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Old 05-08-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
 
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I have too mych stuff. I have too much little stuff, crap if you will.

There is a similar thread I made a year, maybe even six months ago.

Yesterday I cleaned out my closet. 3 bags of clothes I tossed. I didnt even get to the shoes. The kids room will be this weekend.

There's just too many things. I hate things!


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Old 05-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
 
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I was thinking the same thing yesterday while picking up yet another toy from the floor. I will be givong away unused toys today...while the kids are in school. It seems like when I try to do it when they are home, they always say they need it... Even though they don't
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Me too. I'm bad, but my husband is worse. He is a pack rat who gets emotionally attached to his stuff.

He is an only child and I guess they always had enough space for all the crap, so his mom never made him throw out anything. She has pack rat tendencies as well.

You should see their basement, and all the toys of his that are still there. And they have moved three times just since we've been married, and they just keep bringing it all. It's nuts.

I've had to teach him to purge.

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I have too much junk and not enough good stuff.

I want to trade in my hundreds of old, faded, mix and match odd and ends pieces of crap from Macy's, Kohl's, the Gap, etc. for a nice, crisp Prabal Gurung suit. Or two.
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I have too much stuff, too. It seems like I clean out closets every few months and donate it all to charity, but the stuff just multiplies like bunnies!
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Where do you guys give stuff away to? There's a couple organizations with those big bins that I donate clothes/shoes to. But right now I have a bunch of DVDs, a couple board games/puzzles, and probably some books to get rid of. Then I also have some small furniture (like a floor lamp, a small filing cabinet).

I feel like Savation Army would probably take this stuff, but on principle I don't donate to organizations connected to religion/faith. (That's another thread). Any ideas?
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Where do you guys give stuff away to? There's a couple organizations with those big bins that I donate clothes/shoes to. But right now I have a bunch of DVDs, a couple board games/puzzles, and probably some books to get rid of. Then I also have some small furniture (like a floor lamp, a small filing cabinet).

I feel like Savation Army would probably take this stuff, but on principle I don't donate to organizations connected to religion/faith. (That's another thread). Any ideas?
I usually donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or a local children's charity that has a resale shop. They do frequent pickups in my town so I don't even have to haul it anywhere. They take almost anything except large appliances and large furniture.

http://www.clothingpickuptexas.com/ has links to other states that also do charity clothing & small household item pickups. Maybe your state has one? They donate to a variety of charities.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #9
 
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I donate usually to the Vietnam Veteran's Association - it depends on where you live I think, but in a lot of areas you schedule a day and they come to your house and pick stuff up. You can just leave it sitting on your driveway and they take the stuff and leave a receipt for taxes. They take pretty much anything that the truck driver can lift on his own since they only send the one dude.

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Old 05-08-2012, 10:46 AM   #10
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Funny you should post this. My friend and I were just saying yesterday that we both have SO much weird, old crap in our rooms that we need to get rid of. I've been trying to convince myself to get off my butt and get started, all day long. It didn't happen today, but I'm definitely going to get started by the end of the week.

Who Me? - you could try FreeCycle or posting ads in the "free" section of Craigslist. Or, if you're looking to give it to a specific organization, Good Will should take things like that, if you have one nearby. For the books, you might even want to try a site like Paper Back Swap.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:25 AM   #11
 
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I used to be such a hoarder, then I got married to the military and having to move every few years is slowly breaking me. I cringe at the thought of all the stuff I've gotten rid of over the years. Where does it all come from!?! It is much easier to clean without piles of stuff everywhere though and I get twitchy now if things get cluttered. It certainly helped me realize what was important and what wasn't.

This can also lead to over purging, which apparently I've done with my closet. I could probably fit all my clothes and shoes into 3 trash bags. I've got to go shopping soon because the stuff I do have looks ragged.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #12
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Homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters, shelters of any kind, LOVE clothing donations! Toy donations are great, too!
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Who Me? - you could try FreeCycle or posting ads in the "free" section of Craigslist. Or, if you're looking to give it to a specific organization, Good Will should take things like that, if you have one nearby. For the books, you might even want to try a site like Paper Back Swap.
We're in the process of buying a house and moving, and dealing with people coming to get stuff is just too much of a hassle right now. For some reason I thought Goodwill had Christian affiliations, but it looks like it doesn't. That might be easiest!
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #14
 
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I donate to our local hospice thrift store. Last time we donated, it was a whole bunch of random stuff - some presents we had gotten from our wedding that just weren't our thing and weren't returnable, some older (but still good) kitchen equipment and video games. There are also the clothing/shoe donation bins around that I'll drop stuff off in if that's all I have at a given time.

I don't do salvation army either. I even avoid them at the grocery store around the holidays. I'm a scrooge.
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i give my stuff to Goodwill because it was also my understanding they don't have church affiliations.

when i moved from Ottawa to London, i gave away a LOT of stuff on FreeCycle - it was wonderful!!!
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I can't deal with clutter or too much stuff so I clean out closets and drawers and cupboards at least twice a year. I just cleaned out my bathing suits and workout clothes this past weekend. I love the feeling of getting rid of stuff. : )
I sell stuff on ebay, craigslist, and local online classifieds. The rest is donated to a thrift store run by our local Humane Society.
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I need to do a clothes purge. And a shoe one. What I hate is when I see an item that I like but have worn rarely and I have such angst over purging it. But there must be some reason why I do not wear it. Right??


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Me too. I have way too much stuff that I haven't used in ages.

Unfortunately, I have a hard time parting with this junk. I might take up painting again. I could re-use this or that. Argh! It is time to let got of the clutter that is smothering me.

I give to the Salvation Army. I'm glad the SA is there to help the addicts, homeless, hungry, etc.

I would also give to the Diabetes Foundation, but they sell the clothes very cheaply to Value Village (which resells them at ridiculous prices).

Other options: Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores, women's shelters (they sometimes need children's clothing), homeless shelters, libraries (may take dvd's), places for new immigrants.
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I need to do a clothes purge. And a shoe one. What I hate is when I see an item that I like but have worn rarely and I have such angst over purging it. But there must be some reason why I do not wear it. Right??


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Thats me!!

I have a weird attachment to clothes that I never wear.

Yesterday I kept telling myself, I dont care if its a nice shirt/pants/sweater, it doesnt fit right/makes your butt look weird/gets fuzzies everywhere, and you never wear it - get rid of it!


I have a problem with little things that dont really belong to anything, and dont have a place, but I can't seem to get rid of them. - what if I need a piece of string? Im going to.wish I had this! And I never use this obscure cell phone holder, but its nice, I like it. What if I want to use it someday?!

Im not a pack rat, really. I toss stuff a lot. Just not enough.
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I do that with clothes too, and I've had some items of clothing for 22 years. I can't seem to part with a( then oversized) electric blue sweater that has black and white checks and bright yellow taxi's on it, and taxi cabs for buttons. It's 80's hideous, but I love to snuggle up in it on cold nights. I just cleaned my closets this weekend I have have boxes of things to donate to our hospital auxiliary and reach thrift store. I also have a large box of clothes I'm giving to a friend. She has hounded me to death about giving her clothes I can no longer fit in, for months. I don't mind but please quit texting me at 3am begging me to give you clothes. As soon as I clean out the closet, they're yours.
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