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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


With the insulation contractor requiring me to move stuff away from all the basement walls, I had to realize how badly clutterred the entire basement had become.  It happens so gradually!

So another project is to get rid of stuff I haven't used in 10 years. 

First, that used dining table set I bought from Salvation Army when I retired,  planning to refinish it.  I'm never going to that!  I'm giving it back to them.  And as long as I was planning THAT. I decided to find everything else I could part with.  Stacking chairs I bought 20 years ago when I thought I would be throwing deck parties, wine bottle holders and kitchen stuff I never used, etc.  I'm sure there is more if I look around.

But mostly, that table and those chairs take up a lot of space in the basement and I have enough stuff down there that belongs there as it is.

There is stuff in the boxes that were in the attic that I had to haul down.  Most were Christmas decorations, and I haven't decorated a Christmas tree in 10 years.  I don't need them.  Most of those  can go.  I think I will keep the most unusual or the ornaments and little LED outside lights, I might use them again.

Some stuff from the attic I WILL keep.  I discovered several boxes of HO train stuff from my teen years that I thought were long gone.  I think I will set them up on the living room floor to see what I have.

But unclutterring is the rule of the day.


Fuzzy Tales said...

It feels GREAT to get rid of old and/or unused stuff! Plus there's an unwritten universal law: you have to clear out the old to make room for the new, whatever that might be (material or non).

What I can't fathom, though, is how my place seems so filled, even though I'm not a pack rat and I consistently declutter and donate 2 - 3 times a year. I don't even buy much, other than cat items.

Okay, if I took away all the cat things in this house, there might not be that much left. LOL.

Good luck; I hope you enjoy the process. :-)

Megan said...

Good job Mark. I wonder what the cats will make of your train set!

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Katie Isabella said...

I go thru that insanity maybe once a year but I do.