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    Organizing my room

    I've spent a whole week rearranging my house. I had a mid sized frame and machine and rented a studio. I decided to sell it and since our last one moved out (she bought her own condo) we are officially empty nesters.

    I've moved 3 spare bedrooms full of furniture and still not done. I was really hoping to be done tonight so I could sew or scrapbook tomorrow. Oh well, there is always next weekend.

    I can't believe how much "stuff" I still have after pitching stuff. LOL
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    I think "stuff" multiplies when we aren't looking! It's amazing how much time it takes to get things moved and organized. One project creates another. Won't you feel wonderful when it is all done!

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    Keep paying the rent on the storage units a when you bring it home it is all called STUFF !!!!!!MORE STUFF!!!!!!. I know because we just emotied the last 2 units last week. Now to tackle it. Want to help ???? Hugs

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    When we moved from a tiny house in town to the country, 19 yrs. ago, I thought I'd never fill our large house. Ha, ha. If I had to move now, I'd be quite challenged to deal with it all. Keep telling myself I must get started tackling it a little at a time. How does this happen?
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    "stuff" allways expands to meet the exsisting space Murphys' law.

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    I currently don't have a sewing room as it is being packed up for a move. We are empty nesters who are crazy enough to be up sizing instead of down sizing. Currently convinced that my stuff is breeding overnight lol.
    Enjoy your new sewing area - it will be worth all the hard work.

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    Bravo to you, Karenowc! I, too, am going through a "clean-out" phase - and this will include my sewing room. I'm going one room, one closet, one drawer, and one cabinet at a time. Pulling everything out and thinking to myself "If I had to move tomorrow, would I want to pack (and unpack and find a place for) this?" If the answer is no, it's either being given away or donated. There's too much junk in this house we don't use!

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    I'm going through this as well. We're just putting the house up for sale to retire to another state and we have way too much 'stuff' - how does this happen? Where does it all come from? And how do I get my girls to come get the rest of their 'stuff'? (maybe I should start charging them storage fees! lol)

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    We moved 14 years ago from an 1100 square foot house to a 3000 square foot house. I was sure I would never fill the new house. Ha the whole thing is full. Stuff breeds while you aren't looking and multiplies. I wish my batiks would multiply. We have 6 bedrooms with only my son still home. I keep trying to clean out stuff. My oldest DD is kinda between houses right now, trying to find a job here in town so she has stuff in her bedroom and the corner of my basement. Other DD is in college and has stuff everywhere.
    Years ago my parents cleaned their house out of all of our stuff. They made piles of our stuff and invited us to dinner. Then they showed us our piles and said we either needed to take it or it was going to Goodwill or the trash. Great way to get rid of stuff.

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    I donate 'stuff' every so often. We live in a small house and if it doesn't fit in closets or cabinets, out it goes.
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    I keep going places and bring home more stuff. It is like chocolate, I have to have it and then hate my weight.
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    I have spent the past year going thru my house for a move. My DH died a couple years ago & I am restarting my life w/a reconnect from hi school. In my old home in AZ we had everything from raising five kids & running a daycare plus my late DH's collections of just about anything & everything you can think of + a 2400 sq ft shop building packed to the rafters. We had converted a double car garage originally to my daycare, then to my sewing studio. The home I've moved into in CA is by no means a downsize, but we both have downsized our stuff in this process (his mainly thru his divorce & mine thru a reassembling process of what do I really need to keep in this transition). I've sold roomfuls of furniture and donated truckloads of "stuff" this past year. In my new home I have a room a bit larger than before designated as my studio in the ground floor basement area. Two U-haul moving trucks later I am just now to the point where the living area of the house is almost unpacked & melded together. Getting ready to tackle the downstairs basement area & set up my sewing studio again. It almost seems strange as I haven't been able to sew for pretty much this past year w/all the family stuff (my dad died at Xmas & I spent a couple months w/my mom in Iowa) & I'm finally getting close to starting up again in a whole new life.

    It is totally amazing how much stuff we manage to accumulate over the years - & how hard it is to get into the mindset of letting it go. But it is true what everyone says - it's amazing how freeing the process is.

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    The way we did it when we moved was #1, have your child buy your house that you raised them in for 20 years, #2, leave all that "stuff" in the basement, including their childhood toys. It worked out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntjo View Post

    It is totally amazing how much stuff we manage to accumulate over the years - & how hard it is to get into the mindset of letting it go. But it is true what everyone says - it's amazing how freeing the process is.
    I am at the beginning of a major decluttering, and you gave me hope about how freeing the process is. I hope that is true for me, because I am not looking forward to this. The only categories I intend to keep is books (my library) and most of my sewing stuff. Even so, I gave away 450 books and a couple hundred yards of fabric.
    Last edited by cricket_iscute; 07-08-2013 at 07:36 AM.

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    It will be well worth the effort and just think how satisfied you will feel when you are done..

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    I did the declutter this spring but I think I could do it again. I find it very freeing. Did not get rid of fabric / sewing stuff but organized it . I always say we spend 50 yrs collecting things we wanted then spend the next 50 yrs getting rid ot that same stuff. Today looked for a sm 66 manual that I can not find but know I did not throw it away only have many parts I will eventually put for sale later.

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    My kids are both in college and decided that it was time to get out of my huge house and move to something more manageable. They don't come home that frequently during the year except on holidays, and they agree it would be easier. So I am also cleaning house to put it on the market and find an 3 bedroom apartment for the next 6 years till I can retire and move to a warmer climate. The first thing I did was clean the garage so I had somewhere to put all the stuff that I am going to put into a garage sale. The two car garage just isn't big enough!! Keep going - it will get there eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    I'm going through this as well. We're just putting the house up for sale to retire to another state and we have way too much 'stuff' - how does this happen? Where does it all come from? And how do I get my girls to come get the rest of their 'stuff'? (maybe I should start charging them storage fees! lol)
    I would give them a set date, a few months out, tell them to come and get it or it goes in a big yard sale or donated because your moving and CAN NOT take it. Let it be their choice what they do, they are adults now.

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    I really believe that our "stuff" multiplies itself when we aren't looking, especially fabric. I realized this when we were downsizing and I combined all the totes of fabric from the basement sewing room, upstairs sewing room and 2 closets. I think I need "birth control" for my fabrics in the future. LOL

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    I don't mind the crafting stuff, but I am changing schools so at the end of the year I had to clean out my classroom. Oh my goodness I was in shock how much I have. I need to spend part of the summer going through all of it, but it has been so hot, I just can't get moving on that project.

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    Glad to see I'm not alone in this task. I did spend all weekend (except for 3 hours I pampered myself at a spa with a massage and pedicure). This evening my husband came into one of the rooms and said "It's beginning to look like a sewing room!". I think he was just happy I'm not paying rent on the studio AND I was able to bring everything upstairs and find a place for it. LOL The living room was the sorting station deciding if something stayed or left the premises.
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    I spent a couple of years long after my kids left trying to get the house "de-junked".. I really, really intended to clean the extras out, give away stuff and make the kids take their stuff home with them.. I did get the kid's stuff to them... Then my DMIL needed my help and I put the clean out on hold. After a couple more years she passed away and I have to clean out her stuff.. She was 93 and had everything she had ever had! My DL was anxious to begin work on her house so we made the decision to bring her "stuff" to our basement where I could finish finding homes for all the things. About the time I finally got it all over her and separated the tornado came and completely ripped everything to pieces. I have said that God knew I had good intentions, but that I'd never really get it done. So, HE took care of getting rid of stuff for me!!

    Going through the debris I found our "To Do" list.. 2 full pages of a yellow legal pad.. I took a Sharpie and wrote DONE across the pages and gave them to my DL.. we laughed and tossed the pad in the pile of trash.

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    Our kids had stored stuff in our attic. After several years of their not retrieving it, DH gave them all 1 month and informed them he was cleaning out the attic. DD asked us to continue keeping her baby stuff which we did. DS#1 asked what was up there and came and got it. DS#2 asked what he had up there and told his Dad he would come get it and help clean out the rest of the attic.

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