Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome to the Great Decluttering Movement of 2016!

Before I start, I want to say a big "thank you" to my fellow blogger Ivy at The Happy Whisk for leading the Great Decluttering Movement of 2016. Way to go, Ivy!

I've been a big fan of the simple life for a while now--but I still have way too much crap. So does Collin--but he still hasn't be able to bring himself to give up all the boxes in his closet to make room for his clothes! 

George Carlin said it best in his stand-up routine on "Stuff":



I've been saying threatening for a while now that I was going to just haul everything in our storeroom down to the dumpsters because if it's just been sitting back there in boxes for the past ten years, what possible use could we have for it? I don't even remember what's in some of those boxes, except for our Christmas tree and some personal belongings of Mom's and Dad's.

If it weren't for those annoying scavengers knows as Identity Thieves, it would be so easy. Just dump everything. But no. To prevent our identities from being stolen (and to the idiots who might try, the joke's on you!), we have to sort everything, shredding anything that has anything resembling personal information on it--name, address, age, etc. We've trashed two paper shredders so far. As for important documents, we scan everything and store it all in clouds and copy it to an external hard drive kept in our safe deposit box.

Why, oh why, did our credit union stop having regular shredding events, bringing in a huge truck that shredded stuff while we watched? It was so much easier then! We just hauled it down there in bags and boxes and watched everything get turned into confetti.

I've donated clothes I no longer wear, books (I converted my entire library to digital or audiobooks) and  household items (as I have confessed repeatedly, I am a terrible cook and don't even know what to do with most of that stuff). Collin just finished converting our extensive DVD collection to digital, everything stored on three external hard drives, and is about to haul the DVDs down to the mall to be exchanged for credit for more stuff. Probably video games. Or comic books to be digitized.

Yes, I know that makes no sense.

I'm also an advocate of recycling--though living in an apartment makes that difficult, if not impossible. The county won't give us individual recycling bins. They have to be ordered by management for the entire complex. I can see why they don't. Most of the tenants won't even take trash to the dumpsters, let alone bother with recycling. 

I've come to the conclusion that humans are pack rats by nature. We have too much that we just can't quite part with because we might need it sometime in the future. We're like squirrels storing nuts for the coming winter. Except the squirrels eventually eat those nuts.







22 comments:

  1. The funny thing about decluttering is you rarely, if ever miss anything that's gone. We've moved too many times and each time I've done major tossing. I still have trouble getting rid of books though. Anyway, congrats on being free of clutter!

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    1. Ivy has said the same thing. I think she got rid of most of her stuff.

      I switched my entire library to either ebooks or audiobooks. The few that weren't available in either format have been scanned and converted to PDFs so I can read them on my Kindle.

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  2. Thanks for the shout out.

    Very fun to read what you've done so far. This is exciting stuff and also, I like how you ended it because by darn, the buggers in our back yard are always forgetting where they stored those nuts.

    Anyway, great job you.

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    1. Ivy--you have senile squirrels???

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    2. We have big black walnut trees and so many walnuts that I think the little squirrels got nuts (no pun intended), and over-store.

      PS: Not even a full day into G+ and this is fun.

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  3. The biggest decluttering I had was when my home burned down in a California wildfire. The only problem is that it the fire burned the few wonderful things (like my christening gown) that I would have loved to keep.
    With every move I have tossed out stuff. Except for my closet and studio I keep a very sparse house. I do not like to dust !
    The things I have the hardest time tossing is all the children's art and little notes they wrote me. Plus my studio with all the bits and bobs I Need ! I have tossed out 3 bags of stuff so far.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I keep things Collin made for me. My mom was like that, too. She kept a little thing I made in church when I was five years old. It looked like an Easter hat. The lid opened and it had jellybeans inside. She's been gone eighteen years now, and the jellybeans are still in there!

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    2. Parsnip: Congrats on your 3 bags of stuff. I used to keep all kinds of paper things, too.

      Norma: Wow on the jellybeans. Were you tempted to taste one. I would have been, and I don't even eat sugar.

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    3. Ivy: No way would I eat one of those jellybeans! Ick!

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  4. And squirrels are smarter than some humans, in my experience.

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  5. You are much further along than I am. I can't even through away my clothes. They might come back into style. The only ones I have given away are those that are too large. They were newer than some of the ones that I kept as I had bought those when I weigh about what I weigh now. As for books, no way. I dislike reading digital books. I will for the books to review, but those usually aren't my type of book anyway.

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    1. My clothes were the first things to go. If I hadn't worn it in at least six months, it went!

      I have severely impaired sight, and my ophthalmologist told me reading on a tablet would be easier. It is. But that aside, I just like being able to carry everything on one device!

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  6. I've always had the classic excuse: "As soon as I get rid of something, I finally need it!" But when you have so much stuff you can't find what you need, it doesn't help. You're absolutely right about people being pack rats by nature--the explosion of self-storage units confirms that.

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    1. I've been guilty of that myself, Mark. Our storeroom looks like an episode of Hoarders!

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  7. It is a problem Norma.. when we repainted the house last year each room got decluttered as we went.. the only one that still needs sorted is.. you guessed it, my wardrobe 😊😊 The shredding is a universal problem I think!

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    1. Shredding is a necessity these days, Grace. I did make one erroneous comment, though. I thought Collin and I had trashed two shredders. Collin says it's just one. He managed to fix the second one.

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  8. I decluttered a great deal before we moved 2 years ago. The flood that soaked a bunch of packed moving boxes decluttered still more.

    Now, clutter seems to be returning. Clutter can be stealthy...

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    1. It sneaks up on us! We must be ever-vigilant!

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  9. I love to purge out things. Feel so much better after I do.

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