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October 05, 2006

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Restless Knitter

I don't remember where I heard this but it sounds good to me. Take pictures of the things that you are tossing but really don't want to. Most people hold onto things for the memory it invokes and they're afraid if they throw something out, they'll lose the memory. If you take a picture of it, you can still go back and look at it without it taking up the space. I have several things that I could toss so next time I declutter, pictures will be taken and things will be tossed.

Estella

Have fun with your mom...my parents just left yesterday morning after a brief visit...however, I'd probably call a month brief as it never seems long enough when you have time with family.

As for decluttering, it is something I do regularly so as you finish your declutter job make sure you keep it up so you don't become attached to things.

katie

Aw, have a great time! I wish my mom was going to be able to stay longer next week. We're going to have just one full day together (she's coming here on her way to Hilton Head for an annual trip with some of her tennis friends, but she had other obligations on both ends of the trip).

Decluttering is (sort of) fun if you ever do it FlyLady's way. I like her 27-fling boogie, or whatever it's called. Go into a room with a trashbag and find 27 things to throw out. Then I think you find 27 more to give away. It doesn't take long to find 27 things the first time you do a room!

Ruth

Have fun with your mum while she visits. If you want a tip for decluttering try moving 8 times in ten years across three states and two countries! I'm a hoarder and hubby isn't so we tend to work together on what to pitch. A good rule is if it's from the childhood we keep it, if it's books we keep it, if we haven't used it for 6 months pitch it out.

Geraldine

Have fun with your mom Beth!!!

Julia

Good luck with the decluttering! Estella's right about the 27-fling boogie. I'm working on one right now, but needed a break!

Gracie

I'm famous on your blog!

I hope that you are having a great time with your mom.

Debby

If it's sentimental, I keep it! Have fun with your mom!

P.S. I started the fronts of the CPH!

Sheri

Enjoy your visit with your Mom! I'm sure you'll both have fun just being together, no matter what you do.

To answer your comment on my blog, yes, if it weren't for the gates Libby would be smack dab in the middle of the stole looking at me as if to say "what? I can't sit here and be good and just watch you?" She looks like one of those buddas when she sits like that.

Sheri in GA (SE)

Sheepish Annie

I have problems with the sentimental clutter, too. But those questions-to-self are good ones and I might just have to do a little self-examination here, myself. I can barely move for all the stuff!

Have a great visit with mom!

Leslie

Isn't it wonderful to be able to enjoy time with your mom? My mom passed away 3 years ago and I miss the times we shared going on day trips to see my brothers. I was the only girl of 4 children. Even though I don't know your mom, give her a hug for me. Moms are special!

Rachel

Enjoy your visit with your mother! I hope you do find some winning recipes to make, and share them with us.

Kate

There is nothing better than a church cookbook. No substituting good stuff for lowfat, lots of stuff you will actually enjoy. I love a good church cookbook!

Patricia

Nice new decluttered blog!

trek

I find that the 6-12 month rule works great for lots of things.
I also figure that if I put something away but forgot that it was there, that is an indicator as well.

trek

Another rule I use is:

"Did I forget we owned this?"

Patricia

We're getting ready for our annual neighborhood garage sale and I'm in the process of decluttering. I'm getting pretty mercenary when it comes to getting rid of stuff! Good luck with it!

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