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Let it GO! Decluttering (simplifying) your life of (people, places or things) success stories?

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  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,893Member Member Posts: 2,893Member Member
    Hello everybody. I was thinking in bringing this thread a life, and @snoo61 and @RubyRed427 beated me to it. Thank you ladies!

    I finally got to work in the office stationary closet. I did a lot of cleaning and shredding, and my two DILs got a lot of hanging folders and clean papers that they can use at school. They are both teachers. The closet looks much cleaner and organized, but I still have the upper shelf to take care off. I am short so I will need to get a ladder to tackle that chore.

    I also cleaned two storage furnitures in the garage and last week Habitat for Humanity came to pick up them up. Things are looking better but having a big house to take care off doesn't give me much time free for extra organizing.

    My kids and their families are not coming for Christmas this year and we may not put the Christmas tree up since there will be no gifts under it. Everything will be mailed. I was thinking in using that extra free time for de-clutting and organizing the garage a little bit more. It would be a holiday gift to myself :D .

    Glad that you ladies are plugging along. Good job and congrats to all of us!.
  • RetiredAndLovingItRetiredAndLovingIt Posts: 635Member Member Posts: 635Member Member
    I agree @PAPYRUS3. I don't feel quite so bad about the plastic bags, I recycle all I can, and also our church has started making mats for the homeless crocheted out of "plarn" (plastic bags cut into strips). I have gotten alot better with recycling since our past hometown made it mandatory & I still do it now where we live. Plus excess clothing & stuff gets donated to a thrift store instead of the landfill. I cringe putting stuff in the garbage in daughters town where recycling is not as convenient. We usually only exchange gifts with kids & gkids, so the kids get 1/4 beef & the gkids are getting older, so instead of a bunch of junk, they get gift cards & one package to unwrap. & probably a book, too, to encourage reading.

    It really helps my mindset to be following a few minimalization blogs. But need to practice it more, lol.
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 7,399Member Member Posts: 7,399Member Member
    PAPYRUS3 wrote: »
    I'm letting 'Christmas Go' this year...and probably every year after that too.

    I was in the mall the other day and it totally made me depressed. SO MUCH STUFF! I couldn't help think most of stuff bought will be in a landfill within the year and what happens to all the crap not sold? And just the amount of plastic bags people had from the stores they purchased their stuff with will absolutely be in the landfill within 24 hours...

    Made me sad for our world...and my soul!

    I'll be decluttering my holiday this year...I'll be baking my gifts this year and making cards with the decorations I already have (I do have a 'crafty' box full of stuff). I will, however, be purchasing wine to go with my homemade goodies....and that will be that.

    I live in a highrise condo and see all the garbage people don't recycle in our building. It's crazy. Literally just today, I saw a huge pile of plastic and cardboard boxes sitting by our 'landfill' garbage...the recycle bins are just a few feet away too...

    I feel like I will actually enjoy this season this year :)

    If I do decide to purchase some gifts...It'll be from locale, little shops. It's a struggle beyond belief in my city right now...little shops are closing it seems like every day.

    I have done this few years back now. Basically, cancelled Christmas........ well not really. Just the gift giving part. I figured I cannot be the only one who is too stressed out running around, looking, thinking about various gifts. So I told my family... this gift giving has to stop. What I really want, you will not get me, and what you are going to get me I really truly do not want nor need. At first there was a slight backlash but then common sense prevailed.
    We simply just take joy in spending the time together as a family, enjoy the food, drinks and stress free Christmas.

    At my own apartment, I still get the small live tree because this is huge part of the tradition and how I was brought up. After a month it goes back to nature. Simple.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,893Member Member Posts: 2,893Member Member
    I agree with the above comments about Christmas. I wish I could be more of a "minimalist” around the holidays but there is a lot of push back from the family, since we still have younger/preteens grandchildren. However, in the last few years I have asked the older grandchildren and my own kids for their Christmas wish list, and I only get them what they really want, but not all of it.

    Most of the time, I will give them a gift card for the store of their choice or money, and maybe a small wrapped gift to put under their Christmas tree. They can buy whatever they want and need after the holidays, and they will probably get it cheaper due to the after Christmas sales. We have asked our kids for gift cards for us, either from a restaurant or to Home Depot or Lowell’s since I used them to buy plants for my garden.

    My husband and I still exchange gift but they are very practical. I get a facial for my birthday in December and a massage for Christmas, or if I do need something special a gift card. My husband likes gift cards from the barber shop and sometimes I get him an Amazon gift card or one for a local restaurant.

    I know that many people find the giving of gift card or money cold and not personal, but I love them and I think that they are better than gifting something that people doesn’t want or needs to be exchanged.

    We do have a good recycling program in town. Our garbage collection company provides and extra bin for all recyclable items and I donate a lot of unwanted items, including clothing, to local resale boutiques. I only dump clothing that are not longer usable. Is good to read and see that many people are doing their best to keep the environment clean and safe.
  • cory17cory17 Posts: 504Member Member Posts: 504Member Member
    Christmas has downsized dramatically for me. Put up a manger, no tree (excuse is the dog might try to pee on it), stopped cards years ago, and really only do gifts for the grandkids that live near. There's nothing anyone needs, and everyone already has so much, the new just blends into all the stuff. So I prefer dh to do something for me, or fix something I need done, an action. Sometimes he'll buy a bag of mangoes (which I could stuff myself with but try not to). So what do you give dh when he's the one saying we have too much and get rid of it? Not interested in doing or going anywhere - that's what am trying to move the grandkids toward - experiences.
  • katshearekatsheare Posts: 777Member Member Posts: 777Member Member
    PAPYRUS3 wrote: »
    I'm letting 'Christmas Go' this year...and probably every year after that too.

    I was in the mall the other day and it totally made me depressed. SO MUCH STUFF! I couldn't help think most of stuff bought will be in a landfill within the year and what happens to all the crap not sold? And just the amount of plastic bags people had from the stores they purchased their stuff with will absolutely be in the landfill within 24 hours...

    Made me sad for our world...and my soul!

    I'll be decluttering my holiday this year...I'll be baking my gifts this year and making cards with the decorations I already have (I do have a 'crafty' box full of stuff). I will, however, be purchasing wine to go with my homemade goodies....and that will be that.

    I live in a highrise condo and see all the garbage people don't recycle in our building. It's crazy. Literally just today, I saw a huge pile of plastic and cardboard boxes sitting by our 'landfill' garbage...the recycle bins are just a few feet away too...

    I feel like I will actually enjoy this season this year :)

    If I do decide to purchase some gifts...It'll be from locale, little shops. It's a struggle beyond belief in my city right now...little shops are closing it seems like every day.

    There is something I love about seeing what others think I will like, but Christmas for us is of necessity small (we have one small child, partner has 1 sibling (who also has a small family) and my whole family are on another continent) so it's maybe 4 gifts total being opened. And I'm genuinely interested in what comes, but that could be because we keep things so small.

    (Possibly worth mentioning that our waste - either recyclable or not - is considerably less than most of our neighbours. Walking on the night before curbside pickups is always a bit eye-opening to me. But we're also huge Freecyclers - both wanted and on offer (mostly on offer), and if Freecycle doesn't want it, it goes to the charity shop.)

    And when I do get things for others, they are from our local shops. We are having the same problem of shops closing at an appalling rate.

    I call decluttering 'winnowing' (from this story) and while I don't do it in the way the Mrs Schuping does, I do like a good thinning of the stuff every now and again.
  • weatherking2019weatherking2019 Posts: 328Member Member Posts: 328Member Member
    I've been doing my "Gifting" differently for awhile now.
    Instead of materialistic gift, I give EXPERIENCE. Last year, I took my kids to LA and stayed with my friends. Gave them an opportunity to see LA and on Xmas day, gave them a ticket to Universal Studios. We played together all day and spent the day making memories... The year before was a BIG trip to Hawaii. We have all these experiences together and pictures from the trip. That to me is a GIFT that we keep 4ever (without clutter!)<3
    edited December 4
  • PAPYRUS3PAPYRUS3 Posts: 4,691Member Member Posts: 4,691Member Member
    Love to hear of how you and your family are celebrating the season. I too love the idea of 'experiences'...that's what we will remember...not the slipper socks 20 years from now lol!

    Also, my niece just emailed the family how she is not wanting any gifts this year for her nor her husband. She's hosting a Christmas 'potluck' and wishes that the family bring a dish.

    Not sure what the rest of my family thinks about all this...but I'm glad I'm not 'alone' in this change in our family!
  • GreenValliGreenValli Posts: 737Member Member Posts: 737Member Member
    We are moving the end of the December, this month. Our landlord is moving back into their house. It is their old family home that they have had for generations. I hate moving and we are going from a 4 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom condo. My husband insists we need to rent a storage unit. I am struggling with working and trying to pack and declutter. I was hoping we would have more time so I could get rid of enough stuff to be comfortable in the new place so we would not have the expense of a storage unit and why do we need to store things if we are not using them.

    I must admit that it is hard getting rid of some things but it helps when I know the items are going to places where someone is likely to need and use our cast-off items.

    What do I do with our broken chair? What do I do with the twin mattress that our son-in-law brought over to store in our garage temporarily?

    I am stressed out about all of this. I am thankful for the opportunity to post this. It is more than I can handle and I need order and neatness to function.
  • weatherking2019weatherking2019 Posts: 328Member Member Posts: 328Member Member
    @GreenValli Ask for help! Moving it self is stressful. And to move in December is even more stressful!
    Part with things that are not usable. Broken chair, Old things you haven't used in 2 years. If you didn't fix or use in the past 2 years, you don't need it. If your inlaws brought things to store, call them to pick it up or it get's thrown out. Maybe there are things they want from your "not using pile".

    Anything that still has life but you or your husband doesn't need, call the Donation pickup center. https://pickupplease.org/

    My parents moved from a house to a condo and had to downsize a lot. It was emotional and VERY HARD. But after 10 years, they don't seem to miss it. It's a new way of living. You don't need that much. It's LIGHTER.

    LESS IS MORE good luck ;)
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