic 40K gaming stuff. Thanks to my Kindle I am getting rid of the books one by one and given how much money and time I sank into Epic 40k I am not getting rid of that stuff any time soon.
namegoeshere: 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!
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.
MayoSlather: My general rule is that if it's something that I haven't used in 6 months then I toss it.
TravelingFreakshow: Am I in before the wife jokes?
NicoFinn: Two international moves in one year. I still have too many clothes.
dragonchild: Moving once a year (on average) through my twenties already helped me out with this goal.
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