The first few days after moving were filled with the basics — finding all our kitchen things and getting the heart of our home established. After that, we moved onto the bedroom. I was overwhelmed with wardrobe boxes and bins of clothes. Why did I have so many clothes and why did I move it all from California to Arizona? How many swim t-shirts does one need? I’ve already sewn several quilts out of them for my kids. What to do now? I found a home for some and took a bunch of clothes to the local Kiwanis market.
Now that we’ve been in our house for 18 days, I’m down to the nitty gritty. Our guest room still has unopened boxes labeled “photos,” “stuff in frames” and “photo albums.” The plan is to scan in photos I want to keep and throw the rest out.
I’ve filled the dresser in the guest room with stuff I don’t know what to do with. There’s a drawer filled with cords from HMD1 to extension cords and cords of no known use. The same dresser drawer was filled with these cords in my son’s room in California. I think today is the day to make some decisions on cords I need and can use. Or, I can just throw the whole mess out and not waste my time.
The question is why did I move a mess of stuff I have no use for, but cannot part with? And why can’t I? Maybe today is the day.
Any suggestions on how to get rid of stuff I don’t have a place for is much appreciated.
Jan and I are doing the same thing. We are doing so our kids do not have to do it later.
That’s motivation. I’ll keep my kids in mind as I let go of stuff. You guys moved recently, too, so you know what we’re going through.
Ok. Depends on if it’s sentimental or just stuff. For the stuff, put things you’re unsure of in a box and label it for a date so mnths from now. Jot it in your planner. If you haven’t opened the box just donate it. For sentimental stuff, for every ten items keep one that’s representative of the memory or experience. Then buy yourself a small memory box and put the memories in there. If they don’t fit, take your faves. Take a picture of the other items. The memories are always in your heart
That is great advice! Thank you. I will try that today.
If that doesn’t help, I’ll give you some other suggestions
Reuse or recycle or give away