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Thread: Downsizing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    your last comment about the kids not wanting it either is so true. Maybe it will skip a generation and the grands might want something
    Our daughter's sons are 16 and 18 -so too young to be interested in household stuff - and their parents don't want it either. Our son's kids don't have space for "stuff" either. And he lives with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    It sounds interesting. Is it a new concept or a repeat of other methods?

    DH and I have completed cleaning out closets, the garage, and our shed. We have sent piles of "stuff" out of here and donated most items to others. It is freeing to not worry about "stuff".
    You have a husband that Does that? My DH is a hurricane of disorganization. I'm so envious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    Our town has a "free store" - really! Everything is donated - it is like a giant garage sale - used furniture, clothes, junk, building materials, etc. - the churches in our little town all tried to have a little clothing bank or resale shop in their churches but just couldn't maintain the volunteers, or inventory - so they all chipped in about $25.00 a month for utilities and a local business donated their building. It is only open Tues, Thurs and Sat. - run by volunteers - and anybody can come in and get anything that they need - no questions asked, no proof of income - just free. So, it is a wonderful place to donate anything that we have lying around the house that we don't need. We live way out in the country at the end of a dirt road so having a garage sale is out. So, we just have a big bird feed bag sitting out in the junk room and everytime that we run across something that we don't need, we toss it in the bag and when the bag is full we take it to the free store. How many pie pans does one old couple need? Half burned candles might help light a home in an emergency, etc. Old Tupperware, etc. gets put into the bag.
    The Free Store is such a great idea! Our community has a facebook page that is similar, but I like the physical store idea better.

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    As several have already mentioned, I, too, do not want my children to have to deal with disposing with lots of "stuff" that I can take care of now. In 2017, all the family pitched in to clean out my Mother's house so we could sell it and use the funds for Assisted Living. Me, my sister and my daughter did most of the work and it was a very tedious task. Now I'm helping my 89 yr. old aunt make repairs to her house so she can move back home. (She cared for her brother at his house for years.) Once I get her moved, then we have the brother's house to clean out and sell. Plus I still have a quarter of my basement and a third of my garage full of Mother's things that family wanted but still hasn't picked up. Sooo ... needless to say ... I'm completely overwhelmed with where to start on decluttering my own house. LOL. I'm determined to do this and my DH has offered to help. Unfortunately, he doesn't see the value in a lot of things like I do ... it's all trash to him. I have some things of Mother's that I'm sure I can sell to antique dealers and/or collectors and we have a large antique mall about 15 minutes away. I keep saying I'm going to take pictures of items to see if any of the dealers might be interested. Oh welll, some day. Ha.

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    I read it and agree with the principle. My relatives are dealing with this now. Unfortunately, their parents never downsized. I started decluttering a couple of months ago and itís very liberating. Iím not a minimalist but I appreciate the aesthetic and air quality improvements that come with less belongings. Plus cleaning is a breeze.

    I didnít have a lot to toss and never had a stash to contend with. I plan my sewing projects and Iím applying a similar approach to quilting to alleviate excess.

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    It's such a wonderful gift to give your children, cleaning out your own house. Downsizing while you still can do it yourself. After clearing out two homes one of my parents, one of his. There is so much emotional trauma, getting rid of someone's life items.

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    I am planning on downsizing my stash as well as patterns and books, quilting notions etc. My biggest thing to get out of the house is my Bailey. I will continue to quilt but not on a grand scale. I am going to focus on wall hangings, lap quilts and smaller quilted things. My true passion is clothes and handbags, totes and things for the grand kids.
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    Too bad you live so far away. I’d get your Bailey

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