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And the decluttering begins once more [Aug. 24th, 2013|04:15 pm]
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What started as trying to find a place to store my triathlon bag for the winter has now changed into the genesis of garage sale gatherings and the following plea:

Dear all my friends and family everywhere:

If you are somewhere and see a novelty item that you think I would just LOVE, I ask you, in the name of all that is sacred, to please just take a picture of it and send it to me. If you are visiting New Zealand and go to Hobbiton itself, please, please PLEASE, unless it is Viggo Mortensen himself that you are bringing back to me, DON'T BUY IT! I will appreciate the picture, and I won't have to find a place for it in my house. I already own about 40 times more stuff than I need. So unless I can eat it or read it, please don't give me things. If it's my birthday or Christmas and you feel like you want to give me a present? Make a donation to the American Cancer Society or Ronald McDonald house in my name.

Love you all.

(Note that books are exempted from this. Because even though I own vastly too many of them and should get rid of 90% of what I own...BOOKS!!!!)
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2013-08-24 08:29 pm (UTC)

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I've been going through the same sort of process for a long time now. One motivating factor behind me getting a Kindle was because I had too many damn books. I've also started selling off on Amazon copies of the books I replaced via Kindle editions.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-24 10:17 pm (UTC)

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In my ideal world, we would have a massive library. Because I am made happy by the mere presence of books.

I have a Kindle reader on my phone, and I use it, but I still love physical books in a sensual way.
[User Picture]From: reynai
2013-08-24 11:31 pm (UTC)

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I grew up in a house with thousands of books in. It's only that I've moved twice in the past two years that makes me less likely to hold onto books just because that's what you do--made me more practical. Because damn, having lots of books makes it hard to move. And I have only a few bookcases full.
[User Picture]From: baronbrian
2013-08-24 10:35 pm (UTC)

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Oh dear God, yes. I have this exact problem. Between a small, old house with little storage space and the tendency to take in too much stuff I fear for floor space. So I feel your pain.
[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2013-08-24 11:21 pm (UTC)

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i hear your pain. my mother has my grandmother's things (from a two bedroom house, plus storage room) and her things (from a 4 bedroom house with a stuffed garage) poured into a 3 bedroom, one car garage house.

and every time i go over there, she GIVES me things. some things, i keep. (like the container my grandmother made pickled beets in.) some, i do not. (like some of the stuff that she gives me that was mine, and i have NO idea why it was kept for decades!)

sometimes it's stuff that's still in good shape, which is brought home, stored in the garage till i have a goodly amount to go to the goodwill store (or to the store that helps the mental illness association) and then i do a drop-off. that way, it's still USED by someone. :)

photos, though, last forever!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-26 01:39 pm (UTC)

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I am working hard to refrain from the "I'll give it to my friends' kids!" form of decluttering. It's just cruel to burden someone else with my unwanteds!
[User Picture]From: anotherjen
2013-08-25 12:14 am (UTC)

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I love this rant! I always recommend that people give experiences - tickets to a show or concert, a meal out, or going an adventure of some kind.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-25 03:14 am (UTC)

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Massages. Massages are the best gift EVER.
From: anonymousalex
2013-08-25 02:10 pm (UTC)

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Best of luck with your decluttering. Ours has been an ongoing project for over a year, now.

-Alex
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-25 03:57 pm (UTC)

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I don't even know how we got so much stuff. It's like it went into the closet and had babies!
From: anonymousalex
2013-08-25 06:40 pm (UTC)

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Elves. Definitely Elves.

-Alex
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-25 08:08 pm (UTC)

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Bloody elves!
[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2013-08-25 06:27 pm (UTC)

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Of course all your books together only count as one thing. It is your Book Collection.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-25 08:07 pm (UTC)

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That it fills several rooms is beside the point!
[User Picture]From: pjhandley
2013-08-25 06:52 pm (UTC)

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I completely understand. Should I find one of those "Oh, she (and/or her beloved) *need* this...", I'll snap a photo to send to you on FB. :D
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-25 08:08 pm (UTC)

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Outstanding!! Thank you!
[User Picture]From: roaming
2013-08-26 04:40 am (UTC)

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awesome! Now I know where to send all the books I'm trying to declutter my overstuffed house from! (just kidding. sort of. I do want them to have a good home that will love them.)
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-08-26 01:38 pm (UTC)

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I am shuffling books out of the house in this process, as I always do, so I probably won't be a good home. But I always want something new to read!