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Re: After the initial pain....you do feel better...


@Whatnow wrote:

Spm of our donation places are full and not accepting...too many must be clearing out and downsizing their homes.


@Whatnow I think decluttering has become a trending thing now.

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@Nataliesgramma   SPOT ON comments!  Thanks for posting this.  I am going to print this out and pin it up in my closet!  

 

I just did the same thing with a bag of clothes--about three NEW and NOT CHEAP ones!  

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@Nataliesgramma 

 

Five years ago when we got our FL condo, I too loaded up our van and took many trips to local Goodwill with all the things in the furnished condo that I knew immediately would not work for us.  All the linens and spreads went to animal shelters for post surgery recovery use.

 

However, there were some things I have hung on to.  Yesterday I finally took the floor length sheer curtains with the gorgeous cut-out lace intricate design to Goodwill....I even left the expensive bronze curtain rings on them!

 

I feel better that they are gone and that someone will have a beautiful room or two with the sheers !

 

 

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
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The saying Just Do It fits. 

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Cracked open box with my wedding stuff and graduation cards. Junior High yearbooks, poetry book. Stuff that means nothing to anyone else. I should bundle it up and trash it but the box is still hovering near my chair.

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It’s the best thing I did purging all the stuff I didn’t use. And your right, about the room to see things in cupboards now. 

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The easiest items for me to donate are clothes, I do not have a problem with that.  However, I do have antiques I inherited from my mother which I am not just going to donate .  I will get an appraiser in and see what happens.  I know of course I will never get as much for the pieces as they are worth but I am OK with that.  

 

I have found out whatever I donate I don't even think about or remember after awhile which just goes to show I needed to let go.

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If I have things I no longer want or use, but I’m not quite sure about, I put them aside.  Out of sight somewhere, for a period of time.  If, after a while, I don’t think about them or truly don’t need them, out they go.  If they’re on my mind or I find I do use them, they stay.  In the past I have donated some things and then found later that I regretted doing that.  Not usually the case, but I hate having to buy something back that I gave away! 😠🤗

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@Nataliesgramma  Congratulations to you for all your hard work.   I love the free feeling after cleaning out--it is like a burden off my shoulder.  Then once it is done within a couple weeks I am going through again looking for more to streamline...  I donate all my clothing, shoes, cooking vessels, etc. to Vietnam Veterans; they don't take furniture so those pieces go to the local Blind Shop.

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Congrats @Nataliesgramma ! It's a great feeling isn't it.

 

Its very interesting I "wanted" to donate a few things to our Goodwill this week -- there was a sign they were not accepting donations so I headed over to Hospice Thrift store.  They weren't accepting either.

 

Guess these places are jammed with our "treasures" since all of us have been "Spring Cleaning".  

 

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