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I am not a "pack rat" but I would have a hard time convincing someone of that, if they should come by my house any time soon. I have been digging out closets & draws and everywhere else you might choose to put things. I have bagged up clothes that I have been holding onto (for when I lose weight). I have made up my mind that I will NEVER get back into a size 10. And if I do, I deserve to get a new wardrobe. Now, I think I have 3 things left in my closet. (just kidding). I have dragged stuff off my walls that I'm so sick of looking at but just never bothered to haul them down and pitch them out. Would you believe that among all these treasures are two big suit cases that an old lady friend asked us to keep for her. (she thought her niece was going to steal them). LOL Dh said he would keep them for her. Well, she landed in an assisted living facility. She died, two years ago at the age of 104. But her suit cases are still here.(This was one trip she didn't need them). They are going to GoodWill with the rest of the stuff. (or should I call her neice). lol

The real challenge is when I hit the sewing room and kitchen cupboards. OMG, where do I start. I'm having a meeting of the guild here tonight so I'm going to pick over some things I don't want and offer them to the girls. If they don't want it, Off  to GW it will go.

Well I guess I had better get back to work, Lots to do. Now I know why I have stayed here for 46 years. I have dreaded moving.

 

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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on July 7, 2011 at 8:37am

Irene:  When you get done there how about coming to Washington and working on my house.  After de-cluttering my moms I'm too pooped to do mine. Pace yourself. 

 My closet is down right scary.  Maybe I'll attempt to clean it on Halloween night? 

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on July 7, 2011 at 6:52am

I also dread moving, but when we do, I hope I have decluttered the house and just have the bare necessities.

Here's my story about moving: When I arrived in the US with my DH all I had were 2 suitcases of clothes and our wedding presents. We lived with his folks for a few months.  We found an apartment nearby and moved with 3 boxes of clothes, my DH's record collections and his gun collection. We bought our bedroom set, and living room set. The dining set was a hand-me-down from his grandparents. We stayed at the apartment for 2 years until he got transferred to another town 40 miles away.  We moved into a rented home and have our stuff in a small cargo van. Three years later we built our house 5 miles away. It took us over 3 weeks hauling our furniture and belongings to the new house in a single station wagon.  We stayed there for 15 years.  All this time I had been accumulating fabrics and other craft supplies, purchased more furniture, and, of course, the kids' stuff. We then moved to our current home, we got a UHaul moving van, plus countless trips with the cars to get our stuff to the new place.  This was 17 years ago. I can barely move around in the basement, the porch is packed with boxes, and our shed is full of stuff as well. Lately, when DH is not around I have been removing stuff that haven't been used for for  the past few years, a lot of the electronics, clothes and tools have already gone to Goodwill. I hope that in the next 2 years I can clean out everything that have to go. DD has warned us that if anything happens to either one of us, she'd hire a company that will removed everything.  Other than jewelry and finished quilts and the photos, she has no desire to keep any of our stuff since she also has her own share of junk at her house.

Comment by Katie Mlnarik on July 7, 2011 at 4:18am
Irene, I am so glad that I am moved in and got 2 boxes left to unpack.  Also, glad that my twins both needed stuff for their apartments, that helped me part with lots more stuff, I also left stuff at the farm for the new owners and what a relief.  The only problem I am having is, where am I going to sew.  The way it is looking, maybe the garage, outside, or the kitchen table.  My new furniture is coming next Friday.  There are things I miss about the farm, but when I think of the 8 feet of snow we got last winter and no tractor or snowblower to remove it, it snaps me back into reality.  I am on the ambulance route to/from the hospital, and they keep my road open, and I have a very short driveway, so I am much better off,   Irene, you will be so glad when it is over,  be selective on what you want to take with you.  Pace yourself,   wishing I was there to help you,
Comment by Irene Gallway on July 6, 2011 at 1:43pm
We made the trek to Bangor today to dump off a truck load of goodies to GoodWill. I didn't feel bad at all for parting with, "now listen up" FABRIC. I went through a cedar chest I have been storing fabric in for a long time. I filled two bags for GW, kept a fair amount for myself and threw the rest in the trash. My really good stuff is in the sewing room and I don't think I will let any of that go. To answer your question Sandy, The suitcases were empty. I'm glad the clothes she wanted to be buried in weren't in them. I would have had a very big "oops" moment. Jennie, I believe I will shed a few tears when I actually go out the door for the last time but I'm O.K. I believe when the time is right for anything we know it, and have peace about it. I have said many times I was going to sell but just kept hanging on. This time my body tells me it's time. Running up and down stairs umpteen times a day and trying to keep this house clean is becoming harder each year. So before I get any older I want to get into something smaller with no shoveling, mowing, and other maintainence to worry about.
Comment by Jennie Steward on July 6, 2011 at 7:49am
It must be tough to move after living there all those years.  I know it would be for me.  I live in the house I was born in.  I tell my DH he will have to wait till I am gone to move from here.  I am staying put.  Kudos to you for your cheerful attitude in making this move.
Comment by Patricia, VA on July 5, 2011 at 6:45pm

I know what you mean, I moved after 40yrs in a house, the things I gave away and at the same time I cleaned out my mother in laws house, oh! joy.

Good luck, you have the right mind set to clean out.

Comment by Sunshine/Mi on July 5, 2011 at 3:05pm
I HATE packing to move... when we moved into this home 18 yrs ago, I started telling my kids that when I die, they're just to bury me here in the house... I'M NOT MOVING AGAIN.  When they see my sewing/craft room, I see them shake their heads and think they know why I said it lol.  They've each also told me that they don't want to be the one that has to clean that room out.; guess I'll have to stay alive - at least long enough to use it all up :).
Comment by Janet/MO on July 5, 2011 at 3:02pm
Having just moved Irene, I sympathize with what you are dealing with!  I know I still need to make myself go through my sewing stuff & donate a lot of it, but I just can't bring myself to do it. 
Comment by Margo in Maine on July 5, 2011 at 12:00pm
Oh this made me laugh....I have tried downsizing and have accomplished some...but we have lived here about 50 years and we have the house with an attic and basement....plus all kinds of farm equipment etc...I feel overwhelmed by it some days when I think about one of us dying...I have told him what to do with my quilt studio but the rest is up in the air....of course, I told him cows would go immediately....we chuckle and keep right on.....but one of these days....
Comment by Gayle/La. on July 5, 2011 at 11:31am
Irene, I understand what you are going thru. When DH and I first married we moved at an average of every year and a half and didn't have time to "collect" a lot of stuff.  Then we settled and stayed for over 20 years and when we moved it took me months to get everything cleaned out and packed.  I am dreading the next move since we have been here going on almost 20 years.

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