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Do not be alarmed by the screaming [Jan. 21st, 2009|05:09 pm]
Zoethe
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Aaaahhhh!!!!! I feel totally owned by my stuff!!!! Too much clutter!!!!!

This message brought to you by frigid January claustrophobia.


Kidding aside, it's time to shed stuff. ADD means that clutter feels overwhelming. Clear, empty spaces are soothing to me. Must clean. It's a matter of sanity.
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[User Picture]From: chaosdancer
2009-01-21 10:44 pm (UTC)
Gonna post lists of what you're getting rid of? I still need lots of stuff down here - much of mine is in storage in Columbus. Maybe we could work out a mutually beneficial arrangement? :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-21 10:53 pm (UTC)
Alas, most of it's just junk, junk, junk. But if I manage to get rid of anything worth having, I will definitely keep you in mind!
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From: dsgood
2009-01-21 11:02 pm (UTC)
See this LJ community: unclutter_2009.
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2009-01-21 11:06 pm (UTC)
You beat me to it!
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2009-01-21 11:03 pm (UTC)
I woke up 2 Sundays ago with the exact same feeling. 5 hours later - the attic could have passed for a 4th bedroom, complete with a rug, table and foldaway bed and no clutter anywhere, as well as a car full of stuff to donate.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-21 11:37 pm (UTC)
That's great.

I, on the other hand, combined this impulse with a nasty fall. Now I'm sort of limping and trying to pick up all at once. Badness.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-21 11:37 pm (UTC)
It is a great thing, and I have joined.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-01-21 11:18 pm (UTC)
I feel this way too. I just can't figure out what to get rid of. x.x Or where to start!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-21 11:38 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't be too bad, having just moved!

Otherwise, pick a closet or a drawer and go to!
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[User Picture]From: kellirose1313
2009-01-21 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my pack rat side clashes with the ocd/add side often. I'll keep stuff forever adn go through the boxes every few month going "why on Earth did I keep this?"

I always end up with bags of trash that was so important at the time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-22 12:05 am (UTC)
It's completely true. And I just got rid of health insurance policy info that was YEARS outdated - what was I thinking?!
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2009-01-22 02:22 am (UTC)
As another woman "blessed" with ADD, I can tell you that plastic bins are your friends. I've filled my closet with bins, and it gives me a great deal of satisfaction to know there's "a place for everything and everything in its place." Of course, it's taken me 45 years to get here ...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-22 02:39 am (UTC)
we train each other in this. So far, I have not been enamored of bins - too much to get lost at the bottom.

Yet, properly labeled and maintained....hmmm....
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2009-01-22 06:06 pm (UTC)
*laugh* So, I said almost EXACTLY the same thing this week. The only thing saving me/preventing me from doing anything about it has been getting sick (and the usual early semester chaos at work that keeps me late and runs me ragged.)

Unlike you, though, I'm not at all sure how to deal with it! It's ALL OVER the house.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-22 07:44 pm (UTC)
It's all over the house here, too. I'm tackling it a bit at a time and getting some inspiration from here.
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[User Picture]From: mommeeof9
2009-01-22 11:14 pm (UTC)
We own way to much stuff. Does anyone need college papers from 30 years ago that they got a good grade on? Hubby thinks he does. There are at least 20 18 gallon bins full of papers between our bedroom, the sun porch and the ones stashed in the attic. I've tried sorting and filing them. My 2 yr old likes to pull everything out of the filing cabinets, hence the bins with tight fitting lids. Hubby pulls stuff out of the recycling and says he needs it. Unless it is financial or family geneology stuff, he does not need it. If I sort paper now, on those rare occasions when I have nothing to do, I burn the ones I know are junk in the wood stove. :)

Now to figure out what to do with 18 totes of toys, from baby stuff up to intricate legos that are just tossed into bins, no sorting done by the owners who were told to pick it up or Dad will throw it out. Most of them are in the attic, but it would be nice to have all the same toy, like train tracks and cars, in one bin where we could find them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-01-23 04:04 am (UTC)
Those are both enormous undertakings. I don't envy you!
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2009-01-23 05:12 pm (UTC)
Flat surface cancer... I haz it.
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