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    If you have a local quilter guild I am sure they would appreciate having the quilting magazines. Our local guild places them on a table and lets the members take what they would like to have. I would take them if I lived close enough to come get them but NOT. Ann in TN

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    I kept 2 of childhood dolls, and for some reason, people think I collect dolls, but no, I'm only keeping my 2 dolls. The rest are out of here. Hubby has decided if we are not using it, it is out. For him this is a big step. He likes to keep things, working or not.

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    I think this habit developed from over 20 years in the Air Force ...but we always "purge" our home every six months. While in the military they will only ship a certain amount and pay for it. Anything over that alloted amount we had to pay for so like most military folks we kept our household goods under that set weight. Now it is a habit - if we have not used it in 6 months we probably don't need it and we purge it by giving it away, selling it or donating it. Sure keeps the house neat and I have never found (yet) that I got rid I something I went looking for at a later time.

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    My daughter married an Army guy, and got tired of paying over weight for moving all kinds of stuff that lived in the garage in boxes. She got rid of his woodworking mags but got the same thing on Disks, he never even looked for them again. Then when he objected to her getting rid of other stuff they'd moved from one base to another, she said that if he missed it she'd buy another just like it. He could not remember what he had that she'd donated!!!!
    I suspect we're a a little like that. It belongs to ME and I'm gong to KEEP IT FOR MYSELF. And then when it's gone we can't remember what the heck it was!!

    Call it de-cluttering. Call it Feng Shui. Call it keeping a place neat and open. Call it anything, but it's easier to keep clean when you have fewer things around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I've been moving through Stuff also. I recycled the quilting magazines to Senior Citizens. They are very loved and used.

    I've gone through my house and if I don't love, I don't want it. It is taking up valuable space in my home and my head.

    Now fabric? No. I have given away many, many yards to those who are making charity quilts. I give fabric gifts to other sewers when they see something I have they like. And I make lots and lots of charity quilts. (anything I'm not paid for is a charity quilt) This week I am working on a quilt for someone in chemo.

    It is very freeing and relaxing to not have the responsibility for all that stuff.



    Purplemem, I'm with you I collect remnants from everywhere I can find them and use them for charity quilts. When I run low or out of fabrics I start the yard sales and help sites and obtain more fabrics and start charity quilting again. Recycling someone elses cast off fabric into something usuful for someone who needs cheering up is a good feeling... :-D :-D :-D

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    It is very hard but doesn't part of you feel a little better since you are downsizing a bit? Sometimes it's hard to know why we felt we had to have a certain item and then it stays in the box forever. We are all in the same boat.

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    I have been destashing for the last 2 months I joined fly lady and got good ideas from there but I don;t really follow all her ideas but anyway I donated tons of stuff to a second hand store that supports a cat shelter I don't have a cat but it seemed like a good idea I like the fact my donations have helped to provide spay and neurting

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyCakes
    My goodwill does not take mags.
    Do you belong to a quilting guild? Take them to the meeting and give them all away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyCakes
    My goodwill does not take mags.
    Senior centers like them for the members to be able to buy, as a fund raiser. Call first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    OMG!!! I have boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff that is going to Goodwill. Good stuff too, including tons of books that never got read, computer software that never got used, etc. etc. etc.

    My dh and I want to move next year (or whenever we can sell the house) and we don't want to move all this stuff yet again.

    I'm dreading the boxes of quilting mags, etc. I should probably sell them here, but I'm getting too lazy in my old age and don't want all the work of responding to PMs, packaging, matching up addresses with PMs, etc.

    I don't know if I deserve sympathy or not. After all, I bought all this stuff in the first place! Sure am feeling sorry for myself now, though, as it's hard to let go of all this stuff..... Trying to make myself feel better for all the people who are going to get great bargains at Goodwill!

    Note to self: do ***not*** repeat ***not*** buy more STUFF!!! :-(

    Edit: Should add that I found some boxes that my husband had not unpacked since he moved back here from England 25 years ago.......
    I did that when I downsized about 4 years ago. Couldn't believe the amount of stuff you can accumulate over the years. Good idea to go throught it before you move and save the labor of moving it and then sorting it.

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    Whenever I go to a doctor or mechanic or hair-dresser, etc., I grab a handful of magazines that I've saved (sans mailing label) and put them on the table or in the rack with some of the other magazines.

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    Wow, this must be catching! I've been going through closets, etc. and getting rid of things too! My life is not "peaceful" and it's because of all this stuff I had to have....even from Goodwill (my shop of choice way before name brand stores!!). If a bedroom is supposed to be a place of rest, I've got to make it so...by getting rid stuff! And right now that stuff is in boxes in my living room. It has to get worse before it can get better, right? And it's kinda cleansing to do this. Makes life simpler! Just wondering .....where in western Wisc do you live? Might have to swing by your Goodwill! NO!!! I will not go buy more! LOL!

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    DH and I moved house seven years ago, from a four bed to a two bed bungalow. Our attic was loaded with all the stuff from our three sons - all moved away - and I lost count of the trips to the charity shops and the rubbish tip! And yet now we don't miss any of the stuff we dumped. Although I must admit my workroom and contents were heavily guarded throughout the move!! The small quilt group which meets at my house have all agreed to include detailed instructions in our wills that our families must contact the group before dumping all our beloved fabric, equipment, books, mags, and quilts........we've heard of families doing this not knowing what they're dumping!!

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    Just wondering. If we're all cleaning up our acts and getting rid of a lot of stuff, who's buying? I made my daily trip to Goodwill today. More tomorrow and the next day. We have a Neighborhood Clean Up day coming and they'll bring the large trash bins for us. Here's our chance.

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    I did the same thing about a month ago. Cleaned up the garage and took car load to a thrift shop that is for humane society and gave some to the other thrift shop that is the mission for the poor or homeless. It was good weather here so I could get it done 1st part of april. It does feel better to get things cleaned up and organized.

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    I did the same thing about a month ago. Cleaned up the garage and took car load to a thrift shop that is for humane society and gave some to the other thrift shop that is the mission for the poor or homeless. It was good weather here so I could get it done 1st part of april. It does feel better to get things cleaned up and organized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    OMG!!! I have boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff that is going to Goodwill. Good stuff too, including tons of books that never got read, computer software that never got used, etc. etc. etc.

    My dh and I want to move next year (or whenever we can sell the house) and we don't want to move all this stuff yet again.

    I'm dreading the boxes of quilting mags, etc. I should probably sell them here, but I'm getting too lazy in my old age and don't want all the work of responding to PMs, packaging, matching up addresses with PMs, etc.

    I don't know if I deserve sympathy or not. After all, I bought all this stuff in the first place! Sure am feeling sorry for myself now, though, as it's hard to let go of all this stuff..... Trying to make myself feel better for all the people who are going to get great bargains at Goodwill!

    Note to self: do ***not*** repeat ***not*** buy more STUFF!!! :-(

    Edit: Should add that I found some boxes that my husband had not unpacked since he moved back here from England 25 years ago.......
    I am sitting here laughing at you since I am in the same position. Need to sell my house but have such a huge glass collection of Moon & Star pattern that I can't sell or even think of moving til I get rid of it somehow. Like you, I'm feeling too lazy to pursue selling it. So much work to deal with it pc. by pc.
    I should send you my son. He can toss things out without a second thought.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I dropped the first car load of "stuff" off at Goodwill. My, that was easy! And I'm not missing it! The hard part is actually going through the stuff and deciding to actually put it in the box that will go to Goodwill.

    I won't put the quilting mags in landfill. Over the years I donated quite a few magazines and books to a local non-profit that teaches quilting; just don't know if they can use anymore. At the very least I will make sure the old mags get into the hands of other quilters.
    Sometimes a local school can use your magazines for art projects. I put a lot of things in the teachers workroom. My trash, their treasure.

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    Still working on the STUFF. Back seat is loaded with boxes again, plus have some bags of clothes to throw in there for a dropoff tomorrow.

    Don't want to admit it, but I found a tan featherweight in a case that I don't even remember buying. THAT's not going to Goodwill!!!

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    Good grief - how can you forget a Featherweight!!!!?

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    Prism 99, the featherweight you "discovered" is a reward for your hard work.

    Confession time for me---- Although I am filling boxes for Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul, I came home today from Vinnies with 5 cotton shirts to be repurposed. More has to go OUT than comes IN :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Chuckie2
    Good grief - how can you forget a Featherweight!!!!?
    Yeah, makes me worry about memory loss in my old age! Actually, after posting, I finally remembered how I acquired that machine. I had responded to an ad and the guy insisted on bringing the machine over to the house. When he came, he was an older guy and the machine wasn't in that great a shape. I didn't really want to buy it, but he clearly wanted to sell it and, since he'd come all the way over, I finally bought it just to get rid of him. Turned down a different machine he wanted to sell me too.

    I think the experience was just off-putting enough that I never "bonded" with the machine and that's why I eventually forgot all about it.

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    If you need someone to bond with it, let me know....I'm in the bonding mood!!! LOL!

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