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Old 01-08-2017, 09:40 AM   #1
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2017 - Time to clean out

My mom passed 1 yr ago and she was famous for buying all of us handy dandy appliances, choppers, graters, taco tray holders, microwave cooking items, quesadilla maker, I have always done mine in a cast iron grill on top of stove. baked potato bag, hot air popcorn popper even though I you don't eat that much pop corn and the list could go on. I appreciated every gift she gave. Have used each item at least once so if she ever asked if I used it I can honestly say yes. But it is time to clean out the items and appliance you don't use. I heaved ho and boy do I have a lot of room now.
Unbelievable how they took up so much room. Some items were donated, some friends wanted so they were not just thrown out.

What got me started on it was after my dad died in January and Mom in December in 2015 and us kids this past year cleaning their house out of 65 years, and getting it ready to sell made me think What do I have stored away that I haven't seen in years.
So I stared in bedroom and closets and just this past week I did garage, kitchen.
If you want to have a fresh new start go through every cupboard, drawer, closet and if it has sat there and not moved in many years get rid of it. You will feel good really good.

Happy New Year all

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Old 01-08-2017, 10:33 AM   #2
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DH wanted some new clothes recently, but the closet and his dresser were full, plus he had piles in a couple places. I don't think he's gone through his clothes in 20 years or more. So we spent a couple hours on a recent Saturday, going through every last piece. Three paper shopping bags full to the trash and four to Goodwill. Now he has only clothes that he likes and wears and the dresser drawers close properly

It's definitely a good idea to do this now and then. Happy New Year!
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:37 AM   #3
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I have been going through our "stuff" also. I don't want to leave my kids a bunch of things that they don't want or will never use.
Getting my husband to go through a garage full of tools, machines, etc. is a challenge. That'll be on him.LOL.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:26 PM   #4
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I cleaned my fridge from Christmas food and candy and what nots that had been hidden in there and I did the same to the fridge. But I let the pantry be, because it attacked me, hurled a bottle of vinegar at me...
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:17 PM   #5
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I did that a while back. I had a bunch of business suits, dress shirts and neckties I never wore. The suits didn't even come close to fitting me. I cleaned out half my closet and thinned out several dresser drawers and now have plenty of room.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:34 PM   #6
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Living in a small apartment certainly hasn't given me any room to spare. So in the ten years I have lived here, overtime I have given to Spike my sewing machine, electric knife sharpener, my Robot Coupe food processor and all the accessories that I have added over the years, four slice toaster, A set of dishes, a six quart slow cooker and a few other things I can't remember right now. Except for the dishes, all taking up space in my few cabinets or on the top of the counter.

I now have empty cabinets and plenty of counter space. Along with one deep empty drawer. I no longer do any sewing. When you have one, every family member wants you to make repairs on rips or an article of clothing. I bought a two slice toaster. Now if I could find a one slice one, I would get it. If I need a knife sharpened, I give it to Spike. I certainly do not need a six quart slow cooker. In order to use the Robot Coupe, I would have to drag it from the corner, then lift it and bring it to where there was an outlet. That thing is very. It is more than 25 years old and was made in France.

In exchange I did keep my KA. Only because I do a lot of holiday baking for everyone, and I use the grinder for hamburger. That too is very heavy, but I keep it near the plug. I also have my electric can opener. And when I am not in the mood for a long baking session, but do need the use of a mixer, I use my hand mixer my daughter gave me. In exchange, I gave her my electric knife.
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:57 AM   #7
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...What got me started on it was after my dad died in January and Mom in December in 2015 and us kids this past year cleaning their house out of 65 years, and getting it ready to sell made me think What do I have stored away that I haven't seen in years...
First off, letscook, sorry to hear about your parents' passings.

Now, onto that clean-out. When my folks were both gone and I had to clean house, we had just moved from OH to MA and I was missing home terribly. Got their stuff cleaned out, but moved a goodly amount to our place in MA. Why? Oh, so that I can now clean out things before we move back to OH.

Slowly, I'm whittling away at things that made the move with us, and things I brought from Mom and Dad's. If I haven't used it in the last year or two, off it's going to a local resale shop. We do not need to pay to move things that will only be donated once we get back to OH. My new criteria is "will it cost less $$ or trouble to ditch it, then replace it if I need it again?". So far, my cast iron cookware has passed the "keep" test.

Good luck with your purge.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:08 AM   #8
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I did a kitchen purge a year or so ago and got rid of all the large, pots, pans, casseroles. I also tried to weed out all of the odd drinking glasses, dishes, coffee mugs, nice little jars and single use items.

I kept all of the average to small items and what I thought I might need to cook a full holiday meal.

It's time to do another purge and continue to seek the minimum! I have found that I use the same few pots, pans, dishes, etc... on a daily basis, about two thirds of what I thought I might need has found its way to the back of the cupboards.

This business of purging and decluttering will never be finished, I keep a small cardboard box on the floor of the closet by the front door and add items that need to go to the charity shop. My goal is 17 boxes in 2017.
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I did that a while back. I had a bunch of business suits, dress shirts and neckties I never wore. The suits didn't even come close to fitting me. I cleaned out half my closet and thinned out several dresser drawers and now have plenty of room.
Isn't it amazing how clothes shrink while just hanging in the closet?
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:20 AM   #10
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lc, my condolences for your parents.

When we moved in 2015, it seemed like an unbelievably daunting task to have to go through everything and decide what to keep and what to chuck or donate. We bought our new house and moved while we fixed uo the old house for sale, so instead of taking on that task, I was able to take my time and go by the old house everday on my way home from work and just box everything up and haul it to the new house figuring we'll go through it at our leisure.

It took almost 6 months of packing boxes, loading the truck, and a thousand trips through the garage and down the new basement steps.

We had our 2 family house and basement full of stuff, plus a huge storage unit nearby that was full of things from my previous apartments in the city. I mean, we never seemed to throw anything away. Not clothes, or toys, or kitchen stuff, or decent furniture, or exercise equipment, or anything.

Now, my new basement is full of our old lives in half-torn open boxes, and we STILL bought a lot of new stuff for the new house. We did give a lot of the old furniture and infant stuff away, but there's still so much more.

Once in a while, DW gets to bagging up old things and donating them to the VVA or Salvation Army. The next round of stuff will be little kids toys. You'd have thought we had 6 kids with that giant pile.

This has all made me philosophical about the entire lot. I don't really need any of it. I could walk away with my family and pets and be just as happy as ever.

Wait. And my fishing stuff. A lot of that was given to me by my dad.
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