Jim Guinn wrote:For me, if I haven't used it in 6 months, don't plan to use it in the next 6 months, and don't know why in the world I'm hanging on to it, it goes!
Tyler Ludens wrote:I instantly fall into the "this might be useful some day" trap.
Tina Hillel wrote:After the struggle to clear our parents house, both my sister and I have been tossing a lot of our own.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:My mother and step-father are hoarders. They live in a 1700 s.f. four bedroom home that is literally so full you can hardly walk through it. My step-father has turned the living area into his office and has at least fifty file cabinets stacked up to form the walls, and filling the space (he researches forest fire lookouts and has a huge website on the subject). My mother has three bedrooms and a bedroom-sized pantry, all so full of stuff that you can barely get into them. You can't see the kitchen counters because they are so stacked up with stuff. That's just in the house. They have twenty acres, and there are two forty-foot shipping containers in the yard, both full of stuff. There are a couple of old travel trailers, full of stuff. There is a covered area (two or three Costco carports together) with more stuff in it. There are two Wells Cargo trailers full of stuff. And there are piles of stuff on the ground.
I've moved often enough in my life that I've learned to go through things periodically and get rid of anything superfluous, but Mom's house has been my real inspiration for decluttering. I dread the day when we have to clear her place out so it can be sold. Actually, at this point, it will probably be mostly my two younger sisters (who are in their fifties, but don't have bad backs like I do). But anyway, having a hoarder in the family is a real inspiration to NOT do that to my own home! My mother was born in 1936; I have a theory that growing up during the Depression and WWII has something to do with certain people growing up clutching their possessions so tightly.